Cities & Kids: Enabling Optimal Development for Urban Youth
Thursday, March 23, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
1 Silber Way, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02215
Please Register Public officials and current BU faculty, staff, and students, can use the code CK17 for free registration.
More than 80% of American youth live in urban areas. And each day, children who live, play and go to school in cities are shaped by their built, natural and social environments. How do cities help some of their most vulnerable residents – children – achieve their full development potential? What social and structural supports are critical to achieving optimal development? What innovative interventions, beyond those offered in school settings, are being deployed today to close outcome gaps?
This one day conference, hosted by the Boston University Initiative on Cities and the Boston University School of Public Health, will bring together government officials, public health professionals, youth and family advocates, and youth. Together, they will explore the unique challenges posed by urban living, and the ways in which cities spur and enable the positive urban environments that children need to thrive.
Foundational Discussion: The State of Urban Youth in America
This keynote discussion will provide insight into the challenges confronting urban youth in the U.S. Who are they? What are the greatest health and developmental threats they face? What crises loom? Is there cause for optimism about their futures?
Patrick McCarthy – President and CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Panel 1: The Family Environment
This panel will explore the supports necessary to enable a healthy family environment, where constructive parenting and care, financial stability and nutritious food is the norm rather than the exception.
Megan Bair-Merritt – Associate Professor and pediatrician, Boston University
Michele Brooks – Former superintendent, Boston Public Schools and founder, Parent University, Boston Public Schools
Susan Clampet-Lundquist – Associate Professor of Sociology, Saint Joseph’s University
Cherie Craft – Founding Executive Director, Smart from the Start
Panel 2: The Built & Natural Environment
This panel will explore the ways in which the built environment of cities, from public parks to housing to transportation networks, can be designed to support a vibrant, active and safe childhood for urban youth.
Louise Chawla – Professor Emeritus of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder
Sandra Henriquez – Chief Operating Officer, Rebuilding Together
Jonathan Levy – Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University
Hannah Wright – Senior Planner, ARUP
Setting an Urban Youth Agenda
Mayor Michael Nutter – former Mayor of Philadelphia and David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia University
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Panel 3: The Community Environment
This panel will explore the community and social supports critical to nurturing and protecting healthy, resilient youth in America’s cities.
Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett – Associate Professor, pediatrician and social epidemiologist, Boston University
Commissioner William Evans – Police Commissioner, City of Boston
Conan Harris – Director of My Brother’s Keeper and Deputy Director of Public Safety Initiatives, City of Boston