Ten students will receive assistance this year in enhancing their opportunities in life and creating career goals.
“All of you guys have potential,” Ike Amison of 100 Men of Lorain County told students participating in Oberlin High School’s new program.
Superintendent David Hall brought the 100 Men program to Oberlin after seeing how successful it was at his previous school district, the Lorain City Schools. He believes this program will help students be prepared for life after leaving the halls of Oberlin.
OHS principal William Baylis decided to offer the program to students in ninth through 12th grade because he wanted a diverse group of kids and to have students who are role models.
Teens met Thursday for the first time and will continue to meet once a month with a different speaker who will talk about life, careers, school work, and answer questions about jobs.
Amison said if the students listen to speakers they will learn: “It’s all about success.”
Student were asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. Some were not sure and others wanted to pursue careers in sports management, training, or forensic science.
Amison assured the high school students it is OK to be undecided at this point about major life decisions and to change your career throughout your life: “You’ve got to be diverse,” he said.
“Don’t be afraid of failure,” Amison said. If you learn from your mistakes, “You will be successful,” he said.
Amison said it’s important to remember it’s about what you want to be. “It’s about what’s in your heart,” he said. “Do something you love to do.”
Students were encouraged to research possible careers and if they want to learn more, Amison will try to schedule a speaker with a related career.
Elijah Frazier, founder and creator of Hybrid Global, told OHS students they can do anything they want to do.
“When you start to prove things, people will respect you,” he said.
Attend school, sit in the front of the class, take notes, and pass the test, Frazier said. “Play the game and win.”
“You’re going to be successful no matter what, as long as you stay focused,” he said.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
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Ike Amison of 100 Men of Lorain County talks to students about what type of careers they want to pursue.