The M List 2016: Joshua Wright
Joshua Wright has spent most of his adult life working with kids from communities he describes as invisible–a segment of society that’s often ignored.
Through the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s College Club program, which serves students in grades 1 to 12, Wright has helped students gain academic and personal skills through an after-school program. The goal of College Club is to instill confidence in students so they can see that getting a college education is attainable. For some, it could be an important step to becoming the first in their family to go to college.
As an education coordinator for the program in the Allied neighborhood, Wright mentored students, encouraged them and made special connections with them.
“It’s having somebody believe in you, building trust, accomplishing a goal,” says Wright, a Madison native and one of eight children. “I tell them they are going to be an adult someday and there are things they need to know to be a productive person.”
Although Wright recently left the College Club for a job with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leaders of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County say Wright was a remarkable coordinator who deserves recognition.
The M List
Madison Magazine’s M List is a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy. In its fourth year, the M List recognizes those making strides as mentors and teachers. Last year’s list of honorees were making impacts in the area of social innovation. The original M List, in 2013, honored the technology sector. The 2014 M List honored “Foodtastic” entrepreneurs and innovators.