INROADS: Supporting Underserved Youth Through Professional Internships

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INROADS
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Barrett Wragg demonstrates his commitment to sales distribution as a regional investment consultant for T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as a vice president. Barrett Wragg got his start at T. Rowe Price through INROADS, which he now supports as a successful professional.

INROADS began as a small organization in Chicago, Illinois. It served just 25 students, and had 17 corporate sponsors. After 40 years of service, the organization has gone international, now helping more than 2,000 interns succeed across the world.

INROADS offers services to underserved youth, helping to close achievement gaps in the professional world. These efforts culminate in regional annual learning summit events, which bring top students together for networking and development.

The Mid Atlantic regional event invites students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC to come for leadership training and corporate development seminars.

The 2016 learning summit will be held July 15 and 16 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Bowl For Kids’ Sake – Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Bowl For Kids’ Sake
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Barrett Wragg serves as a regional investment consultant and vice president of T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland. Barrett Wragg supports Baltimore’s youth through several important organizations, and personally mentored a Howard County student for four years through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraisers. The event draws half a million participants and volunteers each year. BBBS Supporters register their fundraising team online, and then set a fundraising goal. Some teams raise $2,000 of more, which directly funds BBBS programs.

In the months preceding the event, participants work with friends and family to raise money. Unlike races or skill-based sporting event fundraisers, donors contribute a one-time gift, not a pledge per pin. This means that even the worst bowler can have fun and raise money for BBBS.

Bowl For Kid’s Sake ends with bowling celebrations at different bowling alleys over the course of a week. Participants bowl, and bring their friends and family to celebrate fundraising success.

MentorZing Celebrates the Impact of Mentors

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MentorZing
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Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a proven opportunity to invest in the future generation. Barrett Wragg, a vice president with T. Rowe Price, recognizes the benefits of this kind of investment and has been involved with the organization for several years. Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to match professional mentors with kids that need a supportive adult influence. When people like Barrett Wragg join together to make an impact in their communities, at-risk kids, their families and their schools are all positively affected.

Every year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake hosts MentorZing, a fundraising event that raises funds and awareness for the beneficial work of the organization. At the event, prominent area leaders share about the impact of mentorship within their industries. Those who are involved with mentoring have the opportunity to motivate volunteers and bring to life what they do.

After the April 2015 riots that took place in Baltimore, Big Brothers Big Sisters received 200 requests for mentors for area youth within a four week time frame. Normally, the organization receives 200 requests over a two year period. The MentorZing event held in June of that year was a timely reminder of the need for mentoring and the positive impact it has on area youth.