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Watch O'Neal, an incarcerated youth, speak to a crowd of over 400 about this program. Read a transcript of the speech here.
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Youth's Reflective Writing
"It’s not about the pain we feel, it’s about what we turn our pain into that defines us. A weak mind turns past experiences into an excuse for future failures. A strong mind turns past experiences, past hurt, past pain into positive motivation, ambition and perseverance to succeed. That’s what separates the men from the boys. That’s what separates the weak from the strong. That’s what separates failure from success in today’s society."
"And that’s why we’re creating this mentorship program, to teach people how to get money the legal way by creating his/her own business to make their own money - the right way."
"I hear the talk of inmates hoping to go home someday,
as I sit and listen I often feel the need to pray
From men who told me that your pain is temporary but your pride is forever
I am Antonio Evans, looking forward to doing better."
Is color really a beautiful thing?
We look at each other
And in those different colors we place the blame."
"A girl who walks by my side,
Head up, filled with pride
A girl who looks into my eyes
like she sees kings rising inside"
"You always hear that you should go to school and get an education, so you can become something, so you can acquire more knowledge, so you can be better. I have yet to hear someone say that you should go to school so that we, as a people, can become something, so that we as a people can acquire more knowledge, so that we as a people can be something better than we are."