President Acebo is Keynote Speaker at Boys to Leaders Foundation Leadership Conference

November 1, 2023
President Acebo speaks to young men at the 10th annual leadership conference.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | On October 28, New Jersey City University (NJCU) Interim President Andrés Acebo was the Keynote Speaker during the Boys to Leaders Foundation’s 10th Annual Young Men’s Leadership Conference in Newark, N.J. Additionally, the organization hosted approximately 20 NJCU students at the event, including some from the university's GEAR UP College Bound Program. The theme of the conference was LEAD with Courage.

The conference, designed for male students aged 14 to 22, trains young men on how to lead and succeed in their endeavors by providing educational workshops and connecting them with powerful and prominent community leaders who offer hope, inspiration and guidance. The event included workshops in Financial Literacy, Youth Entrepreneurship and Maximizing Opportunities, Scoring Jobs, and a Financial Aid Information Session.

President Acebo with leaders at the Boys to Leaders Foundation conference.
President Acebo was the keynote speaker at the Boys to Leaders Foundation.

The conference is geared towards promoting a culture of leadership and communication skills that are fundamental to achieving personal and professional success. In addition, the Boys to Leaders Foundation aims to address and offer solutions to ongoing and emerging cultural issues that are impacting the young men in our communities.

The Boys to Leaders Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower, motivate and inspire young men by providing leadership training, scholarships, educational programs, and positive personal and professional development. The organization’s goal is to unleash the potential of young men while offering resources they will need to succeed. More information can be found at

President Acebo's appointment as interim president was previously praised by the Boys to Leaders Foundation in a public statement issued by the organization in May.


President Acebo with the young men who attended the Boys to Leaders Foundation conference, including many from NJCU.
President Acebo with the young men who attended the Boys to Leaders Foundation conference, including many from NJCU.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning dedicated to the development of our students, our city, our communities, and our state. We are a game-changing force for our students and have been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation improving their upward economic mobility. Whether enrolled in one of our undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs at our three locations, NJCU students have access to an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty. This prepares them to go on to become the next generation of workers and leaders who improve their communities and the State of New Jersey.

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