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S T R A T E G I C P L A N Strategic Plan


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. -Nelson Mandela

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The National Center for the Development of Boys The National Center for the Development of Boys (the Center) is a non-profit organization that helps educators, parents, coaches, and others to positively change the lives of boys who struggle to survive and thrive. From helping people and agencies better understand what boys need, to facilitating programs to effect change in schools and communities, the Center conducts its own research and collaborates with other research and science-based organizations to help families and institutions meet the challenges our boys face today. The Center is affiliated with and housed on the campus of McCallie School, an all-boys school founded in 1905 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. From this location, the Center can draw from McCallie’s expertise and experience in educating boys by utilizing McCallie as a living laboratory of more than 900 boys in an educational environment.

Executive Director Troy Kemp Troy Kemp is a native of Riverhead, N.Y. He grew up as one of six children in a single-parent, migrant working household. Troy graduated from Riverhead Senior High School and went on to attend Colgate University where he majored in mathematics. While there, he played football and was introduced to the sport of lacrosse. Troy has spent 27 years as an educator in both co-ed and singlegender schools. Troy joined the faculty of Wilmington Friends School in Delaware after graduating from Colgate, and in 1992 joined the residential faculty of the McCallie School, and all-boys day and boarding school in Chattanooga, TN. At McCallie, Troy served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent and administrator. During his tenure at McCallie, Troy received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. As McCallie’s head lacrosse coach, he led eight state championship teams and was a three-time recipient of the lacrosse coach of the year award. Troy finished his career at McCallie in 2016 as the school’s associate headmaster and became the executive director of the Center. Troy has been married 25 years, and he is the proud father of three amazing kids - two girls and one boy.

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Table of Contents Executive Summary


The Boy Crisis


Call to Action


Mission and Vision


Overview of the Strategic Planning Process


Future Financial Sustainability and Affordability


Funding Areas and Investment Opportunities Operations and Institutional Sustainability Consulting Costs Resources and Research Hub Sponsor and Provide Conferences, Speaking Events, and Speakers Sponsor and Establish Pilot Programs in Schools and Communities, Especially those serving disadvantaged youth and boys of color Assistance to and Training for Mentors, including Violence Reduction Frameworks Partner with Athletic and Sports Organizations Consulting/Training for Boys’ Schools and other Single-Gender Organizations Appendix 1 - Detail for Phase 1 of Operation Appendix 1I - Citations for The Boy Crisis

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Executive Summary The Center was established in 2015 with initial funding and delivery of presentations around the country called “Understanding Boys” by its Board members. Soon thereafter, a search for an Executive Director began. Troy Kemp was installed as Executive Director in 2016 and has grown the Center’s operations, including early delivery of success measurements initially established by the Board in 2015 and development of this Strategic Plan under the direction of a new Board installed in February 2017.

DELIVERABLES As a resource hub, connector and catalyst for social change, the Center works on behalf of boys and the people and organizations that support them. There is a substantial boy crisis in the U.S. and the Center is proud to be engaged in national conversations regarding how to solve this crisis. Kemp and the Board believe the Center will soon become a national leader in this conversation - this position is the first major deliverable in the Center’s agenda. Other deliverables include: • Supporting programs that serve all boys and families in need, with special emphasis on helping boys, families, schools, and organizations in disadvantaged communities. • Delivery of approximately 20 presentations per year in educational conferences and at schools nationwide. • Delivery of approximately 10 school and community-wide trainings/events in boys’ learning styles and developmental needs in partnership with the Center’s training partner, the Gurian Institute ( • Development of four initial pilot programs in four communities in need that can, once measured for success, be scaled up nationwide. • Within two years, completion of one of the largest and most comprehensive digital research and resource libraries in the country, including a new meta-analysis of boys’ needs as well as video clips for immediate use in communities. • Annual and bi-annual sponsorship of visiting scholars, speakers, researchers, and other assets at McCallie School and throughout the region.

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The Center will deliver its programs and measure success outcomes on an ongoing basis and will be cognizant, always, of budget needs and constraints.

Several of the services offered will produce quantitative and qualitative data to support the following outcomes: • • • • • • •

increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness; closing achievement gaps by improving boys’ test scores and grades in pilot schools; promoting a safe school culture, including decreasing bullying and relational violence; lowering discipline referrals, including lowering suspension and expulsion rates in a school or district; lowering dropout rates and turning around low-performing schools; increasing student literacy and STEM achievement; and assisting boys of color to succeed in disadvantaged communities.




