John Adams High School “Rebels” has partnered with the Values-In Action Foundation, Project Love Program to collectively work toward positively changing student behavior through social and emotional learning. According to their website, Project Love serve students Grades K-12 and through workshops and seminars, has trained over 108,000 teens and 3,000 educators in over 170 schools to lead with kindness, caring and respect.
On January 10, 2018, John Adams Rebels and Project Love, invited one of the 2018 Rescuer of Humanity Award honorees, Jameel Davis to perform one of his original poems, I Don’t Deserve To Be Shot Down, and to speak briefly to the students about winning in life, during an all-school assembly. I Don’t Deserve To Be Shot Down is a poem that shares in detail the experiences of those who have lived and who currently live in poverty dominated communities, plagued by violence, and the obstacles that stand in the way of people in those communities becoming someone great.
I Don’t Deserve To Be Shot Down means, I shouldn’t be gunned down nor shutout from opportunities, because you don’t know my story. You don’t know where I’m from or what I’ve been through, says Jameel Davis.
Maurice W. Newman, journalist, media expert and Project Love Program Facilitator, has grown to know the exceptional young author over the years and delivered a sensational introduction of Jameel Davis to the students and staff at John Adams High School. See video of event here: