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Hakim

Age 15, South LA

My far out dream for myself is to live on the moon. Or to be an artist or an astronomer. But right now, there aren’t programs in my community that tackle extra-curricular interests, like astronomy and marine biology and not enough funding for community youth centers.

Youth development means unity, because it takes a community to make change.

But I also see myself becoming an extreme activist, going on the road from city to city, to get people to wake up and realize how bad the system is. Community Coalition has helped spark activism amongst my peers, has encouraged them to protest things that aren’t right, and has shown them that the system is whack.

I’m a modern-day hippie who loves peace and nature.

Youth around me are facing a lot of mental health issues and domestic abuse, and we need more suicide prevention programs and improved counseling services. We need to improve health equity programs, like those that teach students how to live and cope with a lot of stress.

Youth development is a step towards equity and equality.

I’m passionate about making sure that youth that come after me make it in life and live happy lives full of knowledge, not ignorance.

Youth should be able to make it in life and live happy lives full of knowledge, not ignorance.

It’s important to have youth development because it can be a step towards equity and equality.

Youth around me are facing mental health issues and domestic abuse.

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