Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles I want our young people to know that they matter that they belong so don't be afraid you hear me, young people don't be afraid be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education With a lot of hard work and a good education anything is possible And when you encounter obstacles because I guarantee you you will, and many of you already have When you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember the power of hope The belief that something better is always possible if you're willing to work for it and fight for it. Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream regardless of the limitations that others may place on us. The hope that when people see us for who we truly are maybe just maybe, they too will be inspired to rise to their best possible selves You need to prepare yourself to be informed, and that means getting the best education possible, so you can think critically so you can express yourself clearly so you can get a good job and support yourself and your family. So you can be a positive force in your communities You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage instead it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages And I know that because I've seen it myself In that role I encountered students who had every advantage. Their parents paid their full tuition they lived in beautiful campus dorms they had every material possession a college kid could want cars, computers, spending money. But when some of them got their first bad grade they just fell apart. They lost it Because they were ill-equipped to handle their first encounter with disappointment or falling short life will put many obstacles in your path that are far worse than a bad grade You'll have unreasonable bosses difficult clients and patients you'll experience illnesses and losses crises and setbacks that will come out of nowhere and knock you off your feet but unlike so many other young people you have already developed the resilience and the maturity that you need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep moving through the pain!