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'Wounds You Cannot See': Author Rodney Walker Returns to WAHS

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March 20, 2019 | WASD Education Foundation

Rodney Walker with students.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (MARCH 20, 2019) — Author, youth advocate, and entrepreneur Rodney Walker returned to Williamsport Area High School today to work with about 70 students who have been through adverse experiences.

He led the groups of students through a workshop called "Wounds You Cannot See," offering them strategies on how to work toward healing and positive growth.

Walker's return to WAHS was a follow up to his visit here last fall, when he met with about 100 students from the high school and middle school as well as about 25 of the schools' counselors.

Both presentations to students stem from his 2016 memoir, "A New Day One: Trauma, Grace and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale.”

Starting at just 5 years old, Walker spent 12 years in Chicago's foster care system until he ran away, ending up homeless for several months as a teen only to experience, “all of the horrors of Chicago,” in many different ways. While for much of that time he was failing school, he claims it was education that ultimately saved his life, crediting his turnaround to two of his teachers.

Today, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College. He also holds master's degrees from both Yale and Harvard universities, the latter at which he is currently finishing his doctoral program. 

Walker's visit today was funded by the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.

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