Greetings COSEBOC friends,
I hope that my letter to you finds you well and energized. As is our tradition, I annually write a letter to all who are connected to the mission and movement to affirmatively develop boys and young men of color. This year is no different. Today, I am pleased to announce the convening of the 11th COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders. For those who faithfully follow COSEBOC, you know that the Gathering has become our iconic signature professional development convening.
At the Gathering, participants are exposed to high quality professional development, powerful plenary presentations and the authentic voices of young men. COSEBOC is very excited about the upcoming Gathering and the outstanding welcome and support provided by our hosts, the Austin Independent School District and the University of Texas. The dates for the Gathering in Austin, Texas are April 26-28, 2017.
I am anticipating that this event will afford tremendous opportunities for learning, sharing, and reflecting on actions to take as well as connecting and reconnecting with colleagues. In addition, the annual COSEBOC Young Men’s Gathering will take place on the same dates, April 26-28, 2017 on the nearby campus of the historic HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University. The young men in attendance will experience special guest presentations, college tours, learning sessions and a myriad of exciting and enriching experiences.
Finally, I am proud to announce that the theme for the 11th COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders is, "Boys and Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators and Game Changers." Who can deny this fact? This theme provides us with the important opportunity to shine a spotlight on the innate genius and talent that our boys and young men possess and display every day. Through this positive lens we anticipate that Gathering attendees will see, acknowledge and understand the role that they must play to protect, nurture and affirm our boys and young men of color so the intensity of that spotlight does not fade. COSEBOC is determined to continue to build the narrative that recognizes the gifts, talents, and genius of these students. We are resolute in our belief that boys and young men of color are capable of achieving great things that will benefit their community, society and the world. In fact they are already doing it! We believe that their ability to Innovate, Create and Change the Game in productive ways will be magnified with our support.
Join us this year in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas as we prepare to engage in the Conspiracy of Care to advance the affirmative development and education of boys and young men. Continue to check our website, www.coseboc.org, for further registration information for the 2017 Gathering.
See you in Austin,