Walter Blanks Jr. is a Communications Associate at AFC and the first private school choice program recipient AFC has hired. Before joining AFC full-time, Walter was chosen for the first cohort of the American Federation for Children Future Leaders Fellowship, a year-long advocacy and professional development program for graduates of private school choice programs. Before moving to Washington, D.C. to join the national team, Walter championed educational freedom and shared his story across the country serving as a 2018 50CAN National Voices Fellow, an advocacy fellowship that aims to find, connect and support young leaders in education.
From a young age, Walter recognized that many children are still stuck in underperforming schools and wanted to do something about it. At AFC, Walter helps collect success stories from students across the country and highlights them as Voices for Choice, a vital program that puts names and faces to those who have been positively impacted by school choice.
Walter received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Production from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio.