Democratic Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand supports creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men—joins Candidate Andrew Yang, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and conservative commentators in recognizing that there is a National Boy Crisis

Kirsten Gillibrand told Warren Farrell, the chairman of a multi-partisan coalition calling for a White House Council on Boys and Men, “I think we need a national commission because I think it’s real.” She was referring to the problem of how society fails our boys.

Gillibrand wants children to have more access to resources such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters: “So much, particularly for boys, is they need role models, they need mentors as girls do, but especially in those teen years. It is an issue that I will focus on as President of the United States to make sure all of our children thrive.” Full video interview here: https://youtu.be/ATvWgjMyy5Y

Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang said, the proposed Council’s emphasis on the education of boys deserves support:  “I have two young boys myself, For whatever reason, our culture is ignoring the fact that we have so many young men who feel like they’re getting pushed to the sidelines at schools.”

Yang elaborated that “schools that don’t really meet the needs of a lot of boys. We emphasize conformity and rigidity. A lot of boys aren’t really well-designed for that. And then they get on the workforce, and the workforce doesn’t have a place for them. Almost one out of five prime working-age American men is out of the workforce.” https://youtu.be/ATvWgjMyy5Y

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has sounded a similar alarm. Tying youth unemployment to the opioid crisis, he told CBS 60 Minutes: “The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males.”

https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y?t=112

The Coalition for a White House Council on Boys and Men believes these issues cut across the political spectrum and deserve the bi-partisan attention it is receiving. Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson recently decried the high incidence of father absence: “More children are growing up without fathers at home. Nobody benefits from that at all.  Why aren’t we sounding an alarm in this society about that?”https://youtu.be/HbbO_LUxfi0

Tucker’s colleague, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, believes the boy crisis merits national attention. Known for her skepticism about expanding the reach of the federal government, Ingraham supports the creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men:  “I’m not usually one for promoting new commissions or studies, but in this case, I think it’s long overdue.” 

“Just on the issue of suicide,” Ingraham said, “When I saw these numbers—I have two sons—it shocks you. Ages 15 to 19 years boys have three times the suicide rate of girls. They have four and half times the suicide rate of girls between the ages of 20 and 24. That’s just one the issues we have,” Ingraham added. “We have drop-out rates that are higher and opioid use that is higher.” https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y 

The Commissioners for a White House Council on Boys and Men are asking President Trump to create a council to respond to the public health crisis robbing boys and men of their mental and physical health and their economic viability.

Details of the proposal to create such a Council are available on the website: http://whitehouseboysmen.org/

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and Laura Ingraham Agree: The Nation Is Suffering a Boy Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 29, 2019 — News Release from: The Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men. http://whitehouseboysmen.org/

 In a rare bridging of political divisions, Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, and Conservative TV Commentator Laura Ingraham all decried the public health crisis facing U.S. boys and men.

Yang spoke to Warren Farrell, the chairman of a multi-partisan coalition calling for a White House Council on Boys and Men. “I have two young boys myself,” Yang said. “For whatever reason, our culture is ignoring the fact that we have so many young men who feel like they’re getting pushed to the sidelines at schools.”

Yang elaborated that “schools that don’t really meet the needs of a lot of boys. We emphasize conformity and rigidity. A lot of boys aren’t really well-designed for that. And then they get on the workforce, and the workforce doesn’t have a place for them. Almost one out of five prime working-age American men is out of the workforce.” Watch the video interview here: https://youtu.be/fl_i67q50wQ

Fed Chair Powell sounded a similar alarm, tying youth unemployment to the opioid crisis, “The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males.”

Farrell, author of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It, described his research that indicts dad deprivation as the prime cause of boys suffering a crisis in their social and emotional development. In response Yang lamented that “40% of kids are born to single parents today, and 90% of those cases are single moms. So if you’re a little boy growing up with a single mom, the mom’s generally working. You don’t have enough time, and then you don’t have strong male role models.”

At the other end of the political spectrum, Ingraham, known for her conservative views about big government, conceded, “I’m not usually one for promoting new commissions or studies, but in this case, I think it’s long overdue.”

“Just on the issue of suicide,” Ingraham said, “When I saw these numbers—I have two sons—it shocks you. Ages 15 to 19 years boys have three times the suicide rate of girls. They have four and half times the suicide rate of girls between the ages of 20 and 24.” “That’s just one the issues we have,” Ingraham added. “We have drop-out rates that are higher and opioid use that is higher.”

The Commissioners for a White House Council on Boys and Men are asking President Trump to create a council to respond to the public health crisis robbing boys and men of their mental and physical health and their economic viability.

Yang quotes retrieved from: https://youtu.be/fl_i67q50wQ

Powell quotes retrieved from: https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y?t=112

Ingraham retrieved from: https://youtu.be/VL1vEFoKK3Y

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There is a Boy Crisis in America and We Need to Recognize it and Act On It

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2019

Contact: Alexey Chandler

Phone: (718) 816-2198

Staten Island Borough President and Award-Winning Author Warren Farrell, Ph.D., will discuss the revelations in his new book, ‘The Boy Crisis’; Will Announce the Creation of a Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men; Call on the Federal Government to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men

STATEN ISLAND, NY –Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo will join with Dr. Warren Farrell, co-author of The Boy Crisis, to discuss the Boy Crisis in America and the need for a Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men. Staten Island will become the first government agency attending to the ways we can prevent the boy crisis, with the ultimate goal of creating a White House Council on Boys and Men. 

