(volunteer, Kittie, gives a peace sign while painting)
(cleaning up Green Chimney)
(Volunteers, Maurice and Kittie take a break to pose)
Volunteer Maurice is from Brooklyn, NY and is a psychology student at Brooklyn College. In his spare time, Maurice also works at P.S. 297 for a non-profit called Ground Work, where he helps kids with their homework after school. Maurice supports youth homeless awareness because, he says, a large part of his faith is based around servicing others. "I'm so for helping community, there is no reason not to help," he says.
(blah, get back to work, James)
James, who we met at Bronx Underground, is an advocate for youth homeless awareness because he was a homeless teen for two years. After the September 11 attacks, his mother lost her job and was unable to support him. James ended up on the streets and sleeping on the trains during the night. During the day, James said he would wander the streets looking for jobs that didn't come easily. James says that he would go to music shows to pass the time while he was homeless and says music saved his life.
All in all, the project was a huge success. Thanks for everyone who contributed to this service. If you would like to volunteer and find out more information on Green Chimney's youth shelter, click here. For Afro-punk's next New York volunteer opportunity on September 11th, click here.