From the Archive: NEWS | White House honors Marlon Foster as a “Champion of Change” at National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Marlon Foster speaks at one of United Way’s Annual Meetings about his agency Knowledge Quest and the positive changes the agency is making for youth in our community.

(Note: Knowledge Quest is a United Way network partner agency. Executive Director Marlon Foster started the program years ago thanks in part to a United Way Venture Fund grant.

The White House is honoring Foster’s work to prevent youth violence this week. The original press release from the White House is provided below. United Way congratulates Foster for his continued success in making our community a better place to work and live.)


Office of Communications


April 3, 2012

White House Highlights Marlon T. Foster as National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention “Champion of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC- Tomorrow, Wednesday April 4th, the White House will honor Marlon T. Foster as one of twelve leaders recognized for their work to prevent youth violence within their communities as part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (the Forum). Launched at the direction of President Obama in 2010, the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is
a network of communities and federal agencies working together to share information and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence. Mr. Foster along with the Forum’s Memphis team, reported on their progress at a national summit yesterday in Washington, D.C.

“I’m proud leaders like these have found new and innovative ways to prevent youth violence,” said Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. “If we’re going to combat violence and keep our kids safe, then we need to ensure we dedicate time and manpower to the issue. These leaders have done just that, and this is what makes them true champions for their communities and our country.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and  strengthen their communities.

To learn more about our Champions go to
http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions>www.whitehouse.gov/champions and to watch the event live, go to www.whitehouse.gov/live at 2:30pm ET on April 4th.

Reverend Marlon T. Foster is the Founder and Executive Director of
Knowledge Quest, a youth and community development organization whose mission is “*to vigorously equip youth to maximize their potential through intellectual and character development.*”    Responding to youth gun violence causing the death of his childhood best friend, Marlon established the organization in 1998 in Memphis, TN. Knowledge Quest is most known for its promotion of academic excellence in after school settings for Memphis’ youth, grades Pre-K through 12, through three programs: Knowledge Quest’s
School-Age Academy; Teenage Academy and Green Leaf Learning Farm. More information on the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and Memphis’ role is available at: www.findyouthinfo.gov.

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