High School Students Advised to Dream Big
Local leaders in the community joined City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey in discussions about becoming empowered citizens. High school students from Landry-Walker, Algiers Technology Academy, and Edna Karr were in attendance to hear successful men and women discuss how they got to where they are and the obstacles they overcame to achieve their goals.
In order to provide a more intimate and impactful experience, male and female students were addressed separately. After the seminars, female ATA students agreed they were most impacted by stories from a high school graduate who experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, but was able to persevere and is now maintaining a 3.0 in college. A common message across all the discussions for the day was “your current situation does not define you; don’t be afraid to choose a different path.” Honorable Keva Landrum-Johnson advised students to “push through the fear.” She stated that you cannot be afraid to go further than you have before.
Across the hall, the young men were addressed about their civic duties. Dr. Sialas Lee pointed out how important voting is for young adults. He drove the point if you do not vote, someone else will make a decision for you.
Following the panel discussions, students were invited to a job fair, where several vendors were set up. Along with CVS, Pizza Hut, and T.J. Maxx, the U.S Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marines were prepared to educate students on a few of their options. Employers were prepared to answer questions, help with resumes, and accept applications on the spot.