BOY CRISIS The Center proceeds from the foundational belief that: • there is a systemic crisis in our nation and throughout the industrialized world regarding the education, health, and nurture of boys; and • there are solutions available that can be organized, promulgated, and sponsored, community by community, to provide the best environment and education for our sons.

While some boys are doing very well today, millions of boys are underperforming, underachieving, disconnected, and deeply confused. Their physical and mental health is declining. They find school irrelevant and boring, and they are falling behind in school as well as acting out in society.

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THE BOY CRISIS When compared to girls, boys are: • • • • • • • •

lagging behind an average of 1.5 years in reading and literacy skills; more often diagnosed with learning disabilities and learning difficulties; significantly behind in grades and test scores throughout the U.S. and the industrial world; more frequently disciplined with little cause and more often housed in the criminal justice system; outpaced in college degrees, graduate matriculation, and employment in many sectors; increasingly mentally ill, with a rate of suicide four times higher than girls; disconnected from empathic and crucial leadership roles in family and community; and lost in unhealthy lifestyles, from substance abuse to electronics and pornography addictions.

The Center believes our culture has reached a critical mass of male distress that must be addressed now. The negative trajectories of too many boys create grave consequences not only to boys and men, but also to women and the children they will parent later. Citations may be found under Appendix II.

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In the context of the crisis, the Center is not only poised to lead a national conversation on the development of boys but also facilitate positive social change through specific programs and partnerships.

The Center believes boys are most likely to thrive when:

• parents, mentors, coaches, counselors, health professionals, and others understand and appreciate their developmental and learning needs; • schools and teachers inculcate proven methods for teaching and nurturing boys effectively; • adults are inspired and trained to be effective role models, coaches, and mentors to boys in communities; and • boys themselves understand how and where they can discover wise guidance and a sense of calling and purpose.




The Center improves the lives of boys by providing resources for parents, educators, mentors, and organizations committed to helping boys develop into good and successful men.


To lead a national conversation about boys, share the most extensive collection of resources related to boys’ education and development possible, and be change agents who facilitate boy-friendly programs in communities and schools nationwide.

WHOM DO WE SERVE? The Center exists for the benefit of all who desire to learn more about educating and raising boys. The National Center for the Development of Boys

WHAT WE DO The Center is a resource hub, a connector and networking organization, and a catalyst for significant social change. While providing resources and outreach, the Center equips others to sustain programs that work for boys. In this way our organization is dynamic and outcome-driven, gradually becoming a hub of activity regionally and expanding beyond that base to serve its public purpose nationwide.

Resource Hub The Center is a hub of activity and learning. In its role as a gathering place for researchers, practitioners, thought leaders and others who care deeply about the development of boys, it will gradually become a well-known clearinghouse of assets and provide these assets to increasing numbers of parents, educators, coaches, and community leaders working with boys.

Connector The Center connects programs with people at both the grassroots and legislative and governmental levels. To fulfill this goal even more in the future, the Center has partnered with the Gurian Institute, which is now actively helping The Center expand connections and outreach to communities via pilots, training, and consulting.

Catalyst The Center catalyzes communities and health professionals to improve our nation’s mental and physical health markers for boys and young men. Raising awareness of boys’ health and welfare needs is a first step, followed by helping communities to unite various stakeholders and agencies around proven best practices.

In providing this three-fold effort, the Center is committed to creating measurable results and impact in all its alliances and programs.



