Wes Moore stopped by the office today to speak to Central Scholarship board and staff about his work with Baltimore City students. Wes lives in Baltimore and originally gained notoriety through The Other Wes Moore, published in 2010, a true story of another Wes Moore that grew up nearby but met a dramatically different fate. Moore is a bestselling author, Rhodes Scholar, Army combat veteran, and executive producer and host of both Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network and the American Graduate Initiative, a platform focusing on reforms happening in the global educational landscape on PBS. Recently, President Obama nominated him to serve as a Board Member for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
Wes (pictured above with BridgeEdU student Kristen and Central Scholarship board chair Ira Wagner) shared information about BridgeEdU – a program he founded which helps Baltimore City students in their first year of college at University of Baltimore. BridgeEdU supports a cohort of students at the University of Baltimore through service experiences, professional internships, a family mentality, and an “entrepreneurial approach to college and career planning.” The first cohort of students began their journey this year and Kristen shared her positive experience with our board and staff. By founding BridgeEdU, Wes and his team have created a supportive program that could be the missing piece of the puzzle for Baltimore City students.