Kristen Bennett, Kathy Kang and other volunteers with Youth On Their Own – or YOTO – subscribe to the philosophy embraced by American educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune: “Invest in the human soul. It might be a diamond in the rough.”

“We think the students are diamonds in the rough – they are in a rough patch in their lives, but what you don’t see inside is that they are truly very special like diamonds before they are cut. That is why we chose ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ as the theme for Talk of the Town,” Kang said.

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