OVERVIEW Strategic Planning Process In 2015, the Board of Trustees of McCallie determined that the time was ripe for McCallie to undertake a new project to fulfill its mission as an organization with a public purpose. The Board realized that boys are under significant stress nationwide and many people and groups have too little information about the nature of boys and the best ways to nurture them. The Board further understood that McCallie possessed personnel and proven success strategies that could help others locally and nationally to better understand boys. A National Center at McCallie could, the Board of Trustees decided, positively affect the lives of others. In pursuit of this public purpose, the National Center for the Development of Boys was established with a Board of Trustees (“the Board”) that included Lee Burns, Headmaster of McCallie, Kenny Sholl, Assistant Headmaster, Thomas Hayes, McCallie’s General Counsel, and Troy Kemp, Associate Headmaster. A website was created,, to begin the process of making the Center a national clearinghouse for information and resources on how to understand and help boys. Three of the four Board members also presented keynotes around the country and locally on the topic of understanding boys. During this time, the Center began a comprehensive review and analysis of available resources to develop an expanded strategic agenda. Simultaneously, the Board wrote bylaws and a charter, and has applied for 501 c 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service. It also began a search for an Executive Director for the Center. After filtering through a number of applicants from a national pool of candidates, the Board decided that Troy Kemp (“Kemp”) would be the best qualified executive director, and hired him for the job. He has stepped down from the Board to fulfill this duty. Working with Kemp, the Board then hired the Gurian Institute, LLC (“GI”), as consultants. Dr. Michael Gurian (“Gurian”), president of the Gurian Institute and author of The Wonder of Boys and Saving Our Sons, is one of the nation’s most respected thought leaders and consultants in the area of boys’ development. Soon thereafter, the Board was expanded to include key stakeholders in the region. Under the direction of Kemp, the Board, and an Advisory Board of nationally recognized thought leaders was created to facilitate a process of mission and outreach for the Center nationwide. The adoption of the Strategic Plan in June 2017 culminates the initial planning and design phase of the Center’s three-part plan for operation and outreach.

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A Note about the Strategic Imperatives While the imperatives in this Strategic Plan provide general and specific direction for the Center for the upcoming years, the plan also allows for some flexibility in terms of how and when to implement the tactics. The Board of Directors recognizes that securing the necessary resources will also shape the implementation and timing of the plan. Finally, the Board recognizes that in a dynamic world, we must maintain a strategic posture with the ability to adapt.



OVERVIEW Strategic Planning Process THE 3 PHASES ARE: • Phase 1 (April 2015 - early 2017) - Initial planning and design, initial funding and outreach, development and acceptance of Strategic Plan. • Phase 2 (early to mid-2017) - Full expansion of Board of Directors and Advisory Board, continued expansion of business, outreach and fulfillment of mission, and fundraising opportunities. • Phase 3 (mid-2017 and beyond) - Completion of previous phase projects, expand infrastructure as needed, and continue to fund and implement ongoing and new projects. During Phase 1, the Center has continued to recognize the unique asset that McCallie can be in helping shape national recognition of the needs of boys and interventions that do and can fulfill these needs. Furthermore, the Center has recognized that there are already other organizations in the U.S. and worldwide that have worked successfully in the sphere of boys’ development for some time. Thus, the Center does not intend to reinvent what is already being done regionally and nationwide. Working with Gurian and other assets, Kemp and the Center are rather carefully engaging in blending existing organizational success with new innovation. This Strategic Plan was first submitted by Kemp to the Board on February 28, 2017. After key individuals participated directly in the planning process, the plan was enthusiastically and unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees in June, 2017. In following a three-phase plan approach, the Center is already equipping stakeholders, parents, educators, and policy makers with information about boys’ development and access to services and programs that will help boys thrive in a dynamic and changing world. For more specific detail of steps taken and accomplished during the first phase of operation, please see Appendix 1.

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DETAIL Phases of Strategic Implementation Phase 2 (Early to mid-2017) Full expansion of Board of Directors and Advisory Board, continued expansion of outreach and fulfillment of mission, and fundraising opportunities. The following actions of Phase 2 can be sustained with present funds: • Simultaneous to adoption of a Strategic Plan, Kemp and the Center team, with the assistance of its consultants, will fully expand the already existing Board of Directors and, as needed, add to the already existing Advisory Board. New Board members will begin their terms during and after the first and second quarter of 2017. • Individuals and organizations are being contacted for partnership with the Center. These include assets in the McCallie family nationwide, as well as the United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Clubs, Coalition of Schools Engaging Boys of Color (COSEBOC), My Brother’s Keeper, the Gurian Institute, Bridge Scholars, and many others. • The Center has produced a White Paper for official publication; a library of diverse resources; and constantly expanding to fulfill the Center’s mission as a national clearinghouse and resource hub. • Kemp and the Center team continue to give speeches and media interviews as well as provide social media promotion of the Center. Kemp and the Center are also poised to provide analysis for “news hooks” in the media that involve news and stories related to boys’ development. • Funds are being raised in 2017 to ensure the Center’s organizational activity well into the future and to specifically fund efforts and actions that can change the landscape for boys and young men in American communities. In annotations for Phase 3, as well as the final portion of the Strategic Plan below, there are notations for programs and services that will require specific funds to be raised in the short and long term. • As conversations and meetings take place between Kemp and local, regional, and national stakeholders, including meetings with Advisory Board members and the Board of Directors, the Center will continue to expand its list of appropriate events, partnerships, programs, and outreach for Phase 3.



