Empowering Young Men of Color
- Equality’s impact on inner-city youth
- College and Career pathways
- Overcoming societal challenges
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. The picture above is a testament to this old saying. Featured above is Scholar Deuntae Robinson embracing High School Principal and mentor, Favrol Philemy. Read below for an interview between Deuntae and Errol Olton, Director of Adult Education, about his journey at Equality Charter School.
How long have you been with Equality?
I’ve been with Equality since 8th grade. When I first started it was rough, I came from a really tough school where there were fights every day and my grades were not the best. My mom transferred me to Equality Middle School. The teachers put a lot of pressure on me to do good and I knew I had to impress my little sister. So, I decided to turn things around.
What’s one of your favorite highlights from your senior year?
This year I enrolled in the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) program with Mr. Perez. I had a chance to shadow his work and quickly learned a lot of new information. Through that experience we learned information on welding, wiring, and the basics of building a house. I’m happy because I’m building a dollhouse for my little sister. I’m also excited to earn a check through the program!
After 5 years with Equality, what’s next on the horizons for you?
I’m heading into a trade school to further my learning in welding and construction. It feels good to find something I’m passionate about and can make a living on. I feel like now I have a clearer view of what I want to do in life. I will miss the staff because they love and care about me. I will always remember to dream big and carry on.
Article originally featured on Equality Charter School News Page (link to page)