John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars: First Workshop

John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars: First Workshop

On July 01, 2015, the John Hancock’s MLK Summer Scholars program had their first of four workshops for their 2015 curriculum at the Boston University Agganis Arena. The workshops allow teens and college students to explore their educational and employment paths while they  learn about social responsibility, leadership development, and civic involvement. Presently, seventeen Urban Scholar students attend these workshops as part of their internship requirements.

The first workshop began with a selfie challenge, which my friend, Takora, and I won. The event continued with a speech from general assignment reporter for WBZ-TV News, Paul Burton, who spoke about injustice. He said, “In life there are all types of messes and trials but you have to move forward.” Students cheered on his positive message with applause, and got the chance to ask him few questions such as, “ What was [his] biggest fear?”

Students appeared motivated and inspired by Burton’s speech as they engaged with him and all of the activities at the workshop. The event concluded with a discussion about the United States’ Constitution, and its evolution over time. Overall, the first workshop was a success. It was a pleasure to be a part of it, and to cover the program as well.