P.D. Jackson-Olin High School senior D'Ericka Willis is developing her public speaking skills through a program with The Birmingham Education Foundation. Program Manager Autumn Sanders Foster says that many of the students are taking the opportunity to tell personal stories that are "more vulnerable, more honest" than they're used to sharing.
D'Ericka is a prime example. Listen to her essay, "Finding My Own Way."
Produced by Amy Stiftel-Sedlis with Mary Quintas