DETAIL Phases of Strategic Implementation Phase 3 (mid-2017 and beyond): Complete previous phase projects, expand infrastructure as needed, and continue to fund and implement ongoing and new projects. The Center team expects to enter Phase 3 in 2017. As it does so, the Center will continue projects and expansions noted in the first two phases, and especially those projects that are meant to become continuous and self-sustaining, such as infrastructure, fundraising, media outreach, pilot programs, and library expansion. Specifically, the Center has begun and will continue to pursue the following: • Collect, curate, and synthesize existing research on boys that has already been undertaken worldwide as well as observe and analyze trends, identify needs, and provide new research on best practices for those working with boys. • Host fellows, researchers, educators, and interns at the Center and McCallie to discuss and share their research and ideas about boys and to develop additional areas for future research. • Distribute print and digital content (e.g. the White Paper, a video series, blogs, and other social media posts) about different aspects of boys’ development and learning. • Increase sponsorship of events regionally and in other cities featuring guest speakers, as well as travel to an increasing number of cities to speak and present to adults and students in communities, schools, and conferences. • Develop new partnerships with local chapters of national organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, My Brother’s Keeper, and COSEBOC, and become a strategic partner with top performing boys’ schools. • Build an endowment to sustain all operational expenses. Funds will be needed in order to sponsor the desired programs and their positive outcomes, as well as maintain and expand our infrastructure and outreach.

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Funding and budgets already available in 2017 allow for the planning phases to proceed and fund present infrastructure and consulting services; furthermore, funding exists at present for the execution of some other elements, including the White Paper, other publishable documents and social media, conferences at McCallie in 2017, guest speakers, hosting some researchers, travel by Center staff to other locations for speaking and outreach, and remuneration for the executive director and support team, and website development. Further funding will be needed to expand Center operations. In pursuing this funding, the Center team requests latitude to be bold and aspirational in its future planning and focus. While each new program will include specific deliverables and specific self-evaluation components, the Center predicts that the landscape of boys’ needs in the U.S. will continue to shift and hopes to be highly adaptive in this fluid environment.




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Several members of the McCallie Board of Trustees and friends of the school provided the initial funding to launch the Center. To assure the continuous, upward arc of the Center we will need to continue to raise new funds and constantly re-assess our achievements. We therefore hope to: • Grow annual support for the Center and seek lifetime engagement and relationship with friends of the Center. • Launch efforts to raise endowment funds for institutional sustainability, program development, deployment of assets and programs in as many communities as possible, and partnerships with other organizations and consulting fellows. • Develop a multi-year financial model that generates balanced budgets with appropriate contingencies, incorporating focused efforts on cost controls, operational efficiencies, sunsetting of programs and new revenue streams that fit the not-for-profit and public purpose nature of the organization. • Empower the Board to follow a pattern of oversight and stewardship of the prudent management and disciplined deployment of all financial reserves.

Potential fundraising techniques include: 1. Revenue from speaking engagements 2. Revenue from events/programs 3. Revenue from consulting 4. Revenue from GI collaboration 5. Grant funding 6. Annual philanthropic support 7. Endowment support 8. Fee-based memberships 9. Sales of products and services 10. Intellectual property/subscriptions



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Center has defined various categories of possible financial investment by donors and investors. More information on each category is available upon request.

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Operations and Institutional Sustainability The Center aspires to impact the lives of boys and young men across the country, regardless of their resources. To reach this goal, the Center will need annual support as well as endowment funds to offset operational costs and new programs. Donors can support specific programs and services or contribute non-designated funds to be applied to the areas of greatest need.

Deliverables • Grow in the number of individuals, institutions, and communities served. • Expand of the Center’s print and digital library • Establish and manage programs and services through sustainable resources.

Success Targets and Impact Our success will depend on having the flexibility to deploy our programs and services to address the areas of greatest need.

Costs Annual Operating Costs for the Center are projected to be $400,000.



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Consulting Costs Consulting services have already been and will continue to be essential to the national outreach of the Center, and it is our objective to have consulting costs underwritten. Our primary consultant at present is the Gurian Institute (GI), including Dr. Michael Gurian, Katey McPherson, and the GI team. Other consultants may be needed in the future.

