I had the pleasure of spending a recent morning with the youths at p:ear. p:ear provides a unique environment in downtown Portland for homeless youth to explore the arts and other educational programs. I was leading a photography workshop and the enthusiasm shown by the youth was very inspiring. They brought their full energy and it showed me just what these young people can do.
I wonder what is possible if they were provided a safe environment to live versus having to worry about where they will sleep tonight and whether they are going to be robbed or worse. I get the sense they would surprise us and become an asset to society. Right now we are ignoring some very bright assets.
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