I looked at my dad and asked in a small voice, “We can’t help her?”
Like most kids raised in the projects, my goal is to get out. But it’s not that easy.
The way it’s going, I’m afraid the hometown I recognize won’t be around much longer.
In my neighborhood, it’s easier to buy tobacco and alcohol than a pencil.
Youth UpRising has drafted petitions for two charter schools: Castlemont Primary Academy and Castlemont Junior Academy. The primary academy opens its doors next fall, and the other is pending school board approval.
Sitting on the steps in front of his apartment, 14-year-old Trevor Watson — the same kid from the after-school group at Castlemont — says the popping sounds of gunfire sometimes keep him up at night.
To deal with it, he tries to ignore it.
I feel like there is some truth to the fact that music influences how people behave in my neighborhood.