Obama called on Americans to “reach higher”:
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher.
Obama told the nation why STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) matters:
We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure -- our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
The Philly Phresh Start Project intends to answer Obama’s call. We will empower underrepresented minorities to reach for their star.
In doing so, we will help black youth complete their journey to a brighter future.