“Voice of the Young people”
What would your perfect male or female look like? Trey Songz, Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj were the answers the young adults at The Leon Sullivan building gave on a Saturday morning. Those are some of the people that today’s generation look up to. Concerned Black Men, myself & a few others, were given the opportunity to participate in a mini presentation workshop for Mothers In Charge called “Chop It Up”. The phrase “chop it up” simply means to converse or to have a conversation with someone. “Chop It Up” was an opportunity for me to advocate to the many young folks affected by violence, while also encouraging and motivating them. Although, this wasn’t my first time talking to young adults, I must admit, I was a bit nervous.
I take a lot of pride in community affairs as a young gentleman because I feel as though kids can enjoy my story and relate to me because of our age similarities. Receiving advice from my peers was not an option for me while growing up; it was always someone much older. The main message I wanted to get across was to be yourself and get your education. Also, showing and telling them the things that I have accomplished as well as the struggles I have encountered. – K.R.T.
A King’s advice to young adults:
- Take school seriously
- Get a job: There is nothing wrong working at McDonald’s
- Save your money while still living with your parents
- Dressing a certain way you will be approach a certain way
- Carry yourself with respect
- Pull your pants up
- If your going to get tattoos avoid face/hands
- Dress appropriately
- Build a relationship with your parents or a older person
- Stay away from reality Tv