Deliverables • • • • • •

Create a vision for the Center’s purpose, goals, and potential national niche. Develop resources, research, a digital and print library, and clearinghouse. Develop a new Business Plan, Strategic Plan, and other foundational documents. Recruit internationally recognized experts for the Advisory Board and Board of Directors. Provide executive and administrative coaching. Assist with fundraising efforts for the Center.

Deliverable services to be provided by GI in the future include: • cultural diagnostics to provide the Center with insight and contacts for expansion of the Center nationwide; • ongoing training and consulting to expand the Center’s profile and platform nationwide; • assistance in the development and implementation of Pilot Programs in schools and communities; and • assistance in implementing each of the areas defined below, including providing access to already established parent and instructional coaches, as well as training services.

Success Targets and Impact We expect this consulting relationship to continue to positively affect both the three-fold goal matrix of the Center, as well as the promptness with which the Center can meet those three goals by: • creating a nationally recognized resource clearinghouse; • connecting the Center with many of the best known people and organizations in the field of boys’ development, and connecting those people with one another; and • providing a strong academic underpinning and proven success strategy as the Center catalyzes communities around the nation.

Costs • Annual Cost for GI consulting services will be between $40,000 - $75,000.

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Resources and Research Hub As the Center becomes a hub of resources and research in boys’ development, it will continue the process of providing specific deliverables and incurring specific costs.

Deliverables • Produce and distribute written and digital assets such as its White Paper, digital newsletters, a video series, and social media posts about different aspects of boys’ development and learning. • Host fellows, researchers, and interns at McCallie and the Center to discuss and share their research and ideas about boys, all of which can be utilized by the Center in its library. • Provide parent and community coaching resources as well as instructional coaching for educators who are having difficulty with boys and young men.

Success Targets and Impact With each deliverable, the Center expects to positively effect: • academic and community knowledge of an under-nurtured population, boys and young men, especially boys who are disadvantaged; • social-emotional health and well-being of boys in their families and communities, including, we hope, a more positive trajectory for boys’ mental health; • awareness among public and private institutions, as well as governmental and policy-making agencies, of the under-reported needs of boys and young men; and • family stability and school engagement among boys following an increase of coaching support for educators and parents raising and educating boys. The Center plans to meet and measure these growth targets by organizing academic assets and sponsoring a network of coaches from within the assets of the Center and the Gurian Institute.

Costs Cost for the White Paper as well as initial website are already covered in the Center’s initial funding but costs for the creation of a digital/video series will likely be approximately $20,000. • • • •

Cost per Fellow/Researcher: $10,000 Cost per Intern: $10,000 Cost per parent coach: $250 Cost per instructional coach: $300

Depending on future decisions regarding which revenue streams are appropriate for the Center to develop as a non-profit organization, each of the deliverables will be converted from a free or flow-through service to a revenue stream for the Center.



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Sponsor and Provide Conferences, Speaking Events, and Speakers

National outreach is often effectively catalyzed through speakers and major events.

Deliverables • Continue to sponsor guest speakers regionally and in other locations around the country. • Deploy its own assets, including its Executive Director, into various communities to speak and present to adults and students. • Sponsor events, conferences, and summits that will bring together multiple speakers and assets to focus on the development, learning, and nurture of boys.

Success Targets and Impact Our present growth target is ten National Center Sponsored Events per year, some locally, regionally and a growing number nationwide. The Gurian Institute has already provided these sorts of services and because of their success, the Center feels confident that major speaking events and summits held and/or sponsored by the Center in other cities will: • raise awareness on the needs of boys and young men in communities that can use the new knowledge to improve the health and wellness of boys; • provide practical resources to families, educators, and community members to use immediately to deal with daily issues such as poor grades, boys’ dislike of education, and low male self-esteem; • inspire connection and community in neighborhoods and cities in which agencies with like-minded purpose have never before come together in this way to help boys and young men; and • improve the social-emotional growth of boys, including physical and mental health outcomes, and boys’ digital citizenship;

Costs • Cost per speaking event for a national speaker in Chattanooga or elsewhere in the U.S., including expenses: $10,000 - $12,000. • Cost to put on a daylong conference such as a Helping Boys Thrive Summit™ in a city: $15,000 $20,000 if venue/AV is donated; potential cost will increase by $8,000-$12,000 if venue is not donated. Many of these events can become revenue streams for the Center. For instance, when Kemp provides a training to a Gurian Institute audience, $2,500 can be paid to the Center. When the expenses of a Helping Boys Thrive Summit™ or other event has been covered, its main profits would go to the sponsor, i.e. the Center.

