BROOKLYN - A program at Brookdale Hospital is helping Brownsville teens realize their potential and find the right path toward success.

The "I Matter Initiative" brought 100 minority students from four different neighborhood middle schools together for a discussion aimed at keeping them focused on their education and out of trouble.

Health professionals and community activists also offered advice on how to find opportunities in the health field, stressing that anyone can be successful, no matter where they come from.

Organizers say they chose Brookdale for the event because it's a place often associated with trauma, but they want students to see it as a place for learning.