BROOKLYN - Educators and community activists are working to help young minority men in Brownsville and surrounding neighborhoods.

Medgar Evers College paired up with Mott Hall Bridges Academy to organize a panel discussion for young students. It is part of an effort called the "I Matter Initiative," which is intended to help people lead better lives and stay on successful paths.

Professionals spoke to the students about the importance of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Friday's panel was the fourth and final part of the initiative. Similar forums have been held over the past year, focusing on different goals for the future.