The BMDS 2014 Planning Committee invites you to join us for our 8th Annual Symposium on Saturday, May 10, 2014 on the campus of Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We guarantee this day will be a life-changing experience for attendees as they strive to examine, explore, dissect, articulate and most importantly develop strategies that will eradicate the inter-generational challenges experienced by young and older Black males alike. The 2014 Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) will present workshops in distinct Pathways presented by individuals, programs, groups and organizations selected through a competitive national call for papers process.
The mission of BMDS is to provide a forum that will present practical strategies, techniques and solutions through the presentation of interactive workshops, presenters, best practices and resources that will assist attendees in developing realistic models and concrete recommendations they can put into practice in their respective communities. The Symposium serves as a place for finding models of solution and not just a forum for pontification or “drive-by-conversation.” The Symposium becomes a place for transformative action and communication where young men and their older counterparts along with women alike; can share intellectual, emotional, spiritual and cultural opportunities for growth and development that will improve the quality of life for African American males, their families and their communities.
A Middle School Institute (MSI) will be offered with workshops that are closely aligned with the needs of 6th through 8th grade students. These workshops are designed to offer programming and intervention strategies that are psychologically and cognitively appropriate for middle school students. Experienced facilitators will provide workshops that are informative and engaging for students, parents, teachers and practitioners. The 2014 Symposium will also offer a Parent Institute; “Parent Advocacy 101.” This institute is designed to provide parents and caregivers with resources/strategies to help engage their children in homework completion, staying safe on the internet, positive ways to improve behavior, preparing them for the next level of school and how they, as parents, can become their child’s major cheerleader and advocate. The 2014 Symposium will also feature a Literary Pavilion featuring some of today’s most promising authors, a Black Male Film Festival and our newest addition BarberShop Talk which features real talk and real conversation among Black males in the tradition of that sacred space of the Barber Shop.
This year’s conference theme, “ Black Men Turn Up: Moving Dreams to Plans, Visions to Reality and Communities to Action” will address how our community of black men, inter-generationally, can assist one another in thinking and re-evaluating where they are as men, co-workers, lovers, husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons in a healthy and developmental manner (Madhubuti, 2004).
Join us for the Black Male Development Symposium 2014; an experience you will not forget!
BMDS: More Than Just a Conference: But a Movement of Change, Commitment and Clarity!
Laura S. Reddick, M.A.
BMDS 2014 CONFERENCE CHAIR
Doreen E. Loury, Ph.D.
BMDS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/FOUNDER