Michael B. Jordan surprised high school students in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, to help mentor and inspire teens pursuing careers in the arts.
The Black Panther star returned to the classroom through a program sponsored by Coach — he serves as the brand’s new face of menswear.
Jordan said returning to school “inspired” him.
“To see these kids get up here and be fearless and just kind of, you know … just put themselves out there,” he told ABC News. “I got inspired again … I got the chills.”
The kids Jordan met with are in a program called the Future Project, which works to empower students through the arts.
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Man nothing makes me happier than giving back whether it be my time, talent, or treasure. Had a complete blast working with @dreamdirectors & @coach at Barringer HS in my hometown of Newark, NJ. (Saw so much of myself in these students) These kids are some of the most talented & brightest and that keeps me enthused about the future. Keep Dreaming PS: I use to give Barringer buckets back in the day while I was at Arts High 🙌🏾🏀😂
“Dreams are so important,” Jordan said. “The arts manifest those emotions. They manifest…those dreams.”
He added, “You cut the arts out, you’re cutting kids’ ability … to dream.”
Jordan said when he sees the students’ faces, he sees “the future.”
“Hopefully I’m going to give ’em a job in the next five, 10 years,” he added.
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