Meet Malkese Edwards

NYC Program Director |

Malkese Edwards was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He joined The A Better Chance Program in 2009 choosing to attend the Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT. Upon graduating, he matriculated to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where in 2017 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies & Sociology. While at Emory, Edwards served as a co-teacher at Cedar Grove High School and the NAACP Political Action Co-Chair leading trips to Flint, MI and Stewart Detention Center. He additionally served as the Blacktivism Conference Program Chair and as a tutor with the Emory University Reads Program.

Prior to joining YES, Malkese was a member of the New York University College Advising Corps where he served for two years as the College Counselor for the Bronx High School for Writing & Communication Arts. He is excited to work with students from backgrounds similar to his own and provide them with tangible tools to be resilient, persistent, and agents of change.