Raising Black Boys, Part II: Playing the Hand You’re Dealt

Each year, more than 250,000 children are placed into foster care.  African American children make up about 20% of that population.  More than 23,000 children will age out of the foster care system (age 18), every year and 25% of those will suffer from direct effects of PTSD.  While about  7 out of every 10 foster kids indicates they would like to attend college one day, only about 6% of those who age out of the system will attend college and only 50% of that group will actually graduate with a degree. Our guest, Rodney J. Walker beat those odds.  The account of his journey, A New Day One: Trauma and Grace and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale is sure to inspire.  You will admire the resilience, determination and courage Mr. Walker demonstrated on his journey through foster care from, age 5 to 17, and throughout his academic pursuits in the upper echelons of higher education as well as his professional endeavors as a speaker and entrepreneur.  (Air Date: December 14, 2018)

Guest:  Rodney J. Walker, Founder of Forever Life Productions, Speaker and Advocate, Author of A New Day One: Trauma and Grace and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale. www.anewdayone.org

2 replies
  1. Lydia Rainer
    Lydia Rainer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. This young man is truly a God given inspiration. I loved listening. And pray God’s blessings over him and his family and project.
    Please continue to keep me connected to your shows.


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