Dear Chat Daddy, I’m an inner-city youth counselor for a local public high school. I’m writing you because I’m so disheartened with the way that today’s teens think about life and what they want to do when they get older.
Dear Chat Daddy,
I’m an inner-city youth counselor for a local public high school. I’m writing you because I’m so disheartened with the way that today’s teens think about life and what they want to do when they get older. Every day at work, I feel so hopeless when trying to deal with my own race of people. When I invite the teens into my office to talk about their future, (college, trade schools or employment) they all have the same ideas and thoughts about what they want to be when they become adults. Most of them respond that they want to be rappers, ball players or video girls. Very few say that they want to do anything positive or have any ambitions of dreaming higher or bigger with their lives. Chat Daddy, what has gone wrong with our youth today? Can you share some of your advice?
-Uh, I Don’t Know
Dear Uh, I Don’t Know,
Great letter. I can feel your frustration and pain because so many of our inner city teens have only seen those images as success within our communities. Sad, but true, today’s pop culture has changed the course in which we think of ourselves as successful. Long gone are the days of having hard work, getting a good education and sticking with perseverance as a way to survive. Mass media like TV, movies and music has played a tremendous part in showing our youth that glitz, glamour and dysfunction is the only way to live. Keep the faith and don’t beat up on yourself because they won’t receive and accept the valuable information that you’re offering to them. Here’s to our younger generation being transformed into people of positive recognition and self-fulfillment for all the right reasons. Be encouraged.
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