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Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men

To coincide with International Men’s Day on November 19th, the Men and Boys Coalition are hosting ‘Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men’ — a ground-breaking and solution-focused conference focusing on the critical issue of boys’ academic, emotional and relationship education.

Date and time: 09:00 to 17:30, Monday November 19th 2018

Location: Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton St, Westminster, London, SW1P 3RB

To see the schedule and line-up of presentations and speakers for the day, click here:

Creating Positive Futures for Boys and Young Men_schedule

To buy tickets, visit our Eventbrite page here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-positive-futures-for-boys-and-young-men-tickets-49734175257

Background

Boys’ academic achievement is an “orphan issue” — no organisation in the UK is raising this on a holistic basis, despite the fact that the education attainment gap between girls and boys has been growing for 30 years.

In 2017, 65,000 fewer men went to university than women — over the past ten years this figure is 520,000 — and every year this gap continues to expand.

But the scope of the conference will also reach beyond academic attainment, to encompass boys’ education in the broadest sense — from mentoring and fatherhood, to interpersonal relationships, mental health and narratives around masculinity.

We have a fantastic line-up of speakers confirmed for the day, many of whom we are proud to count as members of the Coalition and all of them are leading experts and campaigners in their fields.

These include:

  • Former head of UCAS and leading advocate for addressing boys’ educational underachievement, Mary Curnock Cook OBE
  • Writer, campaigner and former Government children’s mental health champion, Natasha Devon MBE
  • International expert on the global issues facing boys’ education, Prof Gijsbert Stoet
  • Colour Blind Awareness, the country’s leading charity advocating for the 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women who experience this little-recognised special educational need
  • Award-winning boys’ and young men’s mentoring charity, Lads Need Dads
  • National male sexual abuse survivor support charity, Survivors Manchester
  • LGBT youth sexual and mental health charity, Metro
  • The Ulster University Taking Boys Seriously long-term education research project

To a large extent, the life outcomes of people of any age are directly affected by the quality of education, both academic and personal, that they received as children — education has a direct impact on numerous other disadvantages facing men and boys, such as homelessness, imprisonment and unemployment.

Whether your interest is specifically in improving boys’ educational outcomes, or on the wider issues that disproportionately affect men and boys, the day will offer fascinating insights and discussions that we hope will be a springboard for concrete action.

We would love for you to be a part of this vital conversation. Looking forward to seeing you there.