Hand in hand.
Walking to a place unknown.
Complaining to not go.
Through the open door, lie
so many little faces unknown.
All sitting on a carpet, starring.
Starring as I stand besides mom.
I look up at her and into her eyes,
as my eyes start to water.
I begin to cry.
A unknown lady walked forward.
Speaks in a language so unknown.
They all speak in the language unknown.
But a language I must learn.
She looked at me, pulled me toward
the carpet but I didn't let go of mom.
She asked mom to sit on a chair
in the back of the room.
I didn't want mom to go and
leave me with these unknown people.
But mom letted go and made me understand.
The lady pulled me to sit on the carpet again.
I went and sat down next to my mom's, friend son.
The lady spoke and the children answered her questions,
as I sat there quietly being unknown.
I looked back at mom but she told me to focus.
So I did. Listened and tried to understand the lady.
She went on and on about something I didn't even know.
But then came the fun part. She gave us books with pictures
to color in and some colorful pencils. I got busy.
Then I looked back.
I didn't see my mom.
Didn't know where she was.
Then I ran to the window.
Pushed my face so close.
Tears rolled down my small cheeks.
And there she was, outside.
Walking away from here and
leaving me in a place unknown.
Do go to school and get a really good education; so you can succeed in life.
Don't get below A's in report cards.
Do the right things.
Don't do the wrong things.
Do think before you say something.
Don't say and then think.
Do dress yourself in a nice way.
Don't dress this way.
Do make friends at school.
Don't talk to boys because we won't let you have him.
Do tell boys that you can't love them because your different.
Don't love someone out of your own race or religion.
Do listen to your family and have them first before falling for another.
Don't love any other men besides the one your family picks for you.
Do have a nice heart.
Don't build up a cruel heart.
Do smile everyday.
Don't make mistakes or break rules.
Do listen to your heart and have fun.
Don't forget to life
WITH ALL THESE DO'S AND DON'TS HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO FOLLOW THEM ALL AND NOT BREAK RULES!!
The instructor said,
Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you ---
Then, it will be true.
I'm sit here thinking, wondering how to fill up this page.
I'm a girl who's fifteen, born in Bangladesh but now living in Philly.
My parents moved here so my older siblings and I
could get a better education and succeed in life.
I went to Charles R. Drew and now in SLA.
Along the way I've made so many friends that have
changed my life in so many ways. Out of all my
friends there is one that completes my life every
second that I'm alive and means the world to me.
I can never thank them enough.
But for now I'll sit here and write:
On this path of life I have always had
ups and down but it hasn't all been bad.
I've had those crazy mood swings. I'll be
happy one second then maybe mad,
and then at night I might end up crying.
Call me crazy but cryings maybe the only
way I get my crazy fillings out. People
barley know about this because I hold it in
and stay strong. Their is one person
in my life that knows all their is to know
about me and like I said I'll never be able
to thank them enough.
From the outside I'm the type of girl thats
so happy, always telling jokes, smiling, laughing
and having the time of my life. Most of the time
I am that girl in every way but sometimes
deep inside I'm dying, my heart's broken
but not bleeding. I'm tired of crazy drama
but never of life because I have so much
planned for it. I act like everything is perfect
so for most I am one of the happiest girl they know.
And Some think that I have no problem and that my
life is completely perfect. I don't mind that at all because
I know whatever has happened in my past has made
me the girl I am now.
Someone has to really get to know me well enough,
in order to know the truths, before they can
know me and all that is hidden about me from the world.
And this is my paper for English B.
By. MONISHA DAS
This website gives you a over view of the rates of cost in colleges over the years.
This site talks about how the colleges are failing with their graduation rates. It mainly talks about the university of Massachusetts and how it’s rates have fallen over the years.
Interview with Kerina Hershfiled
In the interview we tried to talk about collage graduation rates and found out that they are very hard to calculate. They only just recently found out how to do that and only just recently put them up.
This cite has a graph showing the changing rate from 1940 to 2008. This is a useful visual source.
This source tells about how over time the graduation rates haven’t increased. IT explains how and why this might be.
