PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several judges and a few other notable community members were at Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia Tuesday morning as part of a program to help seniors apply to college and work towards a career.
This is the third year that members of the Clifford Scott Green Judicial Council have mentored students in Philadelphia high schools.
In addition to helping them fill out college applications, the mentors discussed loan and scholarship opportunities, and related personal experiences.
Municipal Court Judge Karen Jones says that last part can be the most important, showing students that many of the mentors came from a similar background.
“And that you can do anything. You don’t have to grow up in some rich family where you have judges or lawyers, but that anybody can go to college and everybody should go to college.”
District Attorney Seth Williams even talked about his own struggles with education after high school, and the importance of not giving up when times get tough.
“For every success I’ve had I’ve probably had five or ten failures. The lesson is to not give up, to keep trying.”
Lessons that seemed to resonate with most students in the session.