During the first month of the school year, Adam Ward ‘21 had the privilege of going with Jack and Jill of America Incorporated to the capitol building in Washington, DC, in order to directly speak with congressmen and other important figures of the United States. 

“I spoke to the congressmen about gun control, educational equity, and voter registration,” says Ward. “These are all major issues in not only the African American community but the entire United States.”

Some of the people of influence Ward had the honor of talking to were Corey Booker, Bob Menendez, Jeff Van Drew, and Bonnie Watson-Coleman. 

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Jack and Jill of America Inc. is an organization of mothers with children between the ages of two and nineteen with the objective of providing young children and teens of the African American culture with access to great educational, recreational, and health related programs.

“Not everybody gets a chance to represent their community like that,” said Ward, upon being asked what pushed him to attend the conference. “I knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was a really moving experience.”

Along with having this extraordinary feat to his name, Ward also “plays basketball [for Saint Joseph’s] and is on the newspaper team this year.” 

While many people in today’s society sit back and hope for positive change to come to them without having to do anything, Adam is out on the frontlines doing all he can to serve his community in the best way possible. Adam’s classmates should use him as inspiration to get up and make productive and progressive changes to the significant and crucial issues that matter in today’s world.