“I didn’t fall randomly into this field, working with over-age, under-credited students in an alternative environment. It’s my calling. It’s my particular bent in life. These are the students I’m most interested in. I don’t want to be a revolutionary, because that means you come back to your starting place. I want to be an evolutionary and a trailblazer.

“I measure the impact of my work through smiles and laughter. We’re breaking down the façade of toughness. That’s what makes OPP special because—it’s going to sound scripted, but it’s the whole YOUTH FIRST aspect.” – Rodney Powell, Principal of OPPortunity Academy.

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