Finding a teacher who inspires, understands and fully connects is not easy for minority high school students
Growing up in New Rochelle in the suburbs of the New York City, John Burns saw his community as less diverse than divided.
"You have a very rich north side, mostly white," Burns said, "and then on the south side you have the lower-income families, mostly minorities."
This split carried over to the high school. Burns, 20, says that New Rochelle High School, his alma mater, might as well have been two different schools sharing a cafeteria and a football field.