Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Tutu to Speak at Wheelock College Youth Symposium

Released on: October 23, 2007, 1:03 pm

Press Release Author: May Seto/ Colette Phillips Communications

Industry: Marketing

Press Release Summary: Archbishop Desmond Tutu\'s visit on the 29th of October is
even more relevant with youth violence increasing.

Press Release Body: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Tutu to

Speak at Wheelock College Youth Symposium

Using the South African Model to Reduce Youth Violence in Boston

(October 23, 2007, Boston, MA) -- Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu
will be in Boston on October 29th as the keynote speaker for a youth symposium
hosted and organized by Wheelock College. Six hundred and fifty students from
Boston middle and high schools are expected to attend "Bridges to Hope and
Understanding: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation: A Conversation with Archbishop
Emeritus Desmond Tutu and The Youth of Boston."

The aim of the Youth Symposium is to introduce Boston youth to the Archbishop's
peaceful, reconciliation tactics that have been successful with South African youth.
The symposium, along with an upcoming event in November honoring five Boston high
school students who are "emerging leaders" in their communities, represents part of
Wheelock's ongoing investment in its communities and its continuing 119-year mission
to improve the lives of children and families.

With the recent surge in teen violence in Boston and across the country, finding
ways to reduce and prevent the rise in teen violence is at the fore. The homicide
rate in Boston is at an 11-year high, up 44 percent from last year. Wheelock
College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, who has won national acclaim as an urban
problem solver, came up with the idea to create a series of events to help address
issues with youth both nationally and locally - something that sorely needs
attention by federal and state governments.

Archbishop Tutu will talk at the symposium about the "Truth and Reconciliation"
platform he created, in which retribution is not an option. Archbishop Tutu seeks
to inspire youth to eradicate violence and injustice throughout the world by working
together in peaceful ways. In 2003, the Nobel Peace Prize Winner established the
Desmond Tutu Emerging Leadership Program, which works to promote leadership skills
and reward the achievements of young people who are committed to peace building and
fostering change in their communities.

Following his talk, a panel of five students - four from the Boston schools and one
Wheelock College - will respond to questions about their thoughts on Truth and
Reconciliation and what is it we need to be doing in our communities to address
youth violence.

As part of Wheelock's ongoing initiative to help youth, the college on November 14
will hold Passion For Action, an event to honor five Boston high school students who
are exemplary and "emerging leaders" in their respective communities, and to honor
entrepreneur, businessman and politician Chris Gabrieli with the Passion for Action
Leadership Award.

Before she took the helm of Wheelock College three years ago, Jenkins-Scott headed
the Dimock Community Health Center and under her leadership, the organization was
singled out by the Clinton Administration as a national model for health care
delivery to the poor and working class.

"Bridges to Hope and Understanding: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation: A
Conversation with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and The Youth of Boston" will be
held at the Wheelock Family Theatre on the Boston Campus on October 29th from 10:30
a.m. to 12 p.m. "Passion for Action" will be held on November 14th at 6 p.m. at the
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. For more information, visit the
Wheelock College web site,

Founded in 1888 and located in Boston, Mass., Wheelock College is a private
institution with the public mission of improving lives of children and their
families. The college fulfills this mission by providing a strong education in the
arts and sciences and in its professional fields - education, child and family
studies, and social work - for which its undergraduate and graduate programs are
nationally and internationally recognized. Throughout its academic programs and
student experience, the college reflects the multicultural dimensions of the
communities and countries in which it operates and fosters diverse learning
experiences - all of which contribute to the success, leadership, and impact that
its graduates enjoy in a wide variety of careers.

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