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Bright Spots: Wilson Youth Master Plan

In 2014, community leaders in Wilson County developed and launched a master plan focused on improving life outcomes for local youth. The plan kicked off with a look at the overall landscape of Wilson County and identified five key areas for improvement:

  • K-12 Academic Achievement
  • Safety
  • Out-of-School Time
  • Education and Workforce
  • Health and Wellness.

The first component of the work in Wilson was a project labeled “A Gentleman’s Agreement,” which was developed with an emphasis around equity. The program started small with a cohort of 25 African-American males who were granted a unique experience. The early results were impressive.

To learn more, check out the video and then click through for the brief.

These bright spots were identified in collaboration with the myFutureNC Commission. The myFutureNC Commission is focused on educational attainment statewide. They are in the process of developing statewide and localized attainment goals.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.