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Life Arts    H2'ed 7/12/10

Times Square Rabbi Helps America's Runaway Kids, Part Two

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Welcome back for the conclusion of my interview with Yehudah Fine, the Times Square Rabbi. For many years, you roamed Times Square, looking for the homeless and runaway kids. More recently, you've also been visiting high schools and youth groups. Please walk us through one of your seminars, Yehudah.

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I come in with some rules. No word to students that I am coming. Not even a mention of my name. Only one faculty or teacher in the meeting room. There must be no more than 300 kids. No introduction of me. I just walk in and getit all rolling. Jump them with my life and in two hours, I have over 85% of America's teens' secretquestions, so powerful they would not ask their best friends or parents.

Across the country, I survey them about their lives. No matter what the ethnic make-up or whether I am at a high-end suburban high school, inner city school,private or parochial school or if I am with home-schoolers oralternative schools, the results are nearly all the same.

I wasn't interested in how many of them experimented with drugs. For this survey, I didn't even want to know who was abusing drugs or alcohol. The more fundamental question was: What precisely were the issues in their daily lives and who was talking to them about those issues.

To make it easier for the teens to open up, I phrased each question in the following way: "How many of you have a friend who you know for a fact has . . ."

The eye-popping results are as follows:

100% had a friend who had been seriously depressed.

100% had a friend who had a serious drug or alcohol problem.

90% or more had a friend who thought about suicide.

90% were worried about violence.

100% encountered insults and bullying on a daily basis in school.

100% had friends who were sexually active.

Almost 50% of those who said they were sexually active also said they wished they were not.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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