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I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Engaging Boys and Young Men of Color
The path to adulthood can be especially difficult for boys and young men of color. They are more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods and go to under-resourced schools—all of which affect their lifelong health and well-being. What is at stake for America is the possibility of losing an entire generation of productive men who will fall short of their potential, live less healthy lives and fail to build and strengthen their communities. This session will give participants an overview of the risk factors that are currently the most pressing for boys and young men of color. We will also explore the implementation of research based strategies and tools in today’s classroom to increase the engagement and academic success of our boys and young men of color.
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2017 in Long Beach, CA
For more information:
jbenzon@jeffco.k12.co.us
Speakers
Jolee Mann

Jolee is an experienced educator in Jefferson County Public Schools. She currently serves as a Dropout Prevention and Recovery Specialist for the district supporting students who have or are in danger of dropping out of school. She is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity and access to be successful in an out of our schools.

Hilario Benzon

Hilario Benzon is an experienced educator for over 15 years with classroom and administrative experience. Hilaro is also on the National Education Association's Diversity, Social Justice and ELL cadre as a national trainer and faculty member. He has earned his Masters in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from University of Colorado at Denver. He is currently completing his PhD in Educational Leadership at University of Colorado at Denver.

Jason Firestone

Jason is an experienced educator in Jefferson County Public Schools. He has previously served as the district's Coordinator for Indian Education (Title VII). He is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity and access to be successful in an out of our schools.

David Kollar

David is an experienced educator in Jefferson County Public Schools. He has previously served as the Coordinator for Dropout Prevention and Recovery Services. He is currently the Director of the Student Engagement Office which oversees the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Indian Education, Foster Care Education Outcomes Initiative and Drug Intervention Services. He is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity and access to be successful in an out of our schools.