What is your job and what do you do at your job?
I am a certified medical assistant and i work with children at the children hospital of philadelphia
How does your job benefit the welfare of children?
By keeping them healthy, making sure they get the correct vaccines they need for their age
Do the children you work with come from broken homes?
The majority of them do.
Are majority of the children’s household considered low income?
Yes the majority of them do, i would say 85% of them are low income and receive government insurance
Have you ever worked with upper class or middle families?
What are some struggles with your job?
Some of them do not have insurance and have to pay out of pocket, we have family planning that teens come in without any insurance getting tested for STD and pregnancies, and they are seen under government grant which pays for their testing.
What struggles do you help the families with?
We try to get them government insurance if they do not have insurance, we refer families to government offices so they can get some type of insurance, and we also have a program that is called charity care which is for single mothers that are low income and that have babies that need vaccines and their age starts from new born to 12 months.
Does your job have plans to fit “anybody’s” budget ?
Yes, we have a payment plan that if the costumer does not have all the money to pay at one time we will charge them every month or so at least $20 to assure that they pay off the plan or insurance needed.
For each class what kind of plans do they have?
Low income people that have government insurance have more benefits than those with private insurance or paying in cash because the government is paying for everything that they need to get checked on.
These questions were helpful because it was factual and actually a person view on things, like a person that sees different situations and stuff go on everyday making a difference to the poor and the rich. Also shows how it effects the poor and the rich, even because the person in this interview was and has been front row of it all.
AJ Houweling, Tanja. "Huge poor–rich inequalities in maternity care: an international comparative study of maternity and child care in developing countries." (October 2007): n. page. Print. <http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/85/10/06-038588/en/>.
This website and information on here helps tell how the money can be a problem for the women that are pregnant and can’t afford to give birth to their child, so it has a big impact on there lives and money, not giving them the same opportunities as the ones with money that can actually pay and have a child born without worrying bout the price.
"HUMAN ARCHITECTURE: JOURNAL OF THE SOCIOLOGY OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE." (Fall of 2002): n. page. Print. <http://www.okcir.com/Articles I 2/HAfall02p37-46.pdf>.
Poverty can be a big thing when it comes to being passed down generation to generation, it is shown that when it is being passed down every generation the food consumption and healthcare is more challenging to get and obtain because of the constant change in economy, and also government laws.
Jason, Howerton. "CALIF. TEACHERS UNION RELEASES CARTOON VIDEO FEATURING ‘THE RICH’ URINATING ON THE POOR." n. page. Print. <http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/04/calif-teachers-union-releases-cartoon-video-featuring-the-rich-urinating-on-the-poor/>.
This right here shows how the society of now in days shows the inequality of the poor and the rich, letting people know that the rich have more power and rights over the ones that make way more less money than they do. They show a picture of a rich person who seems to be peeing over the poor and middle class. The video says and shows how the rich only got richer because they evade taxes and use loopholes to hold onto their own money without having to ever worry about losing them. Which the poor cannot do because they do not have any money to begin with."Poverty - Consequences Of Poverty." n. page. Print. <http://social.jrank.org/pages/500/Poverty-Consequences-Poverty.html>.
This article titled “Philadelphia High School Dropouts And The Job Market: No Diploma, No Job” talks about a young women that is named Monica Reyes (That is her Online Name) and how she struggled to find a job because of her missing her high school diploma. In the article Monica reyes stated “Growing up in that neighborhood, I went through war”. She grew up in Kensington where she lived in a not so good neighborhood. After behind shot she grew afraid of the place she lives in. In 2011 Mayor Nutter made graduating high school a priority which increased graduation rates a little bit above 60%.
This article titled “The Dropout Problem” is about why people go to school and why they drop out and how that creates a problem. This article states that a majority of people drop out of school because they feel as though school is useless and they prefer to pursue what they want to be in life such as a sport or hobby that doesn’t really have much to do with school. Also it tells that research has shown that most kids that drop out of high school come from a low income family. With that happening it creates less achieving people which adds on to the problem of dropping out. Then it shows statistics of how much money the u.s could of saved if kids decided not to drop out of high school.
