This September, we’re excited to host the fall GEAR UP Alabama Future Proof Conference, once again featuring Let Us Make Man, here at UAB.

This fall’s Future Proof conference will be held on Saturday, September 29th in the Hill Student Center (Ballrooms A, B, C, and D) on UAB’s campus. The conference, which is free and open to anyone in the GUA community, will begin at 8 o’clock that morning and wrap up around 3 o’clock that afternoon, with breakfast and lunch included.

Throughout the day, we will hear from GUA representatives as well as members of the Atlanta based nonprofit Let Us Make Man. These gentlemen joined us at our Spring conference, and were a hit with everyone in attendance. During the conference, they’ll be leading two workshops; everyone in attendance will have the chance to attend both. The workshop topics are “Recognizing the Genius in Our Youth” and “The Modern Family, Restoration, and Parent Engagement”.

The workshop “Recognizing the Genius in Our Youth”, will be led by Mr. Keene M. Walker. It will provide a roadmap for recognizing the genius in youth; Specifically, identifying their strengths and talents and applying these skills to produce the greatest outcomes.  Additionally, techniques and strategies for motivating youth, raising the performance bar and exceeding expectations to maximize educational outcomes will be presented.

The other topic, “The Modern Family, Restoration, and Parent Engagement” is to be led by Dr. Gerry L. White and Dr. Christopher Bass. The purpose of this workshop is to examine aspects of relationship dynamics that tend to strengthen or strain the family. With a distinction being made between absent fathers and hidden fathers, this seminar will also discuss the critical necessity of building a strong mother to son and father to daughter relationship. This seminar will be provocative and informative while producing techniques for functioning as co-parents.

In addition to the speakers previously mentioned, we will be joined by Dr. Celeste White and Dr. Rosalind Bass.

We are confident that this event will be a great way for us to get excited for all that GUA will take on this year. Every part of this conference is designed to better equip us to work with our students, and we hope you’ll join us as we learn together on September 29th.

Click here to register for the conference.

Click here to volunteer to work the conference.

To learn more about Let Us Make Man and read bios on the speakers, click here.

To read about our spring Future Proof conference, click here.