October 9, 2007
Albany -- The Turner Job Corps gospel choir is headed to Washington, D.C. to perform during a national leadership conference. And the song has special meaning to the students who sing it.
You see, the man who wrote it was a counselor at Turner who died earlier this year.
"We feel this song every time we sing it because it's what we're all about," said Student Monieka Veal.
"I just feel like God brought me here for a reason. I really do." says student Henry Holder.
"We want to be able to come together as Job Corps to discuss how we can better lead our students into a successful life," said Choir Director Sheila Jones.
Student Henry Holder said, "It's just a chance to start my life over again because before here I was going in the wrong path, but since I've been here, I've reaped the benefits and I'm becoming successful and really becoming a man like I wanted to be."
"They are given a chance and an opportunity to succeed and be all they can be," said Veal.
"Up with Job Corps" was written by the late Vincent Hall. The gospel choir leaves for Washington on Sunday.