Mychal Wynn, author, consultant, educator, parent, motivational speaker, and college planning expert, is a first generation college graduate who is 'authentic.' The authentic manner in which he conducts staff development for educators, speaks to parents, and 'keeps it real' with students, is less about being politically correct and more about being strategically focused.
As a child of poverty and first in his family to attend college, Mr. Wynn has unique insight into how to synthesize research into practical strategies for working with students and families. Mr. Wynn believes in 'bell-to-bell' student engagement, whether teaching writing or college planning, it's not about the workout, it's about the work ethic.
Talk to any student and parent with whom Mr. Wynn has worked and they will tell you, "Mr. Wynn is vested in student success—he takes it personally. Consequently, he is going to have an 'authentic' conversation with you. Your dreams must align with your work ethic. Your college aspirations must align with your course taking. Your scholarships needs must align with your leadership, community service, gifts and talents, and how your teachers, coaches, and counselors will attest to your character.' Mr. Wynn is going to keep it real!"
Many people and programs promote themselves as increasing college and career readiness, without achieving measurable results. We pride ourselves on outcome data—the goals our students set for themselves, the colleges to which our students are accepted, the scholarships and financial aid packages our students receive, the big dollar scholarships our students are awarded, and the number of students who maintain relationships with us long after being accepted into college.
In our newsletter each month, we brag about our students who are attending the best colleges and have earned millions of dollars in scholarships and institutional aid. 5 Gates Millennium Scholars; 2 Posse Foundation Scholars; 1 Meyerhoff Scholar; full scholarships to Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Claflin University, University of West Georgia, University of Tennessee-Martin; and full need-based financial aid packages to Amherst College, Williams College, and Drexel University are some of the measurable results we achieve each year working with students throughout the United States and Bermuda. These results are not just increasing student achievement, they are transforming entire communities and breaking the chains of generational poverty.