Back in 2008, Brandon Hill was a teenager who felt that his life had no real direction. But on November 4, 2008, that all changed. On that day, amid chants of “YES WE CAN!”, Barack Obama became the first African-American president in America’s history. Seeing how Obama had overcome the obstacles in his life to rise to ultimate success as the President of the United States, Brandon felt inspired like he never had before.
From that day on, Brandon lived life differently. He began to excel in school and take on leadership roles. He also began helping those he saw in need. One area in which he saw a great need was with his peers, other students like himself who struggled to find their place. So Brandon founded a group at his high school called The Brotherhood. This group consists of students who have bonded together to work toward greatness in their lives. They focus on four founding principles – utility, honor, character, and excellence – and have already found success as they work together to make their lives the best they can be!
This video tells just what The Brotherhood is all about.
- Here is Brandon’s website, where you can learn lots more about him and The Brotherhood!
- Here is another website where you can learn about Brandon and the amazing path he is taking toward greatness!
Topics for Discussion:
- Why was the election of President Obama so inspirational to Brandon?
- What greatness do you hope to someday achieve?
- Today, take one of the principles of The Brotherhood – utility, honor, character, or excellence – and put it to work in your life!
- Visit the College Success Foundation website to learn how you can help underserved kids succeed in school!
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.