Milton Whitley dropped out of school at age 14 and was not able to read or write for the first 52 years of his life. He ended up homeless -- without any real hope of learning to read -- until he met a tutor in a Montgomery County public library. His education re-started in 2005, when he visited a dental clinic.
Loretta Goodwin is a senior director at the American Youth Policy Forum, where she researches, organizes and conducts professional learning opportunities for policy leaders on issues related to education and youth development. She lives with her family in Arlington.
Kathryn Horn Coneway is director of Art at the Center, an art studio for children and families she co-founded in Alexandria, Va. Witnessing a struggling student gain artistic independence, Coneway remembered to let the work to take over.
Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia and coordinates UDC's National Center for Urban Education. He reflects on a childhood baseball team that taught him the fundamentals of manhood.
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