Feeling the confidence of students being informed, DYF students were escorted to Commissioner Phillips office where he shared his nuggets of justice, practice, and life lessons. What I appreciated most was Commissioner Phillips ability to inform college scholars that success is intentional; the ingredients of success include passion, talent, and hard work.
Having the ability to work with such a prestigious figure, the past ten years, I thank Commissioner Phillips, for sharing his personal story. It’s not easy sharing the decisions we make to grow and learn from to be leaders, today. It was humbling for students, who already work hard, to hear Commissioner Phillips speak on the correlation between effort and reward as well as bad decisions and good decisions. By allowing students to see theories in practice, at the courthouse, and allowing them to learn from a leader, from their community, I feel, they received the learning push to assert themselves through education. As an educator and criminal justice professional, I feel confident in this practice to help each individual student see how they can shape the world, they desire, through their education and service.