Published On: Sun, Feb 22nd, 2009

An Educational Pledge by Alberto O. Cappas


In all the years I have been on the web…there is very little I have asked of my readers. Today I am going to ask you to do something, not for me but for some of the young people that you have in your lives. I want you to share the following "Educational Pledge" with them so that they can explore where there lives are going.

I recently found out that a young person related to a friend I went to high school with (who is now deceased) has lost their life as well in almost the same way. It is a tragedy for any parent to have to bury a child…imagine the grief of a mother losing her only two sons in the same way…just a few years apart.

I think about this and it just makes me think of all the good kids out there that are on the cusp of making decisions that will affect the rest of there lives. I think about all the kids that are already down that road that still can turn things around and all it may take is a moment of your time, letting them know that it really is up to them to take control…and it all starts with a commitment to respect themselves first and build a strong foundation that begins with an education.

I was once on a similar road, and thanks to my own self determination along with friends and family who loved me…I was able to pull away from the streets and have a beautiful life. In my journey, I saw many who did not have that same support system succumb to a different fate.

So  I am asking you   to share this in any way possible, print, email, hotlink, blog post or sit down with them at a computer and let them know that they deserve more…and maybe that will be what they need to make that change.

Thank you…

As I am,
George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

O. Cappas


Prep graduate, Class of 1966
Dedicated to our Children and Youth)

Educational Pledge

the book:
Never too late to make a U-Turn:
An Educational Pledge and 15 Questions
to Self-Development
For Students in the Public School System

pledge to maintain a
Healthy Mind and Body
Staying away from the Vice of drugs
I pledge always to try my Best to understand
The importance of Knowledge and Education
I pledge to paint a Positive picture of
where I plan to be in the future
Not allowing obstacles to stop the growth
of my Plans
I pledge to seek Answers to Questions,
With the understanding that they
Will lead to other discoveries
I pledge to work Firm
With the Awareness and Confidence
That firm work Today will serve
As the Seeds for my strong Tree tomorrow
A Tree that no one will be able to tear
I pledge to learn proper languages,
Beginning with my Mother's
Always prepared to Appreciate others
I pledge to gain a better understanding
of Me
By understanding my Cultural roots
I pledge to fully accept Me as a human
A Rainbow of many cultures and colors
I pledge to overcome any Personal misfortunes
Becoming Stronger from such misfortunes
Always striving to become
A wise person.

Teachers, Parents, & Students:
One cannot keep hope alive if no plan
of action is in place…
The perfect book for youth at risk…

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more info on Alberto O. CAPPAS visit

Alberto O Cappas: a graduate of Brendeis
High School, Harlem Prep School, and SUNY@
Buffalo. He has been widely published
in magazines, journals and is the author
of several collection of poems, including:
Echolalia: Verse & Vibration; Disintegration
of the Puerto Ricans; The Pledge: A Guide
for Everyday Living.

Alberto O. Cappa is also the Director
of Community Affairs for the New York
City Human Resoures Administration. A
very interesting characater to address
your students.

You can contact Mr. Alberto O. Cappas

The Educational Pledge Foundation
PO Box 378
New York
New York, New York 10276

An Educational Pledge by Alberto O. Cappas