It's a true story of Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins. (You can read more about them at their website, HERE.)
Because the boys had intelligence going for them, they tested into University High where they got into trouble and did as little schoolwork as possible, until they heard a presentation by a representative from Seton Hall.
It is extraordinary that three boys from such dire circumstances could have the tenacity and courage to see their goals to the end. In the epilogue of their book, they share points that are applicable to many of us in situations where we are working towards a goal. I want to share them with you here:
- Join trustworthy friends who have the same goal.
- Find strength in your differences. Friends don't have to be alike to be a part of a pact.
- Believe in yourself and your friends.
- Compete in a healthy way. We learned from one anther and leaned on one another's strengths.
- Communicate openly, honestly, and often.
- Lean on your friends and allow them to lean on you. One of the main benefits of forming a pact with friends is that you have an automatic network of support.