Our Precious Children

I was driving around Oakland last week and I noticed several teenagers hanging out on the streets. I wanted to stop and talk with them, but I wasn’t brave enough to do so. They were all boys around the age of 15-17. When I slowed down, contemplating whether I could actually have a conversation with them I noticed how they each looked at me with no expression. There was no curiosity, anger, fear, interest, humor or any noticeable emotion visible.

Do you remember when you were a teenager? I remember watching my two brothers when I came home to visit. They were never still. They were in action every minute of the day. They were loud, full of energy and life. They were fun to observe and to be around. Especially Tony. He would make it a point to be funny and turn my visits into a pleasant experience.

Can you imagine young boys being bored, lifeless and disinterested in life?

How could it be acceptable that we allow our most precious resources, our children,to be disinterested in life in general?

When children have no hope, they have no interest in life in general. They tend to ge into trouble, find belonging to a group a matter of survival.

There will never be enough people out there encouraging our children to find hope in their lives. Find a way to generate situations where you can make a difference for them.

About Sharyn

As founder of UBU I found my inspiration from my brother Tony who was a foster child, then adopted by my parents when he was five. After listening to his stories about the treatment he received while in the homes I began to think of what it was like for him as well as the thousands of other kids. I decided to start the school after Tony passed on in 2008. It is my tribute to him and all that he did for me. Of all the things I've done in my life, this is the one thing that truly makes me feel like I'm finally on the right path.
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