Yes, "nowadays" its easier for teens to get pregnant than adults because of the lack of supply of condoms and condom support from parents
- What advice do you give teens to prepare them for what lies ahead for them
If you are pregnant take responsibility and it can be a beautiful thing and worth the trouble you are going through. Just stick it out. and if you aren't…Stay that way
- In terms of options chosen during teen pregnancy which ones do you see or hear about teens choosing the most? (ie. Abortion, Adoption etc)
It's sad to say but i have been hearing about a lot of abortions from teen mothers. I just can't bring myself to kill my own child
- What places/organizations do you reccomend teen moms to turn to for help?
i don't know any but personally I turned to my parents. They have helped me through a lot.
Ben, Simmoneau . "Group Of Teens Randomly Attack Man On Kelly Drive." CBS Philly [Philadelphia ] 9 08 2011, n. pag. Web. 15 Feb. 2013. <http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/08/09/third-flash-mob-attack-reported/>.
This source includes a story of a man that was attacked by teenagers on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. xsOn July 31st, Christopher Dean was biking on the drive when teenagers from 15-18 attacked him. Police then said that the reason for the attack was about of boredom. This site is useful because this gives the presentations a sense of what’s actually going on in Philadelphia and this its not just an average problem.
. "Facts for Teens: Youth Violence." . Youth Violence Prevention, n.d. Web. 20 Feb 2013. <http://www.herkimercounty.org/content/Departments/View/11:field=services;/content/DepartmentServices/View/68:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/122.PDF>.
This source gives statistical back up to shows that teen violence is one of the main issues in Philadelphia. The data was gathered by the Youth Violence Prevention, stating things such as “More than 1 in 6 high-school students say they have carried a gun, knife, or club in the past month”. Information like this is available on the document which will help show the reality of teen violence, what really goes around us that can’t be seen. Even though the source is from statistics of philadelphia its still shows that overall its an issue that must be resolved.
Annotation 3 (This annotation will include many links that are related)
"New Video Surfaces Showing Unprovoked Attack by Philadelphia Teens Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/17/new-video-surfaces-showing-unprovoked-attack-by-philadelphia-teens/
Robert, Moran. "2-year-old shot in mob brawl in S. Philly."Philly.Com [Philadelphia ] 28 Sep 2011, n. pag. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-28/news/30213218_1_high-school-fight-patrol-car-stable-condition>.
Laurence, Sharen. "News." NBC10. N.p., 31 Jan 2012. Web. 20 Feb 2013. <http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/College-Student-Describes-Violent-Assault-138374229.html>.
The links above are important to use because they show what teen violence has led to. Many people say they were jumped by flash mobs by teens that were just bored. Others have died, a 2 year old and four others were shot after a mob of girls began a high school fight that included guns and injured those who were innocent. Teenagers now don’t know how to handle situations and they feel that violence towards one another is necessary “to live in the streets”. Whats not realized though is that they make it difficult to walk to the streets of Philadelphia. Another of the links show how a group of teens a worker outside of city hall. All of these links are incidents that occurred in Philadelphia.
Hoye, Sara. "The effects of Philadelphia's mob violence."Justice. CNN, 12 Apr 2011. Web. 19 Feb 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/12/philadelphia.flash.mob.violence/index.html>.
This source shows the effects of Philadelphia’s mob violence, and is important to obtain because its shows what is being done so far about the subject. Begins talking about a flashmob that attacked a group of friends near the heart of center city. Then leads of to talk about what mayor Nutter thinks about the situation and what he is doing to resolve. Fridays and Saturdays Curfews have been moves to 9pm for teenagers in Center city, in general 10pm for those under 13 and 12pm for those under 18. He then speaks of the black community in specific and advises the parent to step their game up.
Annotation 5 (Interview)
Stanford, John. E-mail Interview. 18 Feb 2013.
This source gives a deep understanding of what the Philadelphia Police Department thinks about teen violence. John Stanford gives detailed answers as to what can be done about the subject, who is to blame, and much more. John Stanford talks about the steps that have already been taken to decrease the rates of criminal acts that are caused by teens. Such as creating a curfew, and the many organizations that have been made to create a new environment for teens. This interview shows well how the police department also thinks that Teen violence is a huge problem in Philadelphia.
