Future of New Orleans youth to be discussed at Tulane summit

May 19, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Scholars from across the country will gather at Tulane University May 21–22 for a summit on promoting positive youth development in New Orleans.

“Positive Development of NOLA Youth: A Call to Action” is being organized by Tulane researchers to address issues facing local children and teens, particularly those from disadvantaged urban neighborhoods.

The summit’s first day will take place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lavin Bernick Center on Tulane’s uptown campus. It is free and open to the public.

The second day is closed to the public but open to media. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, Room 343.

Among the speakers are Frank Fustenberg, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, whose research focuses on at-risk families and urban education, and Tom Tyler, a professor at Yale University who studies the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with communities and societies.

Panelists also include Connie Flanagan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Human Ecology, Gary Melton of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Tulane psychology professor Oscar Barbarin, head of the Boys of Color Research Collaborative, a national network of scholars devoted to promoting positive development of youth by linking research to action. Tulane psychology professor Michael Cunningham and social work professor Charles Figley are also involved in the summit.

“The goal of the summit is to challenge conceptions of youth as failing to achieve and as purveyors of violence to reimagine them as assets to their families and community and as future leaders,” Barbarin said.

Panelists will discuss the current status of youth in New Orleans and the challenges they face, summarize current programs and efforts to address those challenges and share programs that have shown promise in other parts of the country.

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