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January 18, 2011

The "Boyz to Gentlemen" Summit: Saturday, January 22, 2011

UPDATE: Please note that the pre-registration period has now expired. Due to limited space and an enthusiastic response, no more pre-registration applications will be taken at this time.Boyz to Gentlemen Summit- 1/22/11

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011, Charleston County School District's (CCSD) Parent University will host a free summit entitled “From Boyz to Gentlemen: Raising Successful Sons in the 21st Century” at R.B. Stall High School.  The event is geared towards parents of boys of color and for boys of color ages 6-18. 

The summit begins with a presentation by the Justice Academy USA, followed by a panel presentation. The panel consists of men of color who will address a variety of issues including student achievement; the role of family, community and school in the development of boys of color; and strategies for raising successful boys.  Panelists are state and local leaders including:

  • Raphael James, Channel 5 (will serve as panel moderator)
  • Congressman Tim Scott
  • Chaplain and City Councilman Jimmy Gallant
  • Dr. Marcus Cox, Assistant Dean at The Citadel
  • Dr. Jim Winbush, Associate Superintendent of Charleston County School District
  • Gustavo Angel, Executive Producer of Azteca America Television, Comcast 29
  • Angel Cordero, Retired FAA Air Traffic Control Supervisor and Founder of the Tri- County Hispanic American Association
  • Clay Middleton, Lowcountry Coordinator for Congressman James E. Clyburn
  • Paul Stoney, CEO of Cannon Street YMCA

The summit also provides leadership sessions geared towards specific audiences.      

  • Workshop for Parents: facilitated by Kevin Smith, assistant principal of Morningside Middle School
  • Elementary School Boys Leadership Academy & Session (for boys in grades Kindergarten through 5): facilitated by Rev. Richie Pickering, minister and educator from Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Middle School Boys Leadership Academy & Session (for boys in grades 6 through 8): facilitated by Dr. Joe Williams, principal of Morningside Middle School
  • High School Boys Leadership Academy & Session (for boys in grades 9 through 12): facilitated by John Frasier, community leader and co-host of the radio show "Another Perspective"

The event also features a resource fair, designed to provide information about community and faith-based programs for boys. Lunch will be provided by Piggly Wiggly, CCSD's partner for the Parent University program. Childcare is available for children ages 4-12.

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