Driving Social Equity through Adolescent Empowerment
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
5 p.m. EDT

Join Duncan Van Dusen FR’87 ESS'17P CN’19P and moderator Steve Werber FR’83 for a conversation examining topics that promote and influence adolescent well being, while containing risks and identifying ways to rectify barriers and inequalities. Duncan’s new book, When Are We Going to Teach Health?, helps explain why youth empowerment and skills-based health education techniques drive academic success. The book has reached Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release in both Early Childhood Education and Nutrition, and reached #1 bestseller rank in Children's Health, Education Policy & Reform, and Parenting Nutrition for Kids.

After the launch on November 10, When Are We Going to Teach Health? hit Amazon #1 best-seller in several categories including Children's Health, Education Policy & Reform, and Parenting Nutrition for Kids. It is already being used in undergraduate and graduate coursework for students of education, public health, and related disciplines at top universities including University of Texas-Austin, UT School of Public Health, Wright State University, and Montclair State University.

In conjunction with this webinar, the eBook is discounted to 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major book retailers. At the end of the webinar, we'll also select one lucky attendee to receive a signed hardcover copy (not available in stores). 


Meet our panelists

Duncan Van Dusen FR'87 ESS'17P CN'19P
Duncan is a social entrepreneur who started and built successful for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is the founder and CEO of CATCH Global Foundation, whose mission is to connect underserved schools and communities with resources to create and sustain health for future generations. CATCH now serves 11,000 schools and educational sites and reaches over 2.5 million children annually in the U.S. and Latin America with its programs. Duncan was previously founder and CEO of Tango Health and senior vice president of sales and marketing at Works, a financial software company whose rapid growth led to a strategic acquisition by Bank of America. He has pursued his passion for children’s rights through publishing scientific studies on links between fitness and academic achievement, volunteering with CASA as an advocate for child welfare, and making the case for health education in K-12 schools. Duncan attended SYA as a junior from founding school St. Paul’s School (Concord, N.H.) and holds a bachelor’s from Princeton University and a master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas. He speaks fluent French and mediocre Spanish. Outside of work, Duncan has volunteered on behalf of SYA and spends time enjoying the great outdoors with his family and experimenting with novel communication strategies to convince his own daughters, including Kate ESS'17 CN’19, to stay sun safe, exercise and eat their vegetables.

Steve Werber FR'83, Moderator
Steve is portfolio manager for a limited partnership equity strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Previously, he worked in London for eight years at Goldman Sachs and Fidelity Investments, using his French often while researching investment opportunities. Currently, Steve serves on the board of Kids on Point, a Charleston, SC-based nonprofit offering dynamic, evidence-based year-round programming that demonstrably improves its participants’ school attendance, academic performance and likelihood of higher education enrollment. He was the most recent chair of SYA’s Philanthropy Council and serves on The Campaign for SYA Cabinet.

Steve attended SYA as a senior from Jacksonville Episcopal High School (FL) and received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.  Steve and Caroline spend most of their time raising four boys and a girl in Charleston.