Press Release

Wes Moore to Receive Promise of America Award

America’s Promise Alliance Honors Five Individuals Committed to Improving the Lives of Young People

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Daria Hall
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Washington, DC – America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of young people, is pleased to announce that it will honor BridgeEdU founder Wes Moore with a “Promise of America” Award at its “Promise Night” gala on April 15th. The event, to be held at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC, will recognize the efforts of five individuals who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of America’s youth.  

As America’s Promise approaches its 20th anniversary in 2017, “Promise Night” will echo its legacy – the belief that every child should have the opportunity and support to pursue his or her American Dream. 

“By sharing his story, Wes’ life experiences prove that no matter your background with the right support and resources youth can succeed,” said America’s Promise board chair Alma J. Powell and President & CEO John Gomperts in a joint statement.  “We recognize his passion to help inspire young people and his efforts to empower parents, teachers, mentors, and advocates who serve our nation’s youth.”

An Army combat veteran, acclaimed author and social entrepreneur, Mr. Moore is the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU, an innovative college platform that addresses the college completion and job placement crisis.  He has also hosted national programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Beyond Belief” as well as two PBS shows, “American Graduate Day 2014” and “Coming Back with Wes Moore.” His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller.  As a follow-up to his first book, he debuted earlier this year, The Work, offering a collection of valuable lessons from inspiring people who have found their mission by uplifting their communities.  

“It is such an honor to receive the ‘Promise of America’ Award,” said Mr. Moore.  “America's Promise is an incredible partnership and it is truly humbling to hear their support of BridgeEdU as we work to provide a softer on-ramp to higher education, so all of our students have the opportunity to succeed.”

The “Promise of America” Awards honor champions who have answered the call of every American president for the last forty years to fulfill the “Five Promises” for children and youth in their communities and in our nation: Caring Adults, Safe Places, a Healthy Start, an Effective Education, and Opportunities to Give Back. The award is the highest honor conferred by America’s Promise Alliance. 

The other 2015 award recipients include Senator Lamar Alexander, AT&T chairman & CEO Randall L. Stephenson and AnBryce Foundation founders Beatrice & Anthony Welters.  Local NBC TV personality, Barbara Harrison, will host.  

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About America’s Promise Alliance

Founded in 1997 at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, America’s Promise leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to fulfilling the presidential declaration signed on that day calling upon the nation to keep five crucial promises to every young person in America: the presence of caring adults in their lives; safe surroundings to live, learn and grow; healthy starts and healthy childhoods; an effective education that builds marketable skills; and opportunities to serve others.  As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce. For more information, visit