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FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Sponsor and Establish Pilot Programs in Schools and Communities, Especially Those Serving Disadvantaged Youth and Boys of Color In all of its work, the Center staff keeps in mind the mission of helping both disadvantaged youth and boys of color. In its focus on delivering effective pilot programs, the Center hopes to deeply serve this population. The intense and complex needs of males in this population have been often discussed in the media and the Center is poised to help fulfill those needs in both small and large ways. With the help of the Gurian Institute, with whom the Center has formed a national training partnership, the Center can develop and sponsor trainings and pilot programs in schools and communities in need across the country.

Deliverables • Provide classroom design, curriculum analysis, behavioral insight, professional development, counselor training, instructional coaching, and others services to schools and school districts in need. • Exemplify best practices regarding what works with boys, including specific understanding of dropout and school-to-prison pipeline issues. • Provide support for change agency in educating and raising boys across the curriculum and throughout a building, school, or district.

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Success Targets and Impact The Center hopes to maintain four pilot programs over the next two years. As needed, infrastructure can be added to the Center to fulfill the pilots. As these pilots gather data, the Center will promulgate that data nationwide and work to expand the successful pilots into replicable programs in other communities. The Gurian Institute and other agencies have already developed impact data for their similar programs, and the Center will look to utilize those impact frameworks in its pilots. The impact of pilots can include: • • • • • • • •

closing achievement gaps; increasing student engagement and teacher effectiveness; promoting a safe school culture, including decreasing bullying and relational violence; lowering discipline referrals to administration, including lowering suspension/expulsion rates; lowering dropout rates and improving digital citizenship among students; improving teacher-parent relationships and positively affecting students’ health and wellness; turning around low performing schools; and increasing student literacy and STEM achievement.

Costs Estimated Costs (actual costs depend on locations, number of teachers, costs for an administrator, and local needs): • one-year pilot for a small school (approximately100 students per grade): $150,000 • one-year pilot for a medium-sized school (approximately150 students per grade): $175,000 • one-year pilot for large school (approximately 200 or more students per grade): $200,000 Pilots for whole school districts - small, medium, or large in size - can also be developed. Costs will depend on various local factors, including the number of teachers, parents, and students in the district as well as proximity of locations. For whole districts, Train-the-Trainer models will lower costs to the grantor or district.



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Assistance to and Training for Mentors Including Violence Reduction Frameworks There is a deep need in American communities for successful mentoring programs, especially in neighborhoods of severe disadvantage. The Center is aware of the power of mentors in promoting better physical and mental health as well as reducing violence in these communities, and will become a national leader and ally in the mentoring movement that is sweeping the U.S.

Deliverables • Provide consulting and training to small and large organizations, from Boys to Men to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America to the United Way to faith communities and others on what strategies work with boys. • Develop strategic partnerships for pre-K through college organizations, including early childhood mentors, K-12 educators, and college administrators. • Engage parents with professionals in Town Hall forums and other outreach approaches that connect mentors with fatherless boys. • Help law enforcement and social service agencies to connect with athletic and sports programs in order to link services and approaches on behalf of boys and young men. One example of a strategic mentoring partnership already developed is Coaches, Cops, and Community (CCC), a co-sponsored program between the City of Chattanooga Public Safety Office, the Center, and law enforcement in Chattanooga that brings together various mentoring groups and community members to assist in mentoring disadvantaged youth.

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Success Targets and Impact Within the first year of Phase 3, the Center hopes to partner with agencies in ways that will positively affect their ability to provide mentors in ten cities and build new CCC programs in two (2) other cities. The Center believes the impact of each collaboration will be: • • • • • • • •

increased, healthy adult bonding with boys and young men in need; increased success in developing good character among boys and young men; increased social-emotional wellness among the mentored youth; positive upward trending in self-esteem and empathy in youth; better behavior among boys, including reduction of violence; lower rates of delinquency and incarceration among impacted youth; decrease in necessity for gang affiliation and gang behavior; and specific gains in social competence for boys of color from fatherless homes.

Costs • Cost for training mentors in existing agencies will be decided in partnership with the mentoring organizations. • Cost to help start a CCC program in a new city is approximately $10,000. It is hoped that after initial start up, the organization in the city will apply for and receive grants for continued funding.



