The York College Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center will host its Third Annual Men’s Conference Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the college’s Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY. Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Roger Scotland will be the evening’s host.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Recapturing the Male Image.” Speakers include Antoine Craigwell, 2008 New York Association of Black Journalists award winner; Alex Ellis, author of “Restoring the Male Image: A Look from the Inside Out;” and keynote speaker Minister Abdul Hafeez Muhammad (formerly known as Kevin Muhammad), leader of Mosque No. 7. President and CEO Rahim Watson, of the National Black Youth Leadership Council will make a presentation.
The purpose of the York College Male Initiative Program and Men’s Center is to provide a system of support, through various resources, that contribute to the improvement of enrollment and graduation rates of male students. A coordinated effort to recruit males from various areas in the community is one of the center’s main goals. The other main goal is to provide various systems of support that lead to degree completion. The cornerstone of the program is the Mentoring Program, in which male students have the opportunity to interact with other male role models such as faculty, staff and community leaders.