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Sean’s Story: One New Orleans Senior Struggles to Graduate

In first-period English class, a girl said she was tired. The teacher said she was, too. Several students put their heads on their desks and fell asleep.

Not Sean. He immediately took out his textbook, dictionary and folder. He took neat notes. He raised his hand to speak. This nice young man was determined to get back on track from the expulsion school.

Sean shared his story because he wants to be a role model. His goals are few, simple and hard: To graduate from high school. To graduate from college. To support his family. To be the inspiration he never had.

What can one young black man’s perseverance accomplish in a city where a majority of black men didn’t have a job in 2011 and less than one fifth earned any kind of college degree, and where the threat of violence never ends?