MPT is shining the spotlight on local Champions and programs in Maryland that provide valuable supports and services to students in need. Stories of Champions is a companion project of American Graduate Day, a national public media initiative and annual broadcast. Let our inspiring stories encourage you to give back and get involved. Become a mentor or volunteer!
Sarah Hemminger co-founded Thread to support Baltimore’s most at-risk high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom. She has a passion for helping youth succeed in order to reach their highest potential by surrounding them with a cohesive ‘family’ of up to five volunteers.
Travis Street grew up in the largest public housing community in Baltimore, one in which he now serves. As the Director of UA House and Family & Community Engagement for Living Classrooms Foundation, he is devoted to helping children and youth succeed through academic enrichment, health, physical fitness education, and career development. Travis also serves as a respected role model for students and staff alike, empowering each to thrive in all aspects of life.
Yvonne Terry is at the helm of an academic enrichment program designed to support at-risk youth and prevent the “summer slide.” Salisbury Horizons is a transformational, community-centered summer education program working to close the achievement gap for low-income children attending Wicomico County Public Schools.
Tiphane Waddell serves as the Director of Student Services for BridgeEdu. As a lead success coach and mentor, she helps underserved students in Baltimore make the transition from high school to college, and guides them through their first year of higher education. Her ultimate goal is to prepare these young adults for long term success and let them know that they are not alone.