Registration ends March 31
Boys & Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators, and Game Changers is #COSEBOC11's theme, and our 2017 hosts, the Austin Independent School District, the City of Austin, and University of Texas at Austin, plan to roll out the red carpet for our attendees.
Stellar plenary speakers and workshop presenters are a hallmark of the Gathering of Leaders, and our 11th annual meet-up will be no different. Attendees can choose from an array of innovative and culturally relevant topics for 2017, as well as be inspired by our noted guest speakers and lecturers.
Past attendees can attest to the pride in the room as our boys and young men of color procession on the Gathering's Opening Day each year. The 2017 Walk of Integrity promises to capture the Gathering theme, along with a taste of hometown pageantry from our Austin hosts.
COSEBOC is a national leader in convening boys and young men of color for enriching exposure opportunities, particularly during the Annual Gathering. During #COSEBOC11, youth attendees will receive a cultural tour of Austin and be hosted by Huston Tillotson University for manhood, literacy & criminal justice workshops, and exposure to Rites of Passages principles in action.
From Philly Poetry Movement to the Kingmakers of Oakland, the boys and young men who perform spoken word, dance, and music at each annual Gathering represent the greatness within their distinct cultures and locales. Stay tuned for more details on confirmed youth performers in an upcoming e-blast focused specifically on the Youth Gathering.
Announced as a pilot for 2017, the COSEBOC Student Innovator Awards will be given to high school youth from Texas that embody our 2017 theme, whose contributions have been both visible and impactful, and whose acts and deeds of service have sought to make their world a better place. Awardees will be recognized at the Gathering Awards Luncheon
School administrators shoulder a critical responsibility to ingratiate their schools with a culture of celebration for boys and young men of color. COSEBOC has a unique experience in store for this year's meeting, designed just for principals and heads of school. Details will be announced in a future e-blast.
Some may wonder why Austin was selected as the host city for 2017. Beyond its reputation as a hub for arts and technology, the Austin Independent School District's (AISD) graduation rate is at an all-time high of 89.7%. Gathering attendees will have the chance to visit high-performing schools to learn why they stand out as places where boys of color are excelling academically.
Workshops for the 2017 Gathering are posted. Seats are first come-first serve, and they'll fill up quickly. Register now to reserve your space.