Anthony McHenry is the CEO of the Milwaukee Academy of Science, a unique public K-12 school in Milwaukee, that is making an incredible difference for young people, helping students believe in their full potential. Milwaukee Academy of Science focuses education on the ever changing world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and encourages mentorship, friendship, and relationship building in order for students to truly be themselves.
Anthony grew up in a tough environment, where his best friends were called to the streets and either died or got locked up. His high school had a 40% graduation rate but a phenomenal football program. Anthony’s talents on the football field got him a scholarship to play football at UW-Madison, where he was opened to new experiences to help young people who were on path to prison and ruin their lives. His leadership in outreach and social programs helped these kids to denounce gangs, turn their lives around, and become their very best.
Mike and Anthony cover a ton of great stuff in this episode like growing up with a tough and demanding mother, a high school football coach that was ruthless and respected, why “the streets” have such a powerful pull on young people, the surprising realities he encountered at UW-Madison, ideas on changing education systems to truly favor young people, why adults can’t choose who succeeds and who doesn’t, and what it takes to have a school that really changes the trajectory of young people’s lives and much more.
And now here’s Anthony McHenry.
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