2003 IFE Leadership Award

Josh Bolton at EMR

Mr. Larry Brown’s service as President of WAVE, Inc. (Work, Achievement, Values, and Education) is a shining example of how dedicated adults can help even our nation’s most troubled youth turn around their lives. Thanks to Mr. Brown and WAVE, over 360,000 school dropouts and at-risk youth have become positive, productive members of their communities.

Larry Brown, a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, has worked with challenged young people for 30 years, the last 25 as president of Work, Achievement, Values and Education, Inc. (WAVE, Inc.) in Washington, D.C. WAVE is a national network of 192 schools and community-based organizations providing education, youth development and job training services to 24,000 school dropouts and youth at-risk of dropping out.

Larry is a past chairman of the National Youth Employment Coalition and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Jobs for the Future, Inc. and Opportunity Skyway, Inc, as well as a member of the advisory board of KAPOW, Kids and the Power of Work. He recently served as a coach for DOL’s Youth Opportunity programs in Detroit and Milwaukee and built a long-term strategic plan for the Cleveland Youth Opportunity program. He has served in numerous consulting capacities in the field of education and in 2002 was awarded the IFE Service Leadership Award by the Institute for Education in Washington, DC.

Larry has been married for 27 years to the former Rosemary Dixon and has a 14-year old son, Christopher. They live in Fairfax County where Larry serves as a Little League coach and Scout Leader.

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