As Wes reflects on his life during a trip to South Africa he writes, “His tribe’s influence in making him a man was obvious and indelible. At that moment, I realized the journey I took was never mine alone either.” This realization from the end of “The Other Wes Moore” illustrates the fact that Wes’s peers, parents, family, and community all had positive influences on him.
The theme of “Peer, Parent, and Community Support” refers to the people and the ways in which Wes’s life and his decisions were heavily influenced by the people he surrounded himself with. Similarly, the “other” Wes Moore was also influenced by the people in his life.
What roles do your family, friends, community or neighborhood play in supporting you?
How would your life be different if you did not have the support of peers, parents, or your community?
How would your life be different if you had additional support from peers, parents, or your community?