- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the world too often underestimates young minority men.

The president is challenging a group of such youth to strive for success to change that narrative.

Obama spoke Monday to high school students who participated in the first White House Leadership and Mentorship Program.

The program included more than two dozen students from the Washington metro area. The event in the Blue Room honored the program’s nine graduating seniors - all heading to college.

Obama says he spent quite a bit of time with the students recently - joining their resume workshop, hosting them for lunch and playing basketball on the White House court. He says one student who wants to be attorney general spent a day job shadowing former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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