"Temple University Newsroom." Improving Science Education in High School and beyond. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2013. <http://news.temple.edu/news/improving-science-education-high-school-and-beyond>This source is supporting my topic. It shows that my topic goes beyond high schools. Temple University was given grants to find out the same things that I am trying to find out, why aren’t people studying science. “These grants are just two of several initiatives now underway at temple.” This statement alone proves that the STEM field in both high schools and colleges is slacking.
This website is the mayor addressing the people in Philadelphia about the flash mobs that have been happening in recently. He talks to parents about controlling their children, and trying to keep the city as peaceful as possible. Everyone must work together for it to work.
White, Taesha M. "How Do You Help Teens." Personal interview. 14 Feb. 2013.
I interviewed my sister Taesha. She has been in city programs since she was 14 and has been working with teenagers ever since. She gave me a very detailed interview of what it like to wrk with teenagers.
Socolar, Paul. District On-Time Graduation Rate Surpasses 60 Percent. Philadelphia Neighborhoods: The Notebook, February 2012.http://thenotebook.org/february-2012/124482/district-time-graduation-rate-surpasses-60-percent
This website shows a graph of the graduation rate of city from the years of 2002-2011. Most of the graphs shows a increase of people graduating in Philadelphia. The city has a goal to get an increase of students graduating between 4-6 years to 80% by 2014. What the city is doing to get their students to graduate on time is working.
Kefalas, Jason. Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project, Saint Joseph’s University: pysp.org 2011.http://pysp.org/
This website gives a bunch of information about teen violence and how they help teenagers. It shows statistics and gives information on the most type of violence that happen in the city. I wanted to find a source that helped teenagers in philadelphia and explained in details how they do it. This helps support my interview that I gave by showing that there are places for teens to get help.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth’s Violence: State Statistics, Atlanta Georgia: cdc.gov 13 May 2011.
This website is the other website with graph. it shows homicide rates for mean and women between the ages of 10-24. One of the graphs that shows ethnicity proves that minorities/ blacks are the main reason for all of these homicides in Philly.
This article is from philly.com, a very popular website for Philadelphians to learn more about sports, news, entertainment, etc. Philly.com is also a very reliable source for local news. In this specific article, the author wrote about Mayor Nutter opening a new Juvenile Justice Center. The reason I chose this piece of news was because I wanted to learn what Philadelphia offered to teens. I wanted to investigate where bored teens would go when everything “fun” is illegal or has an age restriction. I’m using the Juvenile Justice Center as an example of the city attempting to give troubled kids a place to go, which will be interesting to argue.
Mayor Nutter, City Officials Open Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center.Philadelphia: City of Philadelphia Blog, 2012.
Like the first source, this blog post goes into detail about the Juvenile Justice Center. The reason I wanted two sources on this topic is because this specific source isn’t as reliable as the article on philly.com. When using a blog without a notable author, it’s better to have another source to compare it to. However, this blog post includes direct quotes, which I could use to support my thoughts and opinions. Also, blogs tend to biased; therefore, I’ll be able to compare and contrast my thoughts with the author. Although it covers the same topic, this source is different than the previous one. In this source, there are more specific quotes and facts about the actual building, while the philly.com article explains more what the building will lead to in the future.
CNN Wire Staff. Philly Mayor: ‘No Excuses’ for Flash Mob Attacks. CNN Justice, 2011.
CNN is a well-known source for news, both local and global. This article is about Nutter’s reaction to the flash mobs. I found this piece really interesting because it included direct quotes from the Mayor. I feel that the quotes could really help support my idea that this is a very serious issue because of the way Mayor Nutter spoke about the attacks. The article also briefly touches on the rules of the curfew. As a philly teen, I have strong feelings about the curfew and believe that other teenagers would too. Using the information from this article, I will be able to speak about the curfew from the point of view of someone who it applies to.
Goodman, J. David. Philadelphia Fights Violent Flash Mobs With Curfews. New York:
The New York Times, 2011.
