The Spartanburg County Foundation would like to share an important message from
New York Times Bestselling Author Wes Moore.
Good afternoon, Spartanburg!
I hope all is well and you are getting ready to enjoy a restful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. We as a family are coming off of a fantastic summer and the kids are getting ready to start school. Mia (5) is now a kindergartener, starting her new school and James (2) is in his second year at Pre-K. I continue to be the most blessed husband and father around!
“An Evening with Wes Moore,” Cornerstone Baptist Church, March 8, 2016
I am also writing to share a few professional updates as Fall approaches. A few months ago I was honored that Oprah Winfrey selected my book The Work to be featured on her show Super Soul Sunday. This Sunday, Sept 4, the show will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). My conversation with Oprah will focus on my book, which you helped make a New York Times Bestseller, as well as our work at BridgeEdU. I am thankful for the chance to sit down with her to share more about the work we are doing and the challenges we strive to solve.
And speaking of BridgeEdU, we are incredibly excited to have just started our most recent school year. As you are aware, BridgeEdU was founded to address the college completion crises by creating technologies and hybrid services that resolve the main obstacles preventing students from persisting in college. Our initial platform has grown from a small pilot group of students to this year where we will serve hundreds of students, with close to 20 employees, and we are very excited about both our efficacy and tremendous growth prospects going forward. Our next product, a financial aid technology platform named “YesU” is targeted to launch next month and is already generating real buzz and excitement. You will hear more about both soon, but you can learn more at www.bridgeedu.com.
Finally, a third way we are looking to raise awareness about the education challenge is through film, and I am excited to Executive Produce (alongside my mom!) a documentary entitled “All The Difference” which will have its national premiere on PBS on Sept 12. The film follows two African American young men as they graduate from high school and try to navigate higher education. The persistence problem in higher education is real, and we want to shed a light on the topic and generate a national dialogue that moves us to action.
Thank you for your consistent love and support. I could not be more grateful.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!