When the White House created only a White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009, it left out the other half of the family: Boys and Men. Dr. Warren Farrell organized national leaders into a coalition to create a White House Council on Boys and Men. On April 26, 2015, members went to Iowa and spoke personally with seven of the Republican presidential candidates to invite them to a conference in Iowa this July to listen to boys, parents and experts explain the boy crisis and consider a White House Council on Boys and Men as a coordinator of solutions. Here Farrell discusses with Rand Paul the importance of fathers as a way to strengthen the family and reduce “government-as-a-substitute-dad”. A few minutes later, Paul spoke with 1700 Republicans at the Faith and Freedom Coalition and stressed the importance of fathers.
In this video, Dr. Farrell explains how a White House Council on Boys and Men, by strengthening father involvement and the family, reduces the need for the government-as-substitute husband:
The Dr. Vibe Show is offering a series of interviews with key members of the commission that is urging President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys and Men. Here are links to three of the programs.
Who We Are
A multi-partisan commission of many of the nation’s leading experts have articulated five components to the boy crisis, and suggested solutions, including the coordination of a White House Council on Boys and Men. See the right sidebar for the full proposal . Click here for a video explaining the crisis.
We Invite You to be Part of History
Now you can bring your family on the family trip of a lifetime–to be a part of history and helping to solve the boy crisis. The event is a unique interactive conference with the presidential candidates in Iowa. It is the perfect way to give your son a sense of purpose and leadership opportunities for his future.
“Today’s Boy Crisis Meets Tomorrow’s President”
July 20, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
Drake University, Olmstead Center, 9-5
- Presidential candidates of both parties, plus
- Boys, parents, educators, mentors, experts, and leaders of programs helping boys
What is an “Interactive” Conference?
Since many boys learn best by doing and interacting, the presidential candidates of both parties, and the parents, experts and the audience, will:
- exchange ideas and experiences about the boy crisis;
- search together for the best solutions;
- play a mini-game of pick-up basketball. The presidential candidates, boys, and others will, like entrepreneurs, create their own rules, play, and then debrief what they learned about each other. Knowing how to win will be secondary; knowing how to be a team player and team leader, primary.
Register Here (ticket prices include buffet lunch. Full work scholarships available.)
How You Can Help If You Cannot Attend
Please donate to help fund this conference.
Watch the video below as Commission Chair, Dr. Warren Farrell, explains.
Click here to see how a White House Council on Boys and Men, by strengthening father involvement and the family, reduces the need for the government-as-substitute husband.
How Our Coalition Made Contact with the Presidential Candidates
See the Eight coalition members in Iowa speaking directly to the candidates.