I have used the New York Times in many of my classes and to support many of my various projects. I can say with confidence that it’s very reliable. This source is also about how Flash Mobs lead to the city-wide curfew. I really enjoyed using this article because it included further information and videos from Mayor Nutter’s speech. This article will support the idea that violence will lead to repercussions; however, those consequences only make teens rebel. I’d like to use this source, along with the others, to support this idea of a vicious cycle. I’d also like to pin blame not only to places that create age restrictions, but also those who enforce a curfew that teens aren’t very fond of.
Philadelphia Flash Mob 2011: The List Keeps Growing. New York: International
Business Times, 2011.
I’m not exactly sure how I will use this source yet, but I felt like it was very interesting. This source comes from International Business Times, which I believe is pretty reliable; even though they don’t put first name, last name of the authors. The content of this article is basically just accounts of different flash mobs. I thought it be interesting to include exact accounts of different attacks, instead of just talking general about said attacks. Also, under the general stories and dates, there are urls to other websites that contain more information. This will be useful for our project because we will be able to be 100% factual in our statements and ideas.
Dunn, Mike. Nutter Sets 9 PM Weekend Curfew For Minors In Center City, University City. August, 8, 2011.
In this article, the reporter talks about how Mayor Nutter is lowering the curfew in Philadelphia for minors 9:00pm on weekends. The curfew was put in place because of the rising mobs of kids joining in ‘flash mobs’. What I thought was interesting in the article was that it stated that Nutter himself said that it was only a small amount of kids joining in the flash mobs when there were many more than just the one they were reporting.
The CNN write staff. Philly mayor hopes curfew plan brings back the love. August, 12, 2011.
This article talks, again, about the curfew caused by flashmobs in Philadelphia, lead predominantly by minors. In this article, however, the mayor puts the blame on the parents as much as the children, saying that if they can’t control their kids then the children would be reprimanded by being prosecuted. The article states that minors caught breaking curfew would be sent home or to the police station and will be fined $100 to $300.
Newall, Mike. Teen mod violence not a new problem. August, 8, 2011.
This article speaks about the mob violence itself, specifically, flash mobs. It specifically says in the article that the kids, before the mob, had been roaming around West Philadelphia for hours. I picked out the article because it relates to what we’re talking about, how kids have nothing to do, therefore resort to their own forms of ‘entertainment’ which more often than not results in violence.
Fiedler, Elizabeth. Officials In Phila. Plan Curfews To Curb Teen Violence. August, 11, 2011.
This article speaks specifically on the topic that officials think that enforcing a stricter curfew will eliminate or at least drop the rate of teen violence. It also speaks about teenagers who were doing ‘anti-violence flash mobs’ where they just sit places and read books in large groups of kids. They’re tightening the curfew on Fridays and Saturdays, hoping to bring the kids in earlier and stop the violence that occurs later at night.
Boyer, Dave. Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’. August, 8, 2011.
This article basically reports on what the Mayor was saying to the kids that were in the flash mobs, telling them to stop acting like hooligans. He said he was adding extra police watchman to neighborhoods but made it clear that adding them and making a stricter curfew was not an excuse to harass any youth on the street. I added this because everything that’s a result of teens needing a way to spend their time ends up in more restrictions and keeping them locked away.
Neighborhood: Boathouse Row to East Falls
About Me: Student, Runner, Avid-Reader, and Donutslinger @ Federal Donuts
Years in Philly: 18 years strong
Current Home: Center City
Dear Kelly Drive,
It is difficult for me to display my admiration for you in words, because for so long I have done so through a different medium. Sitting here as I struggle to write this, I find my mind slowly drifting to when we were first introduced to one another. Treading your trails one cold winter day, I was not quite sure what I had gotten myself into. I was told to turn around once I saw the Three Angles. I was confused. Was that a Charlie's Angels reference? To the right of the Schuylkill River I found three pillars with one angel statue on top of each of them. That day I learned that Three Angels were the landmark adjacent to Fountain Green Drive.
