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Adult Workshops – 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Staying Power: Sustaining Successful Programs

Securing grants and building effective partnerships are tried-and-true ways to sustain successful programs. Both strategies require strong relationships and strong outcomes. These attributes are two key components of the local and national programs represented on this panel – one a USG AAMI Best Practices program – both of which are supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education.
Tina Gridiron Smith, Senior Program Officer, Lumina Foundation for Education
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, President and Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Dr. Dorothy Lord, President, Coastal Georgia Community College and Founder, Minority Outreach Program
Ms. Arlethia Perry-Johnson, Project Director, USG’s African-American Male Initiative
Room: 401

You Never Listen to Me: Inter-generational Communication

Communication gaps often are blamed for the “disconnect” between youths and adults. Young people think adults “don’t listen,” and the adults ask “what’s wrong with this generation?” A leading African-American psychologist facilitates a dialogue with two young men, to help us learn how to hear each other better.
Dr. Thomas Parham, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Counseling and Health Services, University of California-Irvine
Mr. Jarel Billups, Junior, Sprayberry High School, BUY Cobb, Inc.
Mr. Mark Pilgrim, Sophomore, Kennesaw State University and President, Distinguished Black Gentlemen
Dr. Earl Holliday. Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University
Room: 213/217

Student Workshops – 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

From Boy To Male To Man!

Maturing into a successful man in today's society oftentimes requires navigating some very rough waters. This accomplished and committed educator will share “inside tips” on how to achieve success, from bringing your "A" game (the right Attitude), to knowing how to "dress to impress,” to working effectively with those who can grant or deny you "major opportunities." Come learn what they don't tell you in school!
Dr. Lee Jones, Founder, Brothers of the Academy; President & Executive Editor, InSpire Magazine
Mr. Michael Lambert, Program Coordinator, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Room: 300

Why Do I Need To Know This?

What’s the connection between the academic decisions you make today and how these decisions relate to your future opportunities, such as college admission? Grades, courses and your academic track are very important. You don’t have to listen to the adults! Hear it from young men just like you who know the deal.
Mr. Armell Hopkins, Junior, Cedar Shoals High School, Gentlemen on the Move
Mr. Joey Laster, Senior, Sprayberry High School, BUY Cobb, Inc.
Mr. Jeffery Johnson, Senior, University of West Georgia
Mr. Johnathan Adkins, Freshman, University of West Georgia
Dr. Michael Ross, Associate Professor, Middle Grades Education, Kennesaw State University
Room: 242

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