The purpose of the Adelante Young Men (AYM) Conference is to provide young men with tools for personal and professional growth, challenge them to raise their expectations, promote leadership and encourage them to pursue a post-high school education, so that they may achieve their goals and have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others.
As a result of successful programs like Pasadena Youth Center’s (PYC) Adelante Mujer Latina, which provides girls with role models to inspire them to strive for college and careers, women have soared in college attendance and graduation, leaving men behind. This gap is expected to increase in the United States and has serious implications because a college degree is linked to higher earning, increased civic participation, marriage and family stability, rates of incarceration, and national economic competitiveness in a global environment.
Recent research and statistics are proving young men are underperforming in our society. Now, more than ever, they need older, positive, male role models in their lives to provide direction, support and encouragement. For that reason, on November 10, 2012 the 2nd annual Adelante Young Men (AYM) Conference will take place at Pasadena City College, sponsored by Pasadena Youth Center.
The AYM Conference will focus on middle and high school Latino boys and be presented in an informative and supportive manner, so that they will have the opportunity to take part in interactive, age-appropriate educational workshops related to issues that affect their lives now and in the future. Positive male leaders from various academic disciplines and levels, business leaders, sports representatives, law enforcement officials, government leaders and other male representatives will conduct workshops on a variety of timely and topical issues. By acting as real-life role models, presenters will impart first-hand examples and scenarios of positive decision-making via approximately 50 minute workshops. Attendees will have the option of choosing workshops of interest to them.
A keynote address will be presented during the morning program. Schools should send male students from a variety of backgrounds and interests.
This full day conference is being held to address the many concerns and challenges facing young men today. The conference’s focus on high school students is an effort to address the research which shows that this stage of developmental and academic transition is when male students are most vulnerable to making negative choices in their lives, while still open to accepting advice and support from other males.
Many young men lack models of productive masculinity and turn to peer groups and the media for models of manhood. Gender roles have become more complex and more families are led by single moms. As a result, many boys are confused about what it means to be a successful, good man.
Thirty years ago men represented 58% of the undergraduate national student body. Currently they represent a minority of 44%. If current trends continue, there will be 156 women per 100 men earning degrees by 2020. Programs that give boys attention from successful men are believed to be one answer.
Join us in being part of the solution.