Warché K. Downing is a college access director, minister, social entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, he completed his Masters in Education (M.Ed.) degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in Cultural Studies at UNC-Greensboro.
Warche is a former college adviser in the College Advising Corps via the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served Ben L. Smith High School in Greensboro, NC to collaboratively and strategically increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education by cultivating a college-going culture. Warché is passionate about strengthening the high school to college pipeline, college access, student success and persisting to graduation for all students. Warché works for Say Yes to Education, a non-profit college access and scholarship program in Guilford County where he collaboratively fosters college access initiatives and programming as the Director of Postsecondary Access and Success.
Warché is also a licensed minister and with that identity he brings forth passion, mentoring, counseling, and the ability to empower others while shifting them to take action. He serves as the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ, Inc. State Youth President, where he works collaboratively to perpetuate an equipping ministry of excellence to prepare youth/young adults for worldwide ministry. Warché's motto is, "Catch the vision and dare to become a trailblazer in life!"
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