How do we convince a school board, a city, a government and fellow taxpayers that the IB and Ingenuity programs are critical? The returns on investing in such programs are clear. Not only do these programs create opportunities for students; these same students often return to serve our city. During a commencement speech at Morehouse College last spring, President Barack Obama singled out a graduating senior, Leland Shelton, who overcame daunting odds of poverty and became the first in his family to attend college. Mr. Shelton, a 2009 graduate of City who took advantage of the IB program, is now attending Harvard Law School and plans to return and "give back" to Baltimore City. J.D. Merrill, another 2009 graduate of City's IB program, joined Teach for America upon graduating from Davison College and chose to return to Baltimore City College High School, where he is completing his first year as a teacher. Celia Neustadt graduated from the IB program at City in 2007, attended Pomona College in California, and came home to Baltimore City to establish and run the Inner Harbor Project, through which inner city students work together to envision and plan for a safer Baltimore.