Helping Boys THRIVE Summit™

Friday, October 25, 2019, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Phoenix Christian Preparatory School
1751 W. Indian School Road

Thank you all for such a successful Helping Boys Thrive Summit!

Hundreds of people came to share, learn, and inspire one another to make systemic change in our communities on behalf of boys.  Everyone agreed that what we do for under-performing and under-resourced boys will also help girls and adults.  We are all in this together!

Here are some comments from participants.  Please support next year’s summit!


So valuable, keynotes and breakouts were easy to understand, they gave information that can be easily applied to work in any field.

Great speaker, excellent videos and stories and crowd interaction.

So interesting and important, it resonated with me as a mom of a son, a teacher, a counselor, and mental health consultant.

I found myself thinking of so many boys at my school and what we can do to better serve them. Loved the brain scans.

Great presentation and engaging speaker, wonderful insight, extremely informative.

What a message!  Delivered with charisma, poise and passion. Excellent takeaways for me to use as a consultant with teachers.

Very uplifting.   Eye opening statistics about boys, very helpful.  Great activities.

Loved it! I am seeing boys in a whole different light.  Great information and statistics.

Loved the movement and ideas, enjoyed the strategies, practical takeaways, clear concepts to take back to our classrooms tomorrow!

Presenters are so knowledgeable, helpful and thoughtful. Great program, great strategies to make education better for boys.

So important and helpful!  Very informative!

In most of the world, girls and women are doing better than boys and men in both physical and mental health indicators…In most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women. Yet this gender-based disparity in health has received little national, regional, or global acknowledgement or attention from health policy-makers or healthcare providers.

– 2015 World Health Organization

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The Helping Boys Thrive Summit™ is committed to working with parents, educators, church leaders, community leaders, and all called to the noble task of raising boys. Using brain-science research and best practices, the Summit offers practical insights and applications for helping boys thrive in the 21st century.


To read an article about the Summit, click here:

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.
Dr. Michael Gurian

Did you know...

  • 70% of all D’s and F’s go to boys, but only 40 % of the A’s.
  • Boys have fallen behind girls from preschool through graduate school.
  • Boys are four times as likely to be suspended or expelled from early childhood and K-12 environments than girls.
  • 85% of stimulant-addressing medications (like Ritalin) prescribed to U.S. boys.
  • Over the last 20+ years, the reading skills of the average 17-year-old boy have declined.
  • Boys are farther behind girls in reading than girls are behind boys in science and math.
  • Boys are twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with a behavioral or learning disorder.

General Session Topics Include:

What Are Boys Thinking? (Inside the Mind of Boys)

A brain-science deep dive into how boys think, react, and view life, with practical insights for use in the classroom and at home.

Shaping the Spirit of Boys

A look at the many challenges boys face in the 21st Century and how we can raise them to be honorable, purpose-filled men.

Workshops Include:

Educating Boys to Thrive

Implement-now, brain-based, research-backed strategies for helping boys thrive and succeed in the classroom.

Protecting Our Boys from Sexual Vulnerabilities

One of the under-discussed challenges boys face centers around sexual vulnerability. Porn, sexting, online grooming and sexually aggressive peers can lead our boys into serious problems. This session will identify the various ways in which male vulnerabilities get exploited and provide practical strategies and important resources for protecting our boys.

Early Learning Environments

Exploration of the social-emotional development of young boys and their vulnerability to Preschool expulsion.

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Questions The Summit Can Answer

  • How can we set up the 0-5 year old boy’s brain to thrive?
  • What do boys need and how are boys needed in the world?
  • Why are boys falling so far behind in education and life?
  • What do boys need from mom, dad, and grandparents as they grow?
  • How do we create a compelling vision for boys?
  • How does the design of a boy’s brain impact the way we raise boys?
  • How can we create a boy-savvy environment in our schools and faith communities?
  • How can we best protect the emotional lives of our boys and young men?
Our boys face unprecedented challenges in the 21st century. Now's the time to roll up our sleeves and change the storyline of their lives, calling them into good, noble manhood.
Pastor Tim Wright
About the



Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor and the New York Times bestselling author of 32 books including: Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys; The Wonder of Boys; The Minds of Boys; and Boys and Girls Learn Differently. He is co-founder of The Gurian Institute and a pioneer in the fields of family development and education. His work brings brain-science into homes, schools, churches, corporations, and public policy. Appearing on Today, Good Morning America, Fox News, NPR, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family, and in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, and Newsweek, Michael is credited with sparking the modern boys movement. Michael does a weekly podcast with Tim Wright: “The Wonder of Parenting: A Brain Science Approach to Parenting”.


Tim Wright is the co-host, along with Michael Gurian, of the weekly international podcast The Wonder of Parenting: A Brain Science Approach to Parenting. He has written several books including his two newest ebooks: Raising Sons in a #MeToo World and Raising Daughters in a #MeToo World. He has co-created with Michael several rites of passage programs for secular and faith-based families. Tim has been a Lutheran Pastor since 1984, currently serving as the pastor of Community of Grace in Peoria (Phoenix) AZ, which he founded in 2005.


Eva Dwight, BA, MEd, ACC, CPDT worked for 12 years as a teacher and 20 years as a junior high counselor in Mesa, AZ. In addition to her work in the schools, Eva is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and an Associate Certified Coach. She has facilitated workshops for hundreds of parents over the last decade, teaching strategies for growing connection with their children and helping them experience a more joyful family life. In her private practice, she offers parent coaching and personal coaching for adults and teens. Her parenting articles can be found on her blogAs a trainer for The Gurian Institute, Eva draws on her experience and passion to inspire her audience as she has been inspired, motivating parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to be catalysts for change, so that children who think that they can’t…learn that they can!


Alycia earned her Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Legal Studies from the University of London. She completed her Juris Doctor at University of Minnesota Law School with a focus in International Human Rights Law. She has been working with at-risk-youth for the past 8 years.


Gilbert Romero-Mewharter is a supervisor of early childhood mental health consultants in AZ. He has a masters in counseling degree and is a licensed associate counselor in the state of AZ. Gil also has a masters of education in special education with a specialization in early childhood. Gil has a special interest in understanding, and teaching others about, the unique challenges of fatherhood and the social-emotional development of boys.


Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is a nationally recognized researcher on issues related to culture, community, and family and child development. Prior to relocating to Arizona and founding the Indigo Cultural Center, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.


Parents, Grandparents, Educators, Foster Care Givers, Pastors, Youth Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Therapists, Non-Profit Organizations, and anyone who works with or who is engaged in raising boys

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Early Bird Price: $40 per person through Oct. 16
After October 16: $50 per person


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