Trekking your trails more often, I began to notice even more about you. I noticed the fish hidden in the trees, only observable from Boathouse Row. I saw the house on top of the hill next to the road, just a little after Columbus Bridge. I even noticed the discreetly hidden Strawberry Mansion Bridge stairs.
I do not remember when exactly, but a point came when I began to understand myself through your trails. I found peace in hearing the pitter-patter of my feet against your roads. I learned what my limits were, and how to overcome them. Through patients and perseverance, I learned that no matter how formidable an obstacle may seem that it is conquerable.
Thank you for exposing me to running.
Lane, Roger (1999). Violent Death in the City: Suicide, Accident, and Murder in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia. Ohio State University Press
This book depicts various forms of crimes in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia, predominately murder. Roger Lane told the story of violence in philadelphia, backed by thorough comparisons of national statistics. Lane says how the Nineteenth-century murders were significantly lower than those of modern times. Lane uses final records of deceased individuals, sometimes as small as the regards from a state agent, to help reflect the lives they lived before their deaths. This source is kind of reliable due to her direct contact with people who were aware of how the deaths occurred or even family members. This source is slightly unreliable because some people she contacted didn’t know the people from a can of paint. Overall I think this source is good because she cited gun violence as one of the main causes of death besides natural, which is an essential detail in our project.
Cook, Philip J., Jens Ludwig (2000). "Chapter 2". Gun Violence: The Real Costs. Oxford University Press
This book outlines the cost Gun Violence costs America annually, while also giving statistics of murder rates. Cook goes in to detail on how much it actually costs to clean and properly treat a gunshot wound, and how it is not only hurting our country’s people, but the economy as well. Cook also says that Philadelphia's percentage of gun violence has risen more than 20% since 1973, proving that Philadelphia’s gun violence is spiraling at a positive rate, but is a negative impact on the city. This source is reliable because he cites direct sources and city officials. He also cites the U.S Census and cross checks different crimes that are committed in Philly to see how many are gun related.
Murphy , Ray. "Gun Violence in Philadelphia." Ray Murph'ys Blog. N.p., 10 010 2007. Web. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. <http://youngphillypolitics.com/gun_violence_philadelphia>.
In this blog, author Ray Murphy gives his insight on the continuos murders that were popping up throughout Philadelphia. He comments on how the city might be better overall without guns, and what he thinks could be the main cause of all these murders. He gives quantitative data by stating the amount of gun related murders that were committed that far into 2007 (300), which was not really backed by a source. This source is both reliable, and unreliable. It is reliable because he has some factual data included, but also unreliable because he features a lot of opinionated views.
Bohn, Kevin. "Philadelphia: Teen 'afraid every da'y as gun violence soars." CNN [Philadelphia] n.d., n. pag. Print. <http://articles.cnn.com/2007-05-16/us/philly.homicides_1_zip-gun-violence-violent-crime?_s=PM:US>.
This source is an interview of an average Philadelphian teen on gun violence, conducted by CNN. Isaac Diaz is asked numerous questions about gun violence and how he copes with it. CNN also cites that the new record for gun-related murders in a year is 406, which topped the 400 set in 1990. I would count this source as reliable because it comes from CNN. CNN is a nationally credited news broadcasting company, so I assume they have a group of fact checkers backing the work. I also count this source as reliable because the interview is direct, no second hand relays or anything that can taint the words from Diaz’s mouth.
Huttonlock, Frank. Interview by Nuri Bracey. Gun Violence in Philadelphia 14 February 2013. February . Print.
This last source was an interview conducted by myself. The interviewee was Frank Huttonlock, a Gun Range Safety Officer located in Philadelphia. The interview was based on three questions; "What do you think is the main cause of gun violence?",
"Which age group commits the most gun related crimes?", and "How can you work to control gun violence?" A response I got was “Media is the main cause of gun violence to me. All these teens see is how they’re favorite artist is waving a gun to get what he wants, and they try to mimic that.” The classic response, and a liable one at that. I think this source is reliable and unreliable at the same time. It is reliable because yet again, it is straight from interviewer to interviewee. It’s unreliable because his answers aren’t factual, but opinionated.