5th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth
Building a Just Society - Transforming Lives and Creating Equity for Boys and Men of Color

Presented by

2014 Summit Planning Committee

Diane Aranda - The California Endowment//James Becker - Richmond Community Foundation//DeVone Boggan - Office of Neighborhood Safety//Erica Browne - Kaiser Permanente//Robert Bunce - West Contra Costa Public Education Foundation//Shasa Curl - City of Richmond//Rick Fortenberry - Men and Women of Purpose//Dr. Terry Jones - California State University - East Bay//Robert Joseph - S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation//Gregory Medley - Bethel Temple Church//Tashaka Merriweather - West Contra Costa Unified School District//Michelle Milam - Richmond Police Department//April Suwalsky - S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation//Shahad Wright - YMCA of the East Bay//William Zeier - Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante

Register Now!Early bird registration is now open until April 11, 2014 

Registration Fee:  $70 (early bird)                                                                         $80 (after April 11, 2014)                                      No refund or credit for no shows.             Online Registration Closes 4/22/14 at 5:00 pm                                                                                             Scholarships are available - for more information, contact the Richmond Community Foundation at (510) 234-1200.  Reach out to a young man in your life and encourage him to attend this important summit.


Wed., April 30, 2014: Registration 3:00 PM; Conference 4:00 - 6:00 PM; Reception and Resource Fair 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Thurs., May 1, 2014:
Registration and continental 8:00 AM; Conference 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Lunch provided

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Richmond Auditorium 
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
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Booths Available: We invite you to participate in our upcoming summit by hosting a booth to highlight the work of your organization. Booth set up begins at 3:00pm on April 30th; booth tear down is on May 1st starting at 2:00 pm. We provide one 6ft table, table cloth. and two chairs.

 Booth Fee - SOLD OUT                                 

 Benefits: Resource table for both days and           complimentary Summit Registrations.      Registration Deadline:  SOLD OUT         

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Sponsorships: We are pleased to offer sponsorship opportunities for the Summit! Sponsorships not only underwrite critical costs of the summit but come with special recognition opportunities including program advertising, logo or listing on the website and marketing materials, and complimentary registrations. Sponsorships range from $100 to $10,000; click HERE for more information.                                                                          Registration Deadline: 4/22/14 Extended                                 Register Now!


April 30, 2014 - Opening Session - 4:00pm

 An Open Discussion On Issues Facing Young Men of Color in the Bay Area

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education and at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Insitute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design, will engage in a very  real conversation with young men of color from the Bay Area about the issues they face in our communities and what we need to do about it.

What Does President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative Mean for Local Communities?

Chet Hewitt, President and CEO of the Sierra Health Foundation, a national leader in child welfare and philanthropy, will dicuss the impact of President Obama's new initiative, My Brother's Keeper, on local commmunities in California.


May 1, 2014 – Opening Plenary

Dr. Shawn Ginwright

Dr. Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development.  He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University.  He is the author of "Black in School - Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture" and co-editor of "Beyond Resistance! Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth", and "Black Youth Rising, Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America".  He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development.

May 1, 2014 – Keynote Speaker

Bryan Brown

Bryan A. Brown is an Associate Professor of  Science Education at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 2004 after a post-doctoral fellowship at Michigan State University. In 2011, Dr. Brown received a tenure at Stanford University in recognition of his research work. His research examines how urban science education has underserved minority students by its failure to adequately design instruction that is sensitive to the language and cultural needs of urban populations.  His early research led to the development of an instructional approach, knows as Disaggregate Teaching, designed to improve learning for underserved populations.  Dr. Brown is the founder and executive director of Etu Schule, a non-profit organization that supports the educational development of minorities throughout California. 

To find out more on Professor Bryan Brown please click here

May 1, 2014 – Closing Remarks

State Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Assemblymember Bonta is also the first Filipino-American to be elected to the California State Legislature. 

Assemblymember Rob Bonta serves on the Select Committee on Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, previously serving as Committee Chair in 2013. He serves as Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security committee. He also serves as a member of the Health, Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Elections and Redistricting committees. In February 2013, Bonta was appointed by Speaker John A. Perez as a chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay. The Select Committee is currently conducting hearings and meeting with stakeholders from across California to help identify some of the root causes of gun violence and more deeply examine the more successful commuity efforts at reducing gun violence. 

To find out more on Assemblymember Rob Bonta please click here.


May 1, 2014 - Concurrent Presentations

Creating Frameworks for Action 

 The College Bound Brotherhood - Presented by Dr. Will Walker, Associate Director of the Marcus Foster Education Fund 

Action through Public Policy - Presented by David Muhammad, Chief Executive Officer of Solutions, Inc. 

Creating Economic Security - Presented by Michele Clark, Executive Director of the Youth Employment Partnership. 

A Focus on Education - Presented by Cedric Brown, Managing Partner at the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Creating New Financing Options - Presented by Margaret Brodkin, Principal at MB&A, and "Mother" of the San Francisco Children's Fund.

Mobilizing Communities of Faith - Presented by Pastor Michael McBride, The Way Christian Center

What's Working - Jane Fischberg, Executive Director, Rubicon Programs, Inc.

The Impact of Mentoring - Christopher Chatmon, Executive Director, African American Male Achievement Department for the Oakland Unfiied School District.

The Importance of Arts and Culture to Give Voice to Boys and Men of Color - Paul S. Flores, Program Manager, Latino Men and Boys, The Unity Council. 

Early Childhood and Parenthood, Jon Gilgoff, L.C.S.W., Executive Director, Brothers on The Rise and Zaretta Hammond, Owner and Chief Instructional Strategist, Transformative Learning Solutions.  

2014 Summit Sponsors:
Cal Endowment

MarriottChevron logo   City of RichmondTravis Credit Union * Glen Price Group * Fullerton Family Foundation * POGO Park * Nerd Crossing * Plant Reclamation * RYSE Center * Jack Schreder & Associates * Lincoln Child Center * Joan Davis *  La Cheim Behavioral Health Services * Vista Christian School