With his wife standing by his side and a passion to improve lives, not even the back room politics that are associated with children that are ‘at-risk’ could stop Scott from moving forward.
“I am intentional with how we go about our business and I embrace the pressure of funding our programs,” says Scott. “I have found that most people veer away from that level of sweat equity. We leveraged one opportunity into another, and when we got a chance to work with students we put our all into it every time. We knew that we would be introducing students and teachers alike to a legacy so powerful that by being exposed to it could very well provide the spark to change lives.”
Drawing inspiration from his wife, children and the accomplishments of his legendary grandfather, Scott feels that it is imperative that BE Modern Men are represented for youth to see that anything is possible.
“For me it’s important because we are literally talking about the future of this nation; our youth. In most cases the people that make the decisions effecting our youth do not reflect the community they come from.”
Making tremendous strides to be in the room where decisions were being made was something Scott knew he had to do. It is still an uphill climb, but progress is being made.
“Two key areas of focus are our Behavioral Health Mentoring and STEM education programs, which helps prepare children for key careers that exist in the world today. Wendell Scott was an engineer without the benefit of a formal education, so there is always a story in between the lines for the youth to grab on to. Our youth are brilliant and my life’s work is dedicated to having sustainable opportunities for them to matriculate to.”
Exposure can change things and Scott is extremely proud of StoryCorps, releasing an animated short film called Driven, which depicts his grandfather Wendell Scott’s racing story.
“My grandfather used to say, ‘If it’s too tough for everyone else, then it’s just right for me.’ I look at my grandfather as a pioneering BE Modern Man, and it means a great deal to me that I am included in such an elite group. Although this story is about my work, I do nothing by myself or by myself. I want to offer a sincere thank you to the members of the Wendell Scott Foundation. Acknowledgements like this mean that they are being recognized as well.”
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Pic Title/Alt text: BE Modern Man Spotlight – Passion to Purpose – Warrick F. Scott Sr.
Pic Caption: Warrick F. Scott Sr., CEO The Wendell Scott Foundation Photo Credit: Von Wellington & VaBespoke