"You said all teachers care about us but I had a teacher tell me that they get paid regardless if we learn or not." A young man addressed his concerns.
"Yup," Several others chimed in.
"That's their favorite line." Another young man said.
"That's why we are telling you don't make excuses. If the teacher is saying that, your response should be, 'Well we'll learn weather or not you teach.'" Hassan Freeman pointed out. "Take responsibility and take charge of your own education. If they are not teaching you, you need to teach yourself. That's why the text books are there. Read it."
The session on personal development allowed for the young men of Martin Luther King High School to 'Keep it real' with members of Men United for a Better Philadelphia and Reuben Jones. They kept it 100 with each other and the young men were digging it. One raised his hands and ask that they come speak at their school.
Incarceration, 2nd chances and steps to personal development was the main topic. The men engaged each other on real life issues that they faced in school and society.
The panel engaging the audience.
They stuck around long after the workshop ended to speak freely to each of the presenters.