First Lady Michelle Obama & Wale Team Up For Education Initiative

Michelle Obama Wale

First Lady Michelle Obama is collaborating with rapper and D.C. native Wale for her Reach Higher educational initiative, which promotes higher education and career services for youths.

For the initiative, Wale is scheduled to appear at the White House this upcoming Thursday in support by performing and speaking with students.

In a press release, The White House communication team said: “As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the country to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. These students are being sponsored by 70 non-profit organizations, and represent a mix of urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college.”

The Beating The Odds Summit will also host a panel with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Brown University senior student Manuel Contreras. E! News and former 106 & Park co-host  Terrence Jenkins will serve as the panel’s moderator.

Wale spoke about the opportunity, saying, “I’m beyond honored & grateful to be involved in the First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ initiative & to have the opportunity to sit down with her, as well as perform for the kids of D.C. I believe that the youth are the first step in creating a better country, so to be involved in a program that aims to enrich their lives is truly the greatest reward. Having grown up in Washington, D.C., being invited to the White House by the First Lady is a dream come true. Thank you to Mrs. Obama & her entire staff for this opportunity.”

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