WAKEFIELD — Executive Director Margie Daniels is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will be hosting a week-long series of conferences next month featuring nationally acclaimed motivational speaker Dr. Adolph Brown.
Two of the conferences are being held for area high school students. Titled “Connecting with Young People by Saying What Needs to be Heard,” Dr. Brown will speak to students about the challenges and crises they face, such as how the everyday pressures of academics, athletics and to “fit in” on social media contribute to stress, anxiety and depression, as well as the harsh realities of school violence, cyber-attacks and political turmoil.
Through Dr. Brown’s address, students will learn about resources and methods to combat various stresses and challenges they face.
When and where:
Monday, March 2: Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School, New Bedford, 9-10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3: Memorial Hall, Melrose, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The conferences are open to high school students in grades 9-12 from area schools.
In addition to Dr. Brown, other speakers at the March 3 event will include Kathy Lopes, an expert in educational issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion, and the Honorable Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham.
Professional Development Conferences
The last three days of conferences will feature professional development opportunities for educators.
Titled “Lessons in Uncommon Sense,” Dr. Brown will speak to educators, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, school resource officers, and administrators about equity, diversity and inclusion and how they can make a difference in the lives of students.
When and where:
Wednesday, March 4: Old Colony Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Rochester, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5: Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, Whitman, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 6: Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough, 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
In addition to Dr. Brown, the March 4-6 conferences will feature Lopes, and Dr. Raul Fernandez, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University’s Wheelock College.
The March 6 conference at Assabet Valley will also feature a special presentation. Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will be presenting Senator James B. Eldridge with the MPY Champion of Children Award, which recognizes an elected official who demonstrates a specific commitment to the health and safety of youth.
The award will be presented at 9 a.m., prior to Dr. Brown’s presentation.
To register for the professional development conferences, click here.
About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501.c(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.
The nonprofit is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission.
To learn more, visit www.mpyinc.org.