FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Students at the Whiddon-Rogers Education Center in Fort Lauderdale heard from the parents of Trayvon Martin on Wednesday during a panel discussion on the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

The theme of the forum was "Together We Can Make a Difference," which focused on creating a dialogue about youth, race, justice, and preventing violent confrontations.

Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton spoke to the students in person, while Tracy Martin spoke via speakerphone. In their opening remarks, the two focused mainly on education.

Fulton and Martin not only emphasized the importance of learning and getting a college degree, but also about learning about your rights and laws. Several elected officials, community leaders, activists and members of the law enforcement community were also present at the forum and they took questions from several students.