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Fri Jul 19, 2013, 08:06 PM

5. When I lived in NJ

I was part of a volunteer movement called "Youth At Risk." I started out as administrative support and ended up as a coach because I couldn't help engaging with the kids. Our participants were primarily black and Hispanic, I think there was one white kid.

I volunteered because I thought of myself as having been a youth at risk at one time and I felt I could understand where young kids were coming from.

When I moved to Florida I wanted to find a similar program to volunteer for. Lord knows we need one in Florida, particularly in St. Petersburg. I found absolutely nothing.

Here I am, dying to help, wanting to change the way people see themselves, and there is nothing -- unless I start it myself.

I do think we need to start looking hard at the way we treat young black men. I think we need to learn as a community how to support them. That was the part of the President's speech that I valued the most.

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