Wes Moore, Youth Advocate and Author, Speaks About the Transformative Power of Education

On June 14, 2011, Wes Moore, one of the foremost champions of urban and rural youth in America, and a best-selling author, spoke at an event in San Diego, California, sponsored by Fidelity Charitable.

Wes talked about the transformative power of education on his life, the universal nature of potential, and how we are at, in his words, a "crucial point in our nation's history in the battle for education."

His book, The Other Wes Moore, is about two kids with the same name, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for murder. The book tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times hostile world.

Wes is committed to being a positive influence and helping kids find the support they need to enact change. Pointing out that a high school student drops out every nine seconds, Wes says that public servants — the teachers, mentors and volunteers who work with our youth — are as imperative to our national standing and survival as are our armed forces. "Public service does not have to be an occupation," he says, "but it must be a way of life."

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