Potential is universal; opportunity is not. From his work with youth in the juvenile justice system to the high school graduates he serves through BridgeEDU, from his college transition program for under-resourced students to his New York Times best-selling books, Wes Moore has seen this aphorism play out in real lives. He was raised by a single mom in a city where the sound of gunshots in his neighborhood was routine. Fortunately a strong support network steered him to graduate with honors, serve in the U.S. Army, work on Wall Street and become a White House Fellow for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While Wes reached great heights, another Wes Moore, raised in the same neighborhood—at the same time—was sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Wes Moore studied International Relations at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of the book, The Work: My Search for a Life that Matters, in which he examines the impact we make when our greatest joys overlap with the world’s greatest needs. He is also the author of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, an examination of how a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
Join us Dec. 7 for an inspiring discussion as Wes Moore challenges us to consider the question: How do we think differently about the lives of others, and how do we help people think differently about their own lives? Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned to KidsFlash for ticket information!