Derek Talbott, a high school senior who lives with his mother in a single-room-occupancy residential hotel in the Mission District, works more than 30 hours a week. In this second installment, he shares exciting news about his future, and tells us about the ongoing challenges he faces.

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  1. Congrats on being accepted to Pomona College, Derek. I graduated from Pomona back in 1983 as combined photography and writing major. I hope you fulfill your dreams there. There are a lot of Pomona alumni in San Francisco if you have any questions!

  2. What a lovely video and inspiring young man! Congratulations, Derek. The world is excited to see who you’ll become.