Apr 11, 2012
CONTACT Marsha Robertson

The Y Factor – Men Leading by Example

One-Of-A-Kind National Summit Honors Men Working to End Violence Against Women and Children. Thursday, April 12 at Futures Without Violence Headquarters in San Francisco’s Presidio.

  • A conversation with sports legends Willie Mays and Joe Torre about coaching boys into men and the importance of positive role models.
  • Middleweight boxing champion Sergio Martinez on bullying and his personal commitment to prevent domestic violence.
  • Remarks from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • Keynote speech by Tony West, Department of Justice’s Acting Associate Attorney General.
  • Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of WIRED Magazine, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley moderate panel discussions.

San Francisco, CA (April 5, 2012) – On April 12, Futures Without Violence (FWV) and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention will host the The Y Factor: Men Leading By Example, a national summit saluting the work of men who are leading the movement to prevent violence against women and children throughout the U.S. and the world. Mays, Torre and Martinez will join top advocates in discussions focusing on the messages, programs and leaders that will help turn today's boys into men who respect all the women in their lives.

At The Y Factor Leadership Awards luncheon (noon-2 p.m.) in The Open Square, sportscaster Marty Lurie will moderate a conversation with baseball legends Mays and Torre about their careers and ongoing role as mentors. Additional luncheon speakers will include Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Acting Asst. Attorney General Tony West, with videotaped remarks from Vice President Joe Biden. Also participating are philanthropist Ted Waitt, violence prevention activist Malcolm Astley, whose daughter was killed by her ex-boyfriend, and Sacramento high school football coaches and students participating in a national program called “Coaching Boys Into Men.”

Professional boxing champion Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) will participate in a one-on-one session (9:40 –10a.m.) that explores his childhood in Argentina, where he was constantly bullied, and his commitment to raising public awareness about domestic violence and the Violence Against Women Act.

Film producer Mikaela Beardsley will preview footage from the upcoming PBS documentary, “Half the Sky,” based on New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof’s award-winning book (3 p.m.).

This special event will take place at Futures’ state-of-the art- headquarters on the Main Post of the Presidio in San Francisco, envisioned to foster ongoing dialogue and advocacy to end and prevent violence against women, children, and families worldwide. This global education and innovation center in a renowned national park provides an idyllic setting for creative thinking and collaboration.

About Futures Without Violence

Everyone has the right to live free of violence. Under the leadership and vision of founder Esta Soler for more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world. In 1994, Futures Without Violence was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, the organization has established a state-of-the-art international conference and innovation center in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse.

About The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention

The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention is a private operating foundation committed to breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, schools, and communities on the local and national level. The Waitt Family Foundation has supported violence prevention efforts since 1993. To streamline our efforts, WIVP was founded in 2005, by Ted Waitt. We are the only private foundation in America that focuses solely on primary prevention. Through this work, we change social norms that accept violence as a part of life.