What have I given to STEP? I hope that the students were able to confide in me and feel a sense of comfort. I hope that I changed the minds, the attitudes of some of the students. I made it a point with the gentlemen that it was ladies first, regardless of the situation. I hope I got the point across that, the minute they “mess up” and do something “foolish” that it’s their fault because they’ll be seen as the more aggressive, bigger, savages in today’s society. I hope I implanted a seed in their mind, that when they want to talk to a girl, or want to engage in certain activities, that they do it in a proper way, in a respectful way, so that they don’t end up in a bad situation that threatens their freedom for the rest of their lives.
I kept it real with STEP and they reciprocated. These are young men and women and more than likely, they’ll be leading us “older” folks in a few years. I didn’t try to sugarcoat things; they’re way too intelligent for that. STEP has a piece of my heart. I’ll always have a soft spot there for all whom I encountered. I hope nothing but the best for the students, for the staff, for my colleagues, and for the administration. As I graduate, and move on in life, I hope the values and wisdom I passed on to others, may continue. I am optimistic about the future of the program and the future of the kids and I know that when all is said and done, despite what anyone who’s not in the program might say or think...... we’ll be alright.