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A New Day ONE
Rodney Walker - Foster Care Speaker

Welcome to my site, and thank your support in helping me build a new and promising future for education. Whether it's working with students as a mentor and advocate, teachers and administrators through PD and consultation, or government and foundations for systemic change and reform, the goal is all the same; to restore faith, hope, and resilience through the power of education.

-Rodney Walker

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Trainings & PD

Trainings & PD

Wounds you Can Not See - An Approach to Mentoring Youth with High ACE Scores 



Intended Audience: Educators, Social Workers, Counselors, CASA,

Youth Advocates

Keywords: *Mentorship *Trauma-Informed *Relationship Building 

*School Culture & Climate *Social Emotional Learning

Ideal For: Staff Trainings/PD, Teacher Institutes, Educational & Social

Service Conferences and Events.


Workshop Description 

This is a multi-level professional development training that teaches critical intervention and mentorship strategies for programs aimed to help youth with high adverse experiences. These sessions will go in-depth into the programmatic elements, how to organize and orchestrate student sessions, and how to integrate these strategies into building a positive school culture & climate.


As a result of this workshop, participants will learn:

    • The most effective strategies for addressing childhood trauma.

    • How to best engage students in their own healing process.

    • How to motivate students to invest in their own education – without telling them to.

    • The strategies used to build an environment of empathy and compassion in school environments.

    • How to create a youth leadership culture in organizational settings.

Walker and McGrone Workshop

From Foster Care to Harvard: 

A Workshop on College & Career Preparation


Workshop Description 

This workshop is an extension of the keynote presentation, where Walker goes in depth about the resources, strategies, and guidance he received that helped him gain admission into three of the nation’s top-tier institutions. Workshops elements include critically analyzing Walker’s personal statements, his approach to various sections of the college application, the most effective test-preparation strategies, and building relationships with admissions.


As a result of this workshop, participants will learn:

    • About the importance of post-secondary education for personal growth and career development.

    • The best strategies for students to make themselves the  most competitive candidates for college admissions.

    • An overview of how to approach critical aspects of the college application process 

Fundraising Support

Fundraising Support

Information on our special fundraising support initiative for organizations coming soon. In the meantime, if you'd like information on how we support capital campaigns, Reach Out to Us.

College & Graduate Advising

College & Graduate Advising 

Information on our college and graduate school prep counseling for students is coming soon. In the meantime, if you'd like information on this initiative, Reach Out to Us.

Online Education

Online Education

This channel is coming soon!