the state of Maryland faces that mirror other major cities across the country. According to Edwards, in speaking with youth offenders in prison, she found that the majority of them grew up experiencing violence in the home. Mayor Rawlings-Blake expressed that the issues that ham-per young people begin with their mindset after dealing with blight, dis-investment and neglected neighbor-hoods. “What I find troublesome is the lack of humanity with our young black men,” said Rawlings-Blake. “In so many ways they are being told they are worthless. They are starting to believe it.” The panel also answered ques-tions from Google Hangouts that allowed citizens in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and New York to participate remotely. With increased violence in their cities as well, Google hangouts participants sought advice from the panelists on how to reduce crime in their own cities, increase economic opportunities in commu-nities s DELTA SGIMA THETA SORORITY, INC. with limited financial support, education reform and creating more Afrocentric curriculums to build self-esteem in the youth. Advice for the Youth and Necessary Next Steps Mayor Nutter put the responsi-bility of the necessary changes that need to be seen in our youth on all citizens in African-American commu-nity. He suggested that it is a myth that people who are unemployed or have previous criminal records do not desire to work. “When individu-als reenter society or enter the world of work, the community should be prepared to embrace them, not con-tinue to block their advancement,” he said. “Any success that I’ve had, I’ve always had a mentor. Kids listen to what we say and watch what we do. Share your story and let them know how you came from point A to point B.” He also tasked the youth in the audience with some stern advice. “Have a mentality of being ready to work – show up, be on time, don’t curse your boss out on the second day, and get a mentor. I always say, ‘Come early and stay late,’” said Nutter. Nutter also advised young peo-ple to go into public service. “You have the opportunity every day to do something positive in your com-munity. That has its own reward.” s Town hall meeting during the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. PHOTO COURTE SY OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION , INC.
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