Dymond Garrett is Glad You’re Listening

TNT Youth Leader on #NeverAgain

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TNT’s Dymond Garrett at Castlemont

TNT youth leader Dymond Garrett has written a searing but hopeful piece for Youth Radio about the #NeverAgain movement, growing up around violence, and the frustration felt by those who have been talking about — and living with — gun violence for years.

“Some parts of Oakland have changed” writes Dymond, a sophomore at Castlemont High School in East Oakland now in her second year as a TNT youth leader. “It’s like a lot of people just kill each other for no reason now. Some people feel like they have to kill or get killed. Now a little kid as young as 11 years old can get a gun in less than 24 hours, because they want to feel safe.”

It’s a harsh reality, but one Dymond and other students in Oakland don’t accept with complacency. They are working for change, for peace and safety.

“I work with a program called Youth ALIVE!,” she writes. “We’re teens tackling this issue and dealing with it. I feel like now I’m part of a movement to make my community better for the next generation. It’s given me a bigger purpose…”

Read Dymond’s article at Youth Radio – #NeverAgain are You Listening to Urban Youth of Color?

“I work with a program called Youth ALIVE!— we’re teens tackling this issue and dealing with it. I feel like now I’m part of a movement to make my community better for the next generation. It’s given me a bigger purpose…” -TNT Youth Leader Dymond Garrett