Dear Cleveland by Layah from Beaumont School

Dear Cleveland, I am a high school junior in the greater Cleveland area and I have lived here my entire life. During this time, I have seen so many people […]

April 17, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

I am a high school junior in the greater Cleveland area and I have lived here my entire life. During this time, I have seen so many people I love, hurt by what goes on daily in our streets. One of the largest problems I’ve had and notice in this community is youth involvement in positive and meaningful activates. I understand that Cleveland does offer programs for youth to succeed, but they don’t always work as originally planned. Youth don’t like to take part in these activates because of what happens every day in our community. We mind our business and keep to ourselves, but are harassed and stopped by police. We do amazing in our schools trying to be successful, but don’t have access to tools we need to get somewhere in this world. We aim to make a change by physically reaching out to those who are willing to help us, but we are shot in cold blood and for what? Is It because someone who has been graced with all of the opportunities that bless the world is afraid of having them taken away or entering their world? Wake up and listen to youth. Hear our cries for help. Stop letting us become statistics.

Sincerely,

Layah

Beaumont School