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.
If these kinds of questions are being asked in your community, this summit might be just the right vehicle for growth and social change:
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.
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.
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.”
please contact Dr. Michael Gurian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katey McPherson (email@example.com). 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.
Co-founder of Helping Boys Thrive Summit®
Dr. Michael 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, Dr. Gurian 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).
Dr. Gurian 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.
Dr. Gurian is a lead author of a meta-study you can access on the worldwide web (click www.whitehouseboysmen.org then “Proposal”). Dr. Gurian 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.