Free March 27 program offers help for boys


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A free March 27 conference for young men, their parents and people who work with them is intended to help them with issues they confront.

    The Saturday morning event – “Preparing Young Men in 2010 To Be Successful in Life” – is free and open to the public. The sessions are geared to boys 9–18 and adults such as educators, counselors and parents interested in their healthy development.

    The conference will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Myers Middle School, 3741 Pulliam Drive off Klondike Lane. There is no registration.

    The University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work is sponsoring the event with Canaan Community Development Corp., which runs an after-school program for young males.

    Social work students organized the conference, which features local African American men as speakers and role models.

    For example, former UofL basketball player Derwin Webb, now a Louisville attorney, will present “What Are Sports Doing For You?” Our Lady of Peace chemical dependency counselor Henry Fuqua will discuss “Setting Future Goals.” Another speaker will be Shawn Gardner, who heads the 2NOT1 nonprofit organization that encourages absent fathers to connect with their children.

    Other topics include “Dating and Treating Women with Respect” and “Why School is Important.”

    For more information, contact Sharon Moore, 502-852-0751 or, or Robert Holmes III, 502-776-6369.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.