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Partner with Athletic and Sports Organizations The research from the Center will establish the importance of sports and athletics in youth development outcomes. Those same organizations - from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and baseball franchises, along with foundations established by individual sports celebrities are looking for assistance from knowledgeable organizations in creating and supporting programs that help sports teams to help local communities. The Center can assist sports organizations to fulfill these needs in various ways.

Deliverables • The Center will offer consulting on designing and delivering coach-training programs within the sports organization or team--from youth leagues to professional sports--that include best practices for working with the boys and young men. • The Center will offer site-based and online training via its own assets to assist athletic and sports organizations in character development and other crucial themes of male development among athletes and teams. A professional sports organization, an academic athletics department, or an athletic foundation can contract with the Center team to provide consulting and training to its own teams and/or fund the Center to provide training, mentoring, and consulting in a community or organization of its choice in its local area. If the organization chooses to have the Center become involved in a local pilot, that pilot can include specific mentoring of athletes and teams in the fulfillment of public purpose and service.

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Success Targets and Impact Coaches and athletics programs have a tremendous amount of influence over boys and their parents well beyond the season of play. There are times when a boy receives role modeling and support from athletic teams and coaches in ways parents cannot provide. Tapping into this reality, the Center hopes that within the first year of Phase 3, it will begin at least two consulting and training collaborations with major sports organizations or athletic foundations. Meanwhile, within the first year of Phase 3, the Center hopes to develop and market a new Coaches Training Program to at least one hundred (100) coaches. Either separately, or via its collaboration with the Gurian Institute, which has more than 100 certified trainers, the Center will have trained coaches available to fulfill training contracts where they are needed. The Center believes the impact of each collaboration and sports-oriented partnership will be similar to the impact of mentoring assistance mentioned previously: • • • • • • • •

Increased, healthy adult bonding with boys and young men in need. Increased success in developing good character among boys and young men. Increased social-emotional wellness among the coached youth. Positive upward trending in self-esteem and empathy in youth. Better behavior among boys, including reduction of violence. Lower rates of delinquency and incarceration among impacted youth. Decrease in necessity for gang affiliation and gang behavior. Specific gains in social competence for boys of color from fatherless homes.

Costs Costs to provide consulting for sports organizations should be negligible as these costs will be covered by the hiring organization or foundation. Other costs may include: • Cost to develop a specific “Coaches Curriculum” is estimated at $15,000. • Cost per trainer per day to deliver training to coaches: $5,000 per day including all expenses.



FUNDING AREAS & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES Consulting/Training for Boys’ Schools and Other Single-Gender Organizations Boys schools and other single-gender institutions need support in practicing their craft and, in some cases, survival. A number of boys’ schools, for instance, are unable to fully support the needs of boys and young men because they lack training in how to do so. While some of these schools may wish to involve the Center in a major pilot as per above, many will likely ask for less comprehensive assistance from the Center.

Deliverables The Center can provide consulting/coaching to new or existing boys’ schools and other singlegender organizations in: • • • • • • •

best practices for teaching boys; curriculum development; leadership and staffing suggestions; appropriate expectations for boys’ social-emotional development; effective playground management; helping sensitive boys and boys who do not fit various male norms; and justification for single-gender classrooms and schools from a science-based viewpoint.

In partnership with the Gurian Institute, the Center can also sponsor in-depth training and professional development for the parents at each school to help them join in the effort to increase their son’s engagement, motivation, and success. If the school wishes, the school receiving support from the Center can go through the process of becoming a National Center Model School.

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Success Targets and Impact The Center hopes to develop contracts to assist at least five boys’ schools or other singlegender institutions in the first two years of Phase 3. Primary positive impacts on the schools and communities should include: • • • • • •

increasing teacher effectiveness and student engagement; lowering discipline referrals to administration and improving student behavior; lowering bullying rates and increasing digital citizenship among students; closing achievement gaps by improving test scores and grades; assisting boys of color in disadvantaged communities; and providing parents and the school with common language and tools for collaboration on behalf of the boys.

Costs • Approximate costs per hour for the coach/consultant: $300 - 400 per hour • Approximate cost to school for Training/Model School Designation: $25,000 Upon completion of the Model School designation, the school will become co-branded with the Center. This process can become a revenue stream.




