THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ____________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: 202-456-7035
TUESDAY, July 5, 1994
FAMILY CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON ROLE OF MEN IN CHILDREN'S LIVES Vice President To Moderate Policy Makers, Family Members To Take Part MONDAY, JULY 11, 1994 NASHVILLE, TN WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore, Tipper Gore,
policy makers from all levels of government, family members, and experts in the field of families will join together Monday, July 11 in Nashville, TN, at the Third Annual Family Reunion Conference to address the role of men in children's lives and ways to reconnect young people with their fathers and other male role models.
Family Reunion III: The Role of Men in Children's Lives will be held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Polk Theater in Nashville. It is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the Children, Youth and Families Consortium of the University of Minnesota. It is the third in a series of family policy conferences moderated by the Vice President.
"Over the years, as more and different pressures are placed on families, some ineffective patterns of fatherhood have developed. Unfortunately, many young people across this country are growing up without the support of their fathers, and without any real male role models," the Vice President said. "This conference will address those issues and help us discover ways to reconnect fathers and other men with young people, and in the process, strengthen and support families."
The Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Clinton's Domestic Policy Council Director Carol Rasco, will join the Vice President at the all-day conference. The conference will include men and women's forums; entertainment; policy roundtable discussions; and a town hall meeting moderated by Vice President Gore.
For more information about credentialing and logistics, the media should contact Princine Lewis or Jennifer Miller at 615-742-8113.
The agenda of the conference follows.
FAMILY REUNION III: The Role of Men In Children's Lives Monday, July 11, 1994 Tennessee Performing Arts Center Polk Theater Nashville, Tennessee
8:30 - 8:35 AM CONFERENCE OPENS Dr. Martha Farrell Erickson (Children, Youth and Family Consortium Director at University of Minnesota)introduces children's chorus 8:35 - 8:45 AM "THE SELECT SINGERS" W.O. SMITH NASHVILLE COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL 8:45 - 8:55 AM INTRODUCTIONS * Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Robert Grunow introduces Governor Ned McWherter * Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter introduces the Vice President 8:50 - 8:55 AM VICE PRESIDENT WELCOMES AND INTRODUCES FILM COLLAGE 8:55 - 9:05 AM FILM COLLAGE Images of men in children's lives seen through the lens of American film and TV 9:05 - 9:20 AM VICE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS 9:25 - 10:45 AM MEN'S FORUM Vice President Gore leads 30 men who have made a commitment to children, their own and others, in a discussion of the issues surrounding their involvement
10:45 - 10:55 AM VICE PRESIDENT AND TIPPER GORE INTRODUCE
10:55 - 11:15 AM VOICES OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
A series of interviews with children of different ages and backgrounds about their fathers and the men in their lives
11:15 - 12:00 PM PROGRAM RESPONSE
The Vice President invites responses from those who are actively engaged in programs working with men and children
12:00 - 2:30 PM LUNCHEON Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Entertainment by "Free Spirit" ADDRESS BY REVEREND JESSE JACKSON
2:30 - 3:15 PM WOMEN'S FORUM LED BY TIPPER GORE Mrs. Gore leads a conversation with six other women about the role of men in their children's lives 3:15 - 4:00 PM STRATEGIES Vice President Gore and Carol Rasco lead a discussion among the representatives of federal agencies, and state and local government about the policy responses to the issues raised during the day 4:00 - 4:55 PM TOWN HALL FORUM Vice President will open the discussion to the entire audience 4:55 - 5:00 PM VICE PRESIDENT'S CLOSING REMARKS