Dr. Farrell is a former board member of the National Organization for Women, and who in 2009 was invited by President Barack Obama to be a leading adviser of what was planned to be a White House Council on Girls and Women. According to Dr. Farrell, “the boy crisis resides where dads do not reside,” and that it was dad-deprived boys behind the vast majority of mass shootings, crimes, and ISIS recruits.

There are 70 different metrics which demonstrate the undeniable truth that a boy crisis exists in America:

  • Between the ages of 10 and 14, boys commit suicide at almost twice the rate as girls.
  • Between the ages of 15 and 19, boys commit suicide at four times the rate of girls.
  • Between the ages of 22 and 24, male suicide is five and six times that of females.
  • More black boys between the ages of 10 and 20 are killed by homicide than by the next nine leading causes of death combined.
  • While the rate of obesity amongst adolescent girls has stabilized, the rate for boys is increasing.
  • Young men have gone from 61 percent obtaining a college degree to a projected 39 percent.
  • Our sons are twice as likely as our daughters to be killed by accident.
  • We are less likely to read to our sons.
  • Women constitute 75 percent of those who seek professional help to prevent suicide; men constitute 75 percent of those who actually do commit suicide.
  • Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.
  • A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes.
  • In 1920, American males lived on average only one year less than females; today it is five years less.

WHO: Borough President James S. Oddo, Dr. Warren Farrell, co-author of The Boy Crisis, and community stakeholders

WHAT: Announcement of Staten Island Council on Men and Boys and Call on the Federal Government to create a White House Council on Boys and Men

WHEN: Thursday, May 9th at 11:30am

WHERE: Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Room 125

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To arrange an interview with Dr. Farrell, please contact Kevin McVicker at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

National Newspaper Column Endorses The Creation of a White House Council For Boys and Men

In a USA Today column and video:

“Solutions to the boy crisis must be addressed simultaneously in the family, in schools and by policymakers. To name a few: Parents need communication training to prevent the divorces that breed the boy crisis. Schools need male teachers, vocational education and recess. Presidential candidates need to identify the boy crisis as a signature issue. And President Trump, with an executive order, can create a White House Council on Boys and Men to make the boy crisis a national priority, so millions of parents and sons do not feel isolated and ashamed — but supported to address a solution toward stronger families, more boy-friendly schools, and a more economically and psychologically secure America.” – Warren Farrell, PhD

Federal Reserve Chairman Remarks Deserve National Attention

In a rare interview, Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Jerome Powell, sounded an alarm about the crisis facing young men in the U.S. The solution to this crisis lies in the President’s creation of a White House Council For Boys and Men. In his 60 Minutes interview, Powell tied the crisis facing our young men to several factors. The proposed council could address these factors in a comprehensive and results-oriented fashion. From the transcript:

PELLEY: You mentioned the opioid crisis. It’s that big a problem in the labor force?

POWELL: Yes, it is. The opioid crisis is millions of people. They tend to be young males. And it’s a very significant problem. And it’s part of a larger picture of low labor force participation, particularly by young males. …

PELLEY: What is the biggest threat to American prosperity that no one is talking about?

POWELL: That no one is talking about? … I would point to our longer-run challenges. And I would like to see a stronger national focus on, for example, labor force participation. There are plenty of prime-aged people who are not in the labor force and who would be better off in the labor force. And I’d like to see us find policies that can support and reward work, provide training and education, and generally try to raise U.S. labor force participation so that we’re no longer at the bottom of the league table among advanced economies.

Fed Chair Powell has identified the crisis of young American males as one of the biggest threats to America’s economic future. 

Who and What: A multi-partisan Coalition of 35 nationally-known scholars and practitioners request that President Trump create a White House Council on Boys and Men.

Why: Our nation is suffering a crisis of boys and men. The Coalition identifies five components:

 Education: Nationwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math and science. Yet male teachers, and vocational education—both associated with better outcomes for boys—receive inadequate support.

Jobs: Cut-backs in vocational education leave boys who are not academically inclined unemployed. Japan’s vocational programs result in 99.6% employment. More than 90% of mass shooters, ISIS recruits, and male criminals were dad-deprived boys.

Fatherlessness: A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes; yet boys and girls with significant father involvement do better in more than 70 areas.

Physical health: In 1920, American males lived only one year less than females; today, five years less.  Yet we have no federal office to deal with the public health crisis of boys and men.

Emotional health: Between ages 13 and 20, the suicide rate is five times greater among boys than girls.

Each of the five crisis components is potentially handled by a different department of the government; therefore, the crisis is not prioritized and proposed remedies are nonexistent or inadequate, most importantly, no coordinated effort exists. Short-Term Investment/ Long-TermSavings: Financial benefits: about a trillion dollars per year.  Society benefits: dramatically reducing boys’ and men’s vulnerability to joining terrorist groups, committing mass shootings, and becoming criminals. Quality-of-Life Benefits: Priceless.

Contact:

Chair: Warren Farrell, PhD warren@warrenfarrell.com

Steering Committee Treasurer: Philip W.  Cook thewhitehousecouncil@gmail

Coalition to Create a White House Council for Boys and Men Gets National TV Exposure

Watch Coalition Leader Warren Farrell interview, and note that he explains succinctly how the President could quickly create the White House Council for Boys and Men: https://youtu.be/_Enlr4sCb6w

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