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Y.W.C.A. Teen Par-ent Pr'oq ram

Richar-d Alan Spiegel - Editor

Barbara Fisher - Desi9nel~

Thomas Per ry -

l nter n

B reride Giscombe - Site Teacher

[The young parents and

pregnant teens who are students at this Altemative High School pro-

g r arn at the YW CA asked that we forward this issue to the Mavor & cther s who might be helpful. We have done so. ]

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2 '--Melody B rown 10 Judy Qui nones 17 Dianne Reyes
3- 4: Feli cia Cr-awfor-d 11 Dianne Reyes 18 Dar leen Sledge
5 Beatrice Davis 12 Stan Fer re r 20 Tracey Pintard
6 Darleen Sledge 14 Dar leen Sledge 21 Dianne Reyes
7 Beatrice Davis 15 Wanda Metts 22 Sylvia Winbush
8 Lynette Hardnett 16 Dianne Reyes & 23 Dorothea
9 Ber nadet te Hicks Judy Quinones Zimmerman Principal - Richar-d Or'qanisciak Supe.-intendant - Stephen Phillips

Publication by the Waterways Project made possible with funding support from The New York State Council on the Arts and Con Edison.

@ 1986, Waterways Project

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WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A WELFARE HOTEL i\\elody BI-own

living in a w el far e hotel is no laughing matter. know

because I live in one. Where I live there's only one

bed fo r me and my dauqht er , There's no be tb roorn , and no closet so I have now he r e to put my clothes or

to wash in p rl vat e , The bathroom is in the hallway across from my room. Many people from o ther floors

use this bathroom too. When I give my d auqht cr a

bath I have to throw the water on her to put soap

on and to take it off. This Ii ttle room of mine costs $122,44 twice a month.

I have a ques tion fa I' t\layo r Koch. W here does the money come from to pay fOI- one box going for $2114, S8 a month. Instead they could give us $400 01- $500 a month fOI- a 3 or 4 room apartment that has a ba t hroorn , a closet, and

a bed mom fOI- my daughter as well as a livingroom and

a kitchen where I can cook or bake w hanev ar my heart desi r e s . To ea t out of a res taut-an t every nigh tis way

too expensive and not too many restaurants take food stamps.

T he policy about wei fa re hotel s and housi nq should change. Someone must have geat-ed the system this way because

if they didn't ev er vunc would have noticed how the money is being spent on boxes that are not wor th $122,114 twice

a month.

As far as housing is concerned - all who live in welfare hotels should have been in t hel r ow n homes a 10n1J time ago_ The waiting lists are 50 long that it's a shame. There are plenty of renovated apartment s built every day, and every day ther-e are more homeless people, becaus e the people who al-e ow rie r s of these renovations are ei t her p r ejucli ced at' just want to put their families

in the apartments instead of someone who I-eally needs it. In 0 rde I' fa r you to get an apa r tm ent you have to be in

a ho t el for 18 monlhs, be in yo u r last trtmes ter of pregnancy 01' you r child has to be 6 months or vuuriq er .

I've been in the Madi son Holel on 27th Street since Nov, 14, 1985. Now where does this policy leave me?

People lhink because we live in a wei fare hotel we can

be t r ea t ed like a clog 01- norr-human . Well, il's not t rue , As far as I'm cancel-ned we have t-ights like an yorie else. Since the money being spent on these small boxes is coming out of my budget I can speak on anything I want, arid complain about anything that needs to be complained about.

THE HARDSHIPS OF BEING A WELFARE RECIPIENT Felicia C r-aw for d

I would have liked to have been able to avoid it. But I found it neces sar-y , I went to the Welfal-e Department

to see if I was eligible to receive help'. I filled out an application. It was a long wait before my name was called. I knew I would really appreciate the help they could give me. When the case worker called my name I knew it was her business to ask me questions. I was ready to answer them.

When we sat down she asked fOI' my application. I said to her, "Good mor ninq , II I also said, II How do you li ke the weather wei re having? The tempe rat ur e has dropped tremendously. l t' s terl"ibly cold out t her-e.." The woman was shocked at the fact that I was so polite.

In the beginning of my interview I gave a good impression. She asked about my child+s father and I told her I would like to receive child SUPPOl"t. She said she would help me. She gave me some advice as to how to go about getting child SUPPOI"t. I signed some more paper s and I was accepted as a Welfare Recipient.

I left to go home. I had to tr-avel very far. My money

was getting scar ce. I dldri'f know whether Or not my check would come on time. It was time for the rerit , Con Ed, and the telephone bills to be paid. It seems that I was pr actlci nq to depend on my check and the food stamps to come. My kids helped addto my frustratlons , I felt like getting physical.

I was jealous of my next door neighbor because she was an odginal. She had her life toqether , She had it all together. Her height and qr amrna r matched her physique. was getting a headache wor r-yinq about my next door neiqhbor and her perfectiori.

I felt disappointed in my case worker because my check had been delayed. I said, 11 Let me just check to see if it has come. II It was the re , My wor ri es were over.

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SPELLI NG PUZZLE - Felicia Crawford

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8. To leave 01- be left in a difficult 01- helpless position

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1_ To wo r k ineptly 01- inefficiently 3. To feel I-egret fOI-

5. One of the flat surfaces cut on a gemstone 7. A. stl"uggle between rivals

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HELPING THE HOMELESS - Beat r ice Davis

I think the Mayo," should build more apar trnent buildings 0," proiects for the homeless people and the people who a re on welfare and can't affo rd to pay high rents.

