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I want to make a positive change in this world before I go, whenever that may be. While being eighteen puts me at a disadvantage, I still want to do something, anything. Recently, I've decided to make a worthy attempt.

  I live on the edge of downtown where I'm from. While my family is considered middle class, many of my friends live in poverty. Growing up, my folks have essentially raised my buddies, they consider my parents their own, and me as their brother. It's not fair, the way these kids grow up, rarely getting home cooked meals, wearing soiled hand me downs, and being left on their own because their parent(s) struggle to make ends meet. Everyone deserves a decent upbringing, so they can have a chance at being successful in their lives. It angers me that people, especially many politicians, have difficulty understanding why kids from the "ghetto" don't aspire to leave. They do. The issue is that many kids in these situations don't get the proper guidance, someone who can not only inspire them, but also nudge them in the right direction so they stay on track. It hurts me, deep inside, when I see little kids that don't even have warm clothes walking around alone in the winter. It's not fair, and I want to do something about it.

   I'd be a philanthropist, but as of December 12, 2013 I have around two hundred dollars to my name in a checking account. Instead, I want to help the less fortunate by getting the word out, finding a way to illustrate the struggle these kids go through. I'm working on a written piece, about the experiences of these kids, and what we as a nation can do to make sure these kinds of situations occur less often. I want to get the word out, writing speeches, anything, so people know the plight of these kids. A distant idea is to speak at a TED talk about this subject.

   The reason I'm sharing this on the Kos is because I want to know what you all think of this. How can I reach out to the public about this issue? I want to create change, action, I want to make a difference.

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