5th Annual “Boyz to Gentlemen” Summit to be held this Saturday

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5th Annual “Boyz to Gentlemen” Summit to be held this Saturday PHOTOS PROVIDED

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Charleston County School District’s Parent University will host the 5th Annual “From Boyz To Gentlemen” Summit: Raising Successful Sons in the 21st Century taking place this Saturday, Jan. 25. This special district-wide event will feature speakers, panelists, and workshops for both parents and male students.

It starts at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at West Ashley High School, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414.

Among the highlights scheduled for the day:

•Mr. Byron V. Garrett, Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance, author of the critically acclaimed The ABCs of Life, and former CEO of the National PTA, will serve as keynote speaker. Mr. Garrett also serves as the Director of Innovative Schools for Microsoft and an Executive Consultant for Scholastic. He has been a guest on the Today Show, MSNBC, Fox, and the Dr. Phil Show.

•Interactive parent workshops will feature community leaders speaking specifically on issues of raising young men of color. Scheduled panelists include Dr. Virgil Alfaro, Assistant Chief of Police Reginald Burgess (City of North Charleston), Reverend Leonard Griffin, State Senator Marlon Kimpson, Lt. Col. Robert Pickering, Mr. Kevin Smith, and Mr. Paul Stoney.

•The Summit’s Resource Fair; Creating a College-Bound Culture for Young Men of Color will provide information and resources from regional colleges and universities to assist parents and young men with preparation for higher education.

A Boys Academy program for male students in grades K-12 will include speakers, panels, and workshops. In addition, a structured children’s program will be provided for children ages 4-12. The event is free and open to any CCSD parent.

Visit www.ccsdparentuniversity.com for more details.

For more information please contact: Michael Galvez, Parent University Program Expansion

Manager, Office of Community Outreach 843-937-6462 parentuniversity@charleston.k12.sc.us.


Charleston County School District (CCSD) is the second largest school system in South Carolina representing a unique blend of urban, suburban, and rural schools that span 1,000 square miles of coastal lands. CCSD serves more than 46,000 students in 84 schools and several specialized programs. CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options—including neighborhood, charter, and magnet schools—and is divided into elementary, secondary, and “Innovation Zone” Learning Communities, each led by an associate superintendent. With approximately 5,500 employees district-wide, CCSD is the fourth largest employer in the region.! !

For more information, visit www.ccsdschools.com.

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