Detail for Phase1 of Operation

Phase 1 (April 2015 - Early 2017): Planning, Design, Initial Funding, Initial Outreach, Development of Long Term Strategic Plan From conception of the Center at McCallie to ongoing planning and design processes, the Board has constructed a solid base of operations via initial business plan, Board installation, fundraising, alliance building, and promulgation of the Center’s intentions and operations. Specifically, the planning process and initial operations of the Center have included the elements noted in the overview earlier, as well as: • Numerous meetings and conference calls of the Board of Directors and the development of an Advisory Board. • Fundraising to build initial funds for the Center. • “Friendraising” with groups in Chattanooga, Memphis, Florida, and elsewhere. • Extensive interviews in-house with McCallie faculty and staff, students, alumni, and parents, and local and national stakeholders in boys’ development to review and analyze different potential courses of action. • Interviews led by Kemp and external consultant Gurian with stakeholders, including McCallie faculty and staff, Trustees, parents and alumni to help determine potential directions for the Center. • School visits by Gurian and McPherson to work with the Board and others at McCallie in the planning process. • Public events with Gurian at Olivet Baptist Church and Dr. Steve Perry at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. • The review and discussion of various books and articles about education, learning, schools, boys and our society and world. • Visits by Board members and Kemp to schools and communities in New England, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Georgia, and northern and southern California, including Causeway Challenge, REACH Memphis, two Montessori schools, and many others. • Speaking engagements on “Understanding Boys” for Kemp, Sholl, and Burns at various schools and in various communities, including Gurian Institute Trainings and Professional Development. • Meetings with McCallie faculty and staff, Alumni Council, Parent Council, and Athletic Council to review and offer feedback on preliminary emerging strategic themes. • Meeting of the Board, Kemp, and consultants to review and offer feedback on an emerging draft of the plan and potential action steps. • Extensive meetings of the full Board of Directors devoted to strategic planning. • Facilitation of Coaches, Cops, and Communities in Chattanooga, a networking and outreach opportunity that might be replicable in other communities. • Continued alliance with GI as training partner and consultant.

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The alliance with GI is only one of many partnerships the Center has formed and continues to form in Phase 1. • Kemp travels frequently to speak and to study what other communities are doing and what they need. • To form partnerships in Chattanooga with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Urban League, Kemp has joined their Boards of Directors. • Kemp and Sholl have traveled to Florida to explore alliances with McCallie alumni and local and regional stakeholders. • Kemp has provided a keynote at the Gurian Institute’s Winter Training in Tampa, Florida and will present again at GI’s Summer Insitute in Carlsbad, California. • Four McCallie staff members, including Kemp, have become Gurian Certified Trainers in order to partner with GI in Center-sponsored school trainings. • The Advisory Board for the Center has formed and an expanded Board of Directors has begun to take shape. • As all of these foundational steps have taken place, Kemp, the Board of Directors, Gurian, and GI have worked together to create this Strategic Plan.




Citations for The Boy Crisis

*Christina Hoff Sommers (2015) The War Against Boys. New York: Simon & Schuster. *Tom Mortenson (2011) “The State of American Manhood.” Post Secondary Education, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Education. *Nicole Fortin,, “Leaving Boys Behind: Gender Disparities in High Academic Achievement,” Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 50, Summer, 2015 *Michael Gurian (2017) Saving Our Sons. Spokane, WA: Gurian Institute Press. *The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2015 Global Rankings, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). ( *Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, Schott Foundation (www.Schottfoundation. org/reports.) *David Autor and Melanie Wasserman (2016), Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education, The Third Way ( *Farrell, Gurian, Nemko, Moore, (2016), Proposal to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men. ( *Betsy McKay, “Suicides Climb After Years of Declines,” The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2016. *Susan Chira, “Men Need Help,” The New York Times, October 12, 2016. *Ryan D’Agostino, “The Drugging of the American Boy,” Esquire, March 2014 *Leonard Sax (2015), Boys Adrift. New York: Basic Books.

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National Center for the Development of Boys BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wonjen Bagley Thomas Hayes Dr. Kathleen Hunt Alison Lebovitz Leonard Murray Kenny Sholl Liz Thompson Lee Burns, Chairman of the Board

ADVISORY BOARD Bishop Kevin Adams, Sr. Antonio Aponte Dennis Barbour, J.D., Esq. Angela Burt-Murray Ron L. Clark, Jr. Warren Farrell, Ph.D. Dr. Michael Gurian Veronica Herrera Willie Iles, Jr. Gregory J. Jantz, Ph.D. Dr. J. Robert McClure Katey McPherson Thomas G. Mortenson Christina Hoff Sommers, Ph.D. Michael Thompson, Ph.D. Dr. Jeffrey T. Wilson Pastor Tim Wright

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