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RISE! Male Empowerment Conference

Information and resources that will equip male students for emotional, social, academic, and future success.

Newport News Public Schools presented the RISE! Male Empowerment Conference, "The Power of HIStory," on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., at Heritage High School. The conference will provide information and resources that will equip male students for emotional, social, academic, and future success.

NNPS students in grades 8 through 11 are eligible to participate in this experience. Graduating seniors will assist with planning, logistics, and facilitation of programming before and during the conference. The one-day conference will include dynamic presentations, a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and more for students, as well as informative workshops for parents. Download conference flyer for more information.

Questions? Contact Dr. Diron Ford, RISE Program Executive at (757) 886-7530 x.61521.

Students/Parents: Register for the RISE! Conference

Become a Sponsor

Your organization is invited to become an official conference sponsor which will provide a memorable experience for more than 400 young men which will include dynamic speakers, information, and resources to promote social, emotional, and academic success!

As an official RISE! conference sponsor, your financial support or non-monetary donation will help us to present a memorable experience for young men which will connect them with positive role models and equip them with the skills needed to achieve personal and academic success. Non-monetary sponsorships of books, pens, gift cards, bags, journals, and other giveaways are also welcome.

To support this extraordinary initiative, please complete a sponsorship form and e-mail it to Dr. Diron Ford at diron.ford@nn.k12.va.us by January 31, 2020. A NNPS representative will follow up with your organization via email with more information regarding financial sponsorship, logo submission and deadlines. You may also sign up by completing our online form.

Sponsor Form (pdf)  OR  Online Sponsor Form

For monetary donations, please make checks payable to Newport News Public Schools and mail them to Newport News Public Schools, Attention: Michael Nichols, 12465 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606. If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Diron Ford, RISE Program Executive at (757) 886-7530 x.61521.

RISE! Male Empowerment Network

The RISE! Male Empowerment Network was launched in the fall of 2019. The RISE Network was created to empower and support both existing male mentorship initiatives and future initiatives in Newport News. I firmly believe that by connecting existing mentorship programs to shared resources we will create more opportunities for our young men that align with the strategic goals of our school division.

The goal of the RISE! Male Empowerment Network is to increase the capacity of mentorship initiatives to improve student outcomes such as academic achievement, attendance, discipline, citizenship and college and career readiness.

Community Partners: Join the RISE Network