Where Talks Not Cheap, But Full of Riches

February 14, 2012 – In The News
Philadelphia Daily News

Marilou Watson was featured in an article focusing on the speaker series she helped to establish at Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School.

After seeing a North Philadelphia high school featured in the PBS documentary "Too Important to Fail," Watson decided to contact the school and see if she could help start a mentorship program for students.

"One of the things one of the commentators was saying is that . . . students need to see professionals that look like them so they can have people to model after," Watson said. "So I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, I would love to meet this principal and help him find these people that would come in and talk with students!' "

Watson, a student of the Philadelphia public school system, credits her success to older generations that inspired her as a former student.

"I was a direct beneficiary of people in older generations who wanted to do exactly the same thing, and did for many students . . . that came from the less-advantaged areas of the city, so I certainly recognize what a tremendous impact that had on my life," Watson said.

After reaching out to colleagues and friends, Watson said she was overwhelmed with responses from those that were willing to help.

"I certainly couldn't pull it off without participation of many people interested in making a difference as well."

Promise Academy at Martin Luther King High School now hosts speaker series every Wednesday.

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