May 11, 2012 5:34 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton told a group of graduating high school students in New Orleans that the future of the recovering city and the country is in their hands.
Clinton was the keynote speaker at Thursday's ceremony recognizing the first graduating class of the New Orleans branch of College Track, a national after-school program that helps students from low-income communities make it to college.
Before the ceremony, the 37 students met with Clinton, a longtime supporter of the program.
Clinton says the city's and country's future is riding on whether young people from low-income backgrounds can reverse negative trends plaguing them. He told the students, who all graduate from their high schools later this month, that they must do their part and that can happen by going to college.