Save the Date for the 2017 Making Connections Conference:

Monday, October 9, 2017

Uplifting Men & Boys and Women & Girls of Color in California

Conference Goals/Objectives

  1. Convene a diverse set stakeholders whose work is focused on MBK-related goals and/or impacts MBOC/WGOC;
  2. Discuss barriers and challenges to uplifting MBOC/WGOC;
  3. Describe opportunities to advance MBK-related goals and and lessons learned along the way; and,
  4. Elevate promising practices for uplifting MBOC/WGOC and acomplishing MBK-related objectives.

Highlighted Speakers and Presenters

Mrs. Manal Aboelata-Henry, MPH, Managing Director, Prevention Institute – confirmed
Ms. Whitney Aguilar, Director of Curriculum Development, Centinela Youth Services – confirmed
Dr. Stacey (Bell) Ault, Director of Youth Development Support Services, Sacramento City Unified School District – confirmed
Mr. Keith Baker, Director, Trauma Prevention Initiative,  Los Angeles County Department,  Injury and Violence Prevention Program – invited
Ms. JaMaiia Bond, Senior Director, Office of Educational Services Pre-K-12, Division of Child Welfare and Attendance, Compton Unified School District – invited
Mr. Isaac Bryan, Boehner Fellow, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Reentry – confirmed
Ms. Michelle Chambers, Senior Field Deputy, District 64, Assembly Member Mike Gipson – invited
Ms. Willie Duncan,  Senior Manager, Black Women for Wellness – Invited
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health – confirmed
Dr. Randal Henry, Founder/CEO, Community Intelligence – confirmed
Dr. Brenda Ingram, EdD, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Peace Over Violence – confirmed
Honorable Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Chair of the California Select Committee on Men and Boys of Color, Assemblymember 59th District – invited
Tracy Larry, M.S.Ed, MST, LCSW/MSW, – Echo Parenting and Education – Confirmed
Ms. Kandee Lewis, Executive Director, Positive Results Corporation – confirmed
Mr. Brian Malte, Project Director – Hope and Heal Fund – Media Analysis of Gun Violence in California- confirmed
Mr. Khallid Muttaqi, Director, Gang Prevention & Intervention Taskforce, City of Sacramento – confirmed
Ms. Veronica N’jodinizeh, MHA, FUSE Fellow, MBK Project Director, City of Long Beach – invited
Mr. Marc Philpart, Senior Director, Policy Link, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color – confirmed
Honorable Vice-Mayor Rex Richardson, City of Long Beach – invited
Honorable Meghan Sahli-Wells, City Council Member, Culver City – confirmed
Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Senior Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church – invited
Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, Founder/CEO, Social Justice Learning Institute – confirmed
Dr. Beatriz Solis, Director, Southern Division of Building Healthy Communities Initiative, The California Endowment – confirmed
Mr. Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director, Violence Policy Center – Black and Hispanic Homicide Victimization – confirmed
Mr. Blain Watson, PhD(c), Principal, Dominguez High School, Compton Unified School District- confirmed

Event Planning Committee/Organizational Partners

Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles
Brotherhood Crusade
California Legislature, District 59 and District 64
Centinela Youth Services
City of Sacramento, Gang Prevention & Intervention Taskforce
Compton Unified School District, Dominguez High School
Community Intelligence
Echo Parenting & Education
Holman United Methodist Church
Hope and Heal Fund
Long Beach Health Department
Los Angeles County Department of Health
Los Angeles County Department of Health,  Injury and Violence Prevention Program
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Reentry
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of GRYD
Movember Foundation
Peace Over Violence
Positive Results Corporation
Prevention Institute
RISE Design Lab
Rhythm Arts Alliance
Sacramento City Unified School District, Youth Development Support Services
Social Justice Learning Institute
Southern California Public Health Association
Violence Policy Center
Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles

Event Location

The California Endowment Los Angeles Conference Center
1000 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date & Time

Monday, October 9, 2017 from 7:30am-5:30pm PDT

Please note: 10/9/2017 is Indigenous People’s Day/Columbus Day in Los Angeles

Who Should Attend

People and organizations (everyone) who support and/or are working to uplift Men and Boys & Women and Girls of Color in California are welcome to attend the 2017 Uplifting Men/Boys & Women/Girls of Color in California Conference.  Students and youth of color are strongly encouraged to attend, welcome to participate in discussions and partake in all conference events.  Also, adults who work with, or whose work impacts/is intended to impact, MBOC/WGOC are also strongly encouraged to attend including:  Advocates, Coalition members, Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence, Educators, Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force participants, Mental Health professionals, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) projects, Public Health professionals, Researchers, School District personnel, Students, Teachers, Trauma Prevention, Violence Prevention experts, Youth Development,


Continental breakfast, vegetarian/vegan lunch, snacks, tea and coffee will be available to registered attendees.

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Previous Conferences

2017 Violence Prevention Conference: May 8 & 9, 2017

CLEARING PATHWAYS TO HEALING AND WELLNESS: Fostering Healthy Communities by Addressing Family and Community Trauma

“In effect, we human beings act together because the meaning of our lives springs from our relationship with others.”  (Febres, 2011)

Our 2017 Annual Violence Prevention Conference:  “Clearing Pathways to Healing and Wellness: Fostering Healthy Communities by Addressing Family and Community Trauma” explored the effects of trauma and violence and innovative ways of engaging communities about the reality of people’s experiences with violence.  Trauma is experienced both on an individual level, like an injury or bruise, and on a collective level, where trauma affects a system of people and is socially produced and maintained.  Addressing trauma requires acknowledging societal factors that allow trauma to persist and treating its root causes. We focused on identifying and bringing forth solutions that improve the quality of care for individuals and their families.  We highlighted promising practices that help service providers build their capacity to serve families represented in social systems through education, expanding networks, engaged listening, facilitating dialogue, and encouraging solution-oriented conversation.

View 2017 VPC Conference Website