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Walter Blanks, Jr.

Walter Blanks, Jr. is a spokesperson for American Federation for Children and a private school choice program beneficiary. From a young age, Walter recognized that many children are still stuck in underperforming schools and wanted to do something about it. Walter was chosen for the first cohort of AFC’s 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 AFC’s 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.

At AFC, Walter has a key leadership role with both the Voices for Choice and Future Leaders Fellowship programs. These flagship programs elevate the voices of students, parents, and educators who have benefitted from school choice across America. Walter also serves as a spokesperson for AFC and frequently appears in local and national media. A gifted and in-demand speaker, Walter travels across the country sharing his story and advocating for expanding educational opportunities to more children and families.