2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders: Austin, TX

COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders

Boys and Young Men of Color:
Innovators, Creators and Game Changers
University of Texas | Austin, Texas  |  April 26-28, 2017

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Conference Highlights

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.

Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
405 E 23rd Street Austin, TX 78712

National and Local Speakers & Presenters

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. 

Walk of Integrity

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. 

Young Men's Passage

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.

Youth Performances

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. 

COSEBOC Student Innovator Awards

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  

"For Principals Only" Session

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.
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Tours of High Performing Schools

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.
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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.

2017 COSEBOC 11th Annual Gathering of Leaders

Host Partners: 2017 Annual Gathering of Leaders

AISDThe University of Texas at AustinHuston-Tillotson UniversityCity of Austin Executives Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color

Sponsors: Thank you for generously supporting this Gathering

Campaign for Black Male AcheivementAmerican Reading CompanyA Glimmer of Home AustinForward PromiseVerizon Innovative LearningTNTP SRI