President John F. Kennedy once said, “Some people ask why I ask why not.” These words are viewed as a challenge for students to put forth their best effort to follow class rules, complete home and classroom assignments, and listen to the instructions of school personnel. Students must be aware that there are many roadblocks on the learning path, for there are many challenges to overcome when one aims to receive an education. Challenges should be viewed as necessary struggles to achieve success. Frederick Douglass, a great African American orator, once said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Students who embrace the challenge of hard work and sacrifice usually view school as an ally in achieving their goals and objectives. In addition, committed students view education as a marathon experience rather than as a sprint experience, for they realize that education is a lifelong process and not a one-time experience. We say to the students across America that their personal choices will determine their destiny in life. Robert Kennedy, the brother of President Kennedy, said this about young people, “We do the things they do; we dance their dance, we dress their dress.” Mr. Kennedy acknowledged that Youth had been endowed with a tremendous amount of power and influence, for the impact of the youth culture is felt throughout the American way of life. I pray that all of the Youth who are in the process of getting an education will maximize their educational experience by taking advantage of all the educational opportunities offered at the schools they attend. The most valuable resources in the school system are called teachers, administrators, and volunteers. Students are encouraged to honor and respect those in positions of Authority within the system, and school officials are encouraged to be fair and objective in working with students from all cultures and backgrounds. In a post-Charleston and Ferguson era, positive role models are essential  Most psychologists agree that the first six years of a child’s life are when their mood and temperament are cultivated and developed. There is a saying, “A person’s attitude will determine their altitude in life.” This is why parents need to produce a caring, loving home environment. Children often mimic the mood and the behavior of their parents; therefore, parents need to speak and behave positively when interacting with children. When there is a balance of praise and constructive criticism in the early years of a child’s life, a spirit of confidence and self-worth is usually infused. Children are the future doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, barbers, mechanics, and rest home attendants; they are leaders in training. The next Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or Dr. Billy Graham may be residing in someone’s home. This is why parents need to be positive role models.