NNPS hosting Male Empowerment Conference

Posted: January 30, 2019

Newport News Public Schools is hosting RISE!, the Power of HIStory, a Male Empowerment Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Heritage High School, 5800 Marshall Avenue in Newport News. The conference is free and open to all NNPS male students in grades 8 to 11. Students may pre-register at their school.

The goal of the conference is to equip male students for emotional, social, academic and future success. Designed specifically for young men by men (graduating seniors and community leaders), the high energy conference will feature dynamic presentations, a panel discussion, interactive breakout sessions and workshops for parents and caregivers. The opening session will feature spoken word by Troubled Mal. Following the breakout sessions and lunch, the closing session will feature performances and a RISE! Cypher.

Student participants may attend a variety of breakout sessions including Becoming a Man, Open Your Success: Responsible Decision Making, Mind Over Matter, Managing the Complexity of Relationships and Emerging Leaders.

Breakout sessions for parents and caregivers include Pathway to College, good mental health and the neurodevelopment of children.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Conference Schedule

  • 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., Opening Session
  • 9:20 a.m. to 10:05 a.m., Panel Discussion
  • 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., First Workshop Session
  • 11:05 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Second Workshop Session
  • 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m., Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Third Workshop Session
  • 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., "My Story" Closing Session

RISE! is a Newport News Public Schools Youth Development Initiative.

Note: Participants and leaders will be available for media interviews.