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YouTube Interview with Yassir Payne

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    >> We're going right to the
    street corners to get this data.
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    Right? And what are we finding?
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    We're finding in our interviews, we're
    finding from our surveys, that the very people
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    that are dropping out, that are arguing not to
    want and valuing education are the very people
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    in overwhelming numbers, at least from our
    research, that want to be adequately educated.
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    I'm talking about guys on
    the street selling drugs.
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    They actually want to go to school, they want
    to go to college, they want to go to a place
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    where they feel that they're respected,
    they want to go to a place where they feel
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    that they're nurtured, where
    they feel that they're loved.
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    Right? Many of the children are coming from
    homes that are, you know, rife with all kinds
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    of issues, so they make sure if we're hungry,
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    they make sure if we're wearing the same
    thing a second or a third day in a row.
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    I think many of the children are grappling,
    particularly the boys are grappling with issues
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    around school violence, or
    other street activities
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    that are taking place within
    a school environment.
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    I think, I think many of the children are
    actually not being prepared to graduate,
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    not only high school, but
    also to enroll in college.
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    And when you take home those
    kinds of experiences, you know,
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    it keeps me up at night,
    I'll be honest with you.
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    Lots of night sweats, you know, I have trouble
    going to sleep at night, sometimes carrying some
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    of these stories, you know, to
    interview a father and talk about,
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    and hear him talk about what it means to
    be a father and lose your son, you know,
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    and to have an older man break down in front
    of you, or have a mother break down in front
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    of you, you know, we've got all of this stuff.
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    You know? We've heard all these stories.
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    To be there with a young man, an adult,
    you know, in his 20s, and for him to break
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    down crying in front of you
    because he doesn't have a job
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    or he knows he can't support his
    children in the way that he wants to.
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    But when I'm actually on the ground walking
    through the communities, block to block,
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    really speaking with some of those guys
    that's really out there doing X, Y and Z,
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    one of the things they really
    want me to understand and capture
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    through this project is also the
    community, the love that's in
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    or amongst street life oriented
    community, communities,
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    which is inside a larger [inaudible] community.
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    But oftentimes these guys are involved with
    caring for loved ones, siblings, in addition to,
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    you know, elders, parents, grandmothers,
    uncles, aunts, oftentimes, you know,
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    they play a real role with respect to
    organizing these communities, you know,
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    getting them out to events, you know, promoting
    certain positive things throughout the scope
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    of a south bridge or an east side, oftentimes,
    you know, and not to say it's necessarily right
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    or wrong, but we may see some of these young
    men paying rent for grandma, for auntie,
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    for the young lady, or the older
    lady who may be, who may have two
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    or three kids under her direction.
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    We oftentimes see them buying
    bookbags for the children.
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    And at the end of the day,
    very little change is created.
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    Not until we're able to create a scenario
    where children can be fed properly,
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    where children can be housed properly, where
    children can actually be educated properly,
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    will we really have an opportunity to
    see the change that we all want to see.
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    2009, three years before we had one male from
    this community that graduated from high school.
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    Jeez, that's crazy.
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    How did we even let it get that bad, you know?
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    So, I vowed, you know, [inaudible]
    to kind of reverse these conditions.
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    But I vowed to be here, you know, throughout
    the duration of my life doing any and everything
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    to make sure that these stories
    and these voices get
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    out to the people that need to hear about them.
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YouTube Interview with Yassir Payne
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English (United States)
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04:26

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