Before I became involved with the Fulfillment Fund, I had low self-esteem and had fallen into a trap of peer pressure that caused me to cut classes and shoplift when I was in middle school.
After one of my school counselors referred me to the Fulfillment Fund, I attended the Scholars Day luncheon and realized that I was not alone and others who had similar experiences went on to have successful lives. That Scholars Day luncheon and the constant follow-up that I received from the Fulfillment Fund helped me deal with my self-esteem issues.
As a result, I became a more focused student and went from a low C average student in middle school to an A student in high school.
I went to UCLA and graduated with a Political Science Degree. While I was a UCLA student, the Fulfillment Fund provided mentors to me through the new internship program. Through the internships, I was exposed to a corporate environment for the first time in my life and met great corporate mentors along the way.
After UCLA, I graduated from Duke University School of Law and I am now a Partner at a law firm. To this day, I still seek the advice and counsel from the mentors I met through the Fulfillment Fund internship program and I use the lessons that I learned through the internships to help me today.
I would not have become a Partner at a major law firm without the Fulfillment Fund's guidance.
Keith Barnett is a Partner at Sutherland, a major law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of UCLA and Duke University School of Law, he focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation and securities enforcement, and has also litigated jury and bench trials in state and federal courts against individuals and companies.