Do you want to be surrounded by a pride of lions or bobbing your head among chickens?
Success and avoiding trouble can come down to the company you keep, Jill Jordan Greene told dozens of teens Thursday evening at McMillen Community Center. The minority students, all of whom earned a 2.7 or higher grade-point average on a 4-point scale, received certificates at the Fort Wayne Urban League National Achievers Society induction ceremony.
Greene, CEO of the People Resource Group, spoke to the students and their parents about her experiences and choices to avoid the wrong people and bad situations.
Passivity won't lead to success.
“Always ask for what you want,” Greene said.
That's how she built her career, calling a local TV station and later a radio station to get auditions for internships.
Greene asked the students what careers they wanted.
“A chemical engineer,” said Tabrasia White, an eighth-grader at Memorial Park.
Jordan McClung, a Northrop High School sophomore, wants to go into advertising.
Two boys in the crowd hope to become forensic scientists.
Jayla Fikes, another Memorial Park eighth-grader, plans to become a lawyer.
Another girl wants to be an FBI special agent.
Greene asked for their contact information because she either knew someone in those fields or “knows somebody who knows somebody who'll know somebody.”
“You've got to be a lion,” Greene challenged them before asking them all to stand in a circle and hold hands.
The students then were each called up to receive a certificate. Some of the students participate in Urban League's programs, while others' names were contributed by area schools when contacted by the agency, said Jonathan Ray, Urban League president/CEO. Seventy-one students were honored.