Strength, Character,

& Heart

Our Voices on the Journey to Manhood


Worcester State University

486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602


Friday March 8th 5:00-7:30pm

Saturday March 9th 9:00am-4:00 pm

About the Conference:

This conference is designed for young men, educators and youth workers, and juvenile justice professionals.

The goal for this event is to twofold: to explore the issues affecting young men and their education in school beyond and to create a call for action among leaders for city-wide initiatives to support and develop our youth.

The Conference is the outgrowth of several years of work by a coalition of community partners in the School Climate Subcommittee under the umbrella of the Worcester Mayor and City Manager’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. By enhancing our community’s knowledge on how to effectively meet the distinct needs of boys we hope to inform practice and improve educational and life outcomes for our youth. Organizing partners include the Worcester Education Collaborative, the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, Worcester State University, St. John’s High School, among others.

12 PDPs through Worcester State University available to educators attending the conference.


  • Registration for youth is Free
  • Adult Registration cost $35 for Friday or Saturday and $40 for both day.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Worcester State University - May Street Building

5:00 PM - Registration

5:45 PM - Youth Performance

6:00 PM - Dinner

6:45 PM - Opening Address, Michael Thompson, author Raising Cain

7:30 PM - Adjourn

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Worcester State University - Sullivan Building

8:00 AM- Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM - Plenary Address, Richard Milner, Professor University of Pittsburgh

10:00 AM - Youth Panel Discussion

11:00 AM - Breakout Sessions I

12:00 PM - Lunch Student Speaker, Tavian Vassar (Worcester Posse Scholar, Bucknell University)

1:00 PM - Breakout Session II

2:00 PM - Breakout Session III

3:00 PM - Where Do We Go From Here: A Call to Action

4:00 PM - Adjourn

Our Presenting



Campus Map of Worcester State University

Friday activities are located in the May Street Building highlighted in yellow (building 22)

Saturday activities will begin in the Sullivan Building auditorium highlighted in blue (building 1) Please park in lots F or G


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