Helping Boys Thrive®


Gurian Institute

A One-Day Event for Parents and Professionals Who Are Raising, Educating, and Working with Boys and Young Men

“Children are our destiny, whether we ourselves give birth to them or not.  If we are not working to improve the lives of children, we are living half a life.  When we devote ourselves to children, we become whole.”

–Michael Gurian, Author of THE WONDER OF BOYS and THE WONDER OF GIRLS

A New Study Reveals Just How Much Our Boys Need Our Help


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Helping Boys Thrive Summit®

The Wonder of Boys
A One-Day Event for Parents and Professionals Who Are Raising, Educating, and Working with Boys and Young Men

“Our boys need us now in ways they have not before.  They are being raised in a very complex world and many of their support systems and developmental frameworks have crumbled.  As we bring our passionate attention to boys today, and come together to nurture, support, and educate them well, we give a gift not only to them, but to our families, communities, and culture.  I hope you will agree that it is time for a coordinated grass roots effort to help our sons.  Let’s do this together with summits and outreach that positively alter the cultural landscape for our sons.”

Michael Gurian, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE WONDER OF BOYS

Parents and professionals today can sense the hunger in boys for innovative parenting and effective education.   In nearly every academic and behavioral marker, boys and young men are struggling.  While some males get to the top of corporations and government quite well, millions of males are not thriving.   In your own community, you may have felt a need to study and positively affect the developmental journey of our boys.   In every community, we are seeing more and more boys who need our help, and want us to engage with them in successful ways.

The Helping Boys Thrive Summit® is a one day event that brings together professionals, parents, educators, and community stakeholders in just this task.  The summit is a positive, life-affirming, science-based, and practically focused professional development and networking event.   This may be the first of its kind in your community, one that brings together a national pioneer in the field of boys’ development with local pioneers in helping boys, young men, and families.

“The Helping Boys Thrive Summit in Denver was truly an awesome day for all who attended from FRIENDS FIRST.  Our Program Director, Russel Dains, told me this was the best single-day training he has ever had and he has been working with youth his whole career!”

–Andy Matott, Community Engagement Manager, Friends First

If you can organize a Summit, or know an agency or group that can, please contact Michael Gurian ( or Dakota Hoyt (   We can work out details with you.  The Institute has the organizational plans, press releases, flyers, other needed materials, and mentoring structure available to you for a successful summit.

Questions the Summit Can Answer

The Purpose of BoysIf these kinds of questions are being asked in your community, this summit might be just the right vehicle for growth and social change:

  • What do boys need and how are boys needed in their world?
  • Why are boys falling behind in so many aspects of life, including school?
  • What is normal development of a boy from infancy to college age?
  • What do boys specifically need from moms and dads as they develop?
  • What do boys need from grandparents and other mentors?
  • What do boys need from their faith communities?
  • How can we best protect the emotional lives of boys and young men?
  • How do we best deal with bullying and most effectively end male violence?
  • What are the best ways for counselors and therapists to work with males?
  • What rites of passage are needed for boys?

The founders of the Helping Boys Thrive Summit® are asking you to focus the program on boys, but we believe this work is not just about boys—it is also about girls.   We we are now in an era in which girls’ and women’s rights will not move to their next level of social success until we solve the issues boys face.   Michael Gurian, the father of two daughters, recently noted, “Our genders are utterly interdependent and the disturbing loss of our males is beginning to significantly harm our females as well.”

Who Could Attend Your Summit

This summit is for parents, teachers, counselors, therapists, medical professionals, grandparents, law enforcement and corrections workers, youth service providers, early childhood providers, mentors, ministers and other faith professionals, and policy makers.   Some breakout sessions are targeted toward professionals and some to parents.   All sessions provide evidence-based practical strategies that can be used tomorrow in homes, offices, schools, and  other environments.

The Minds of BoysCelebrating Boys

While the need for the summit grows, the founders believe, from disturbing trends in the social development of boys today, the summit itself can also be a celebration of the vitality and uniqueness of boys and young men.    This is a day to focus on boys’ development and enjoy boy energy and the resilience and vision of our boys and young men.

About Michael Gurian, Co-founder of Helping Boys Thrive Summit®

Michael GurianMichael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty eight books published in twenty two languages. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. As a social philosopher and family counselor, Michael has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including THE MINDS OF BOYS, THE WONDER OF GIRLS, BOYS AND GIRLS LEARN DIFFERENTLY, and LEADERSHIP AND THE SEXES.   His book THE WONDER OF BOYS is credited with sparking the Boys Movement (USA Today).

Michael provides keynotes and consulting throughout the world, and his work has been featured in professional journals and major media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Time, Educational Leadership, Newsweek, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS, and National Public Radio. He has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to bring together scientific principles and people’s everyday lives.

Michael is a lead author of a meta-study you can access on the worldwide web (click then “Proposal”).  Michael and a number of thought leaders in male development wrote the study in order to celebrate boys and alert policymakers to issues they face today.

Boys Need Our Help!

Contact Us

To Learn More About Bringing a Summit to Your Area, Please Contact:

Michael Gurian (

Gail, Business Manager (

ph: 509-624-0623

Dakota Hoyt, Executive Director (

ph: 719-671-3720