Seniors at School of the Future had the privilege of having a guest celebrity speaker come in and talk to them about the importance of setting life goals and turning their dreams into realities. Kevin Savage, who is as an actor and model, encouraged the Future seniors to not only think about their dreams and life goals, but to chase them as well. He spoke about the steps it will take to attain their dreams and life goals, the adversities they will face, and the lessons they will learn along the way. He told his story, which is one that so many students are silently going through.
Through his story, he showed students that even with the odds stacked against him, he persevered. Like most students from School of the Future, Kevin was born in West Philadelphia, and he graduated from West Philadelphia High School. So, although he is an outsider to Future, he isn’t an outsider to the students. He connected with them so well – he understands their plights and struggles. It was amazing to see the seniors engaged, attentive, and enthralled in Kevin’s speech.
The fact that students wanted to stay after school on a Friday afternoon to talk with Kevin showed the impact his speech had on them. What made the day even cooler was that Kevin took time to watch and critique a student who wants to be an actor. The student was brave enough to perform in front of Kevin, and even braver to accept criticism from a professional actor, who is on the hit TV show The Quad on BET. Kevin even reenacted the improv! It was an honor for all of us to see his craft in person and boy, was he impressive!
– Shaquana Gantt, College and Career Ambassador at School of the Future