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Come back everybody you know for many young people growing up in neighborhoods where drugs gangs and crime run deep.
It can mean a life where if you find the courage an encouragement to believe in their dreams.
Well the first annual sunlight rising star award honors teens who are beating the odds.
It's an effort to help young people overcome incredible challenges paving the way for a college diploma.
Tennis superstar Venus Williams is if he has secret today's big event -- joining us.
Along with Priscilla -- on Sunday who is objective of the 50000 dollars sun life financial rising star award.
Thanks to both of you for joining us today great to have you here.
Thank -- -- -- to begin with you why has this been so important for you to reach out to young people who are facing tough challenges -- are.
Having a tough time believing that they can achieve their dreams.
Well I've had a lot of experiences in my life on the cordon off the court and I myself -- from at risk neighborhood -- from Compton California so.
I understand a lot of challenges that young people are facing.
And I'm so proud of this that persona it's nice to meet -- she's -- -- -- major in psychology.
It's not really looking forward to thank you to know her more today and also to to helping out with sunlight and the rising stars award.
-- -- -- if you're really gonna be speaking from the heart when you address.
The young people that you speak to later today.
Yes often these kids are discouraged even an elementary and high school by their own teachers who tell them that the dream of a college education -- something they can even.
It's not just bad message to send these people don't you think -- you know you've been there.
Am absolutely have -- -- these days and that I was fortunate to have parents and sisters -- mentioned supportive and not everyone has that.
And even school systems these things it's not always easy get the encouragement that's why it's so important to have role models outside of that and people in the community and also companies like sun life who really make it possible for people they have their dreams come -- -- And it is so important it's be able to get back -- community epic way like.
Like us that Mike -- that's really great.
Persist for -- -- -- you wrote an essay describing what it's been like for you growing up in a neighborhood that's been very tough yet you've -- a way to believe that you could make it.
How did you do that what gave you the courage and determination to go forward.
Well my friends and always coming did.
-- -- my dreams and I -- violent content to sit.
And after school program and my community and they help me do elementary middle school in high school and so I.
Was able to apply to college and magnetic -- -- so.
-- -- -- -- -- That's really great and I know that you must be excited about going on -- college -- the big award for you.
Venus what do you hope young people come away with a message that your bank delivered today they know you obviously as an amazing.
Actually they know that you are absolutely phenomenal out there.
On -- tennis or -- but I know that.
Hearing from you will be very positive and very special what is that you want them to know.
We'll we can't heart.
So I have a lot of fun when I talked to young people and I think it becomes worth of dialogue that I like to share.
Things that I learned in my life about winning and losing and success and failure about giving back to the community is prepared started -- in an early age.
But learn how to make decisions and setting goals and that's the plan and at the end it off and that they have fun once -- That's great.
Venus for so I think you so much for joining us today wish you all the best and again we're very proud of you Priscilla for.
Doing so well and I know that you're on to bigger and better things.
Thanks so much for joining us and thank you thank you all the best.
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