JACKSON, Miss.–The Go Hard Youth Summit put on by the Mississippi Department of Education was held Tuesday at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson and aimed at keeping your kids in school.
The word “hard” is actually an acronym for “Heart. Attitude. Resilience. Dedication.” according to summit spokeswoman Toni Kersh.
“Just because you’re on a path right now that might not be the right path, all you have to do it take that one turn on get on the right path and graduate,” said Kersh.
Hundreds of kids were able to hear several motivational speakers ranging from former gang leaders to current lawyers that spoke about their troubled past.
The overall theme was that no matter what you face, you can overcome those obstacles to be successful.
“I’m going to be telling the kids today that they all have a special gift and I’ll be pushing for them to find that gift they have and use it,” said motivational speaker Shaun Derik who spoke of his trouble background and how he overcame it with his love of music.
It was noted that around 17% of kids in Mississippi that enter the 9th grade will drop out before they graduate.