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I know by my own exper ienca that it's hard to find an apartment, and when you do find one the r erit is too high. That' s the reason why ther-e are so many homeless people today. When they do find an apartment welfar-e is not willing to pay the rent, They say the r ent is too high. Sometimes the people take the apartment anyway I and stay in it for a couple of months, paying the rent the best they can. Then sooner or later theyre given a dispossess I meaning they have to leave in a rnont h' s time. Eventually they are put out into

the streets.

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THE YWCA PROGRAM - Da r-leen Sledge

The G.E.D. program that is offered in the Y is really educational and enjoyable. Unlike a I"egulal- high school

students have the opportunity to enhance their weak r I

areas. As a result we aloe well pr-epar-ed for the test.

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There aloe numerous teen pmgl-ams around the city aiding and encouraging young mothers to complete their high school education. A lot of young mothers complain about not having a baby-sitter at home while they aloe in school. They are unaware that the pmg l-ams provide child cal-e. Sometimes the mother is just lazy and avoids these opportunities. Well, I feel that all teen pal-ents s+iould take advantage of these pl-og rams. I f not, what kind of future would you and your child expect?

In ol-der to compete in today's job rn ar k et one needs a high school di ploma 01- an equivalency diploma. When you have a child at home, it's ext nemely ha r d to concentrate on school wor k , But one just has to take into consideration that determination is the key to success.

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THE TEEN PARENT PROGRAM - BeatJ~ice Davis T -Is for teen mothers.

E -Ls for the evenings.

E -Ls for even though we have hard times,

we still manage to stick toqet her .

N -I s fo r nice times we have together.

P -Is for the p roblerns we solve in class. A -I s fo r all the things we achieve.

R -Is fOI" the r ela tion s hi ps we have with each other. E +l s fOI" evaluating YOUl- own skills.

N -Ls for the neces sary things We need to learn.

T -J s fOI- the time childcare spends with OUI- children.

P -Ls for new people joining the p roqr-am ,

R -Is fo r r eali z i n q our mistakes.

o -I s fa I' our oppcrtunlttes .

G -Ls for graduation.

R -J s for our r-eunion.

A -I s for anot her day of school.

M -Is fat" making OUI- dr-eams come true.

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Lynette Har-dnett

Mot her: is caring

Mothel- is sharing Mother is always there,

bear-iriq her burdens.

Mother is ther-e when noorie is ther-e, Mother is arourid when nobody car es .

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PROS LEMS WITH WELFARE: FI N DING AN APARTMENT Bernadette Hicks

There al-e a lot of problems with welfare and housing. Pve been trying to get into some type of housing for tile last three years . Welfa,-e would pay a lot of money for a hotel,· but they can't pay fOI" an apartment. For those thr-ee years I've been going from place to place.

I really don't under s tand why all of these houses they' re building won't help get people out of hotels. The city acts like it doesn't r ealiz e that they al-e putting out rno re money in the long run fo r the hotels.

I finally found a placewhere I've been living since August. They denied my Secudty so. now I have to pay out of my own pocket. I've also been asking for a furniture grant since August. I've just gotten it, but it's not even enough to buy a really decent bedroom

set. I'd have to get something second hand. What it

all really boils down to is that Welfat-e isn't helping people with housi n9. It's only causing confusion. The only reason I got my place was because my mother owned the house. It's really hard to get a place while on welfare because most people don't want welfare people in their buildings and if they would let you t-ent they

char-qe so much that Welfare won't for it.

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THE HOMELESS - Judy Quinones

I can really say ther-e isn't enough being done fOI- us poor-er people. As I walk in the streets I see people who sleep on sidewalks and benches because they have no p lace to live. Many who lost their homes because

of fi res end up in some meas r y hotel fu II of r-ats and roaches and if they have small childr-en it is very dangerous fOI" them to be there. l t'.s not fail" that

the city (cr w hoever ) bui Ids all these co-ops and condo's fo r all these so-called rich people. We need homes too and should be allowed the same benefits as the other people. I iistead of maki ng more condo' 5

and co-op's for people who don't need them, you should s tar t making affo rdab le housing for the homeless and and fOI- those of us who can't affo rd high pr-iced apar-tments.

I know of people who needed emergency housing and nev ar got it 01- who had to wait a long period of time. Some of these people ended up in the streets with their chi ldr en . I know of this lady whose dauqht er had a newbo rri child. They lived in a hotel which consisted

of various rats and roaches . I twas over-crowded , meani ng 5 people in a Hroom space. They went to the housing people and filled out an application. The pel-son who

they t2tked to said that it would take some time to get

an apartment . While waiting for an apartment and

going almost every week to social services and ex-

plaining over and ov er the p ro bl em the baby was bitten

by a big rat and had to be r-us hed to the hospital. I feel the city wo r k er s should have tried harder to get housing fOI- the sake of that baby.

I f I was rich I would help all the needy people and would build affordable buildings fOI- my kind.

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PUZZLE - Dianna Reyes

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1 summary

2 qood-riat ured 1} loyalty

7 rapaclous 9 botch

11 cancel (a law etc.) 12 dr-ive aground

14 clever nes s

17 to feel son-y fOI"

lS to prove to be false

revel-sal in progress 3 to analyze

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G to talk in a noisy way 8 q ua r rel

10 become weak 13 insensible 15 corpulent

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19 any aspects (as of a pel-sonality)

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X BY ALEX HALEY Stan Fer rer

Setting: The story begins with the birth of Malcolm X in Omaha, Neb r as ka , May 19, 1925. He went to Lansing, Michigan, then in 1941 I-an away -to Boston and then to New YOI-k City.

Main Cha racter : Dynamic, ar t iculat e , perceptive. COU1-ageous, outspoken a r e just a few of the adjectives that so inadequately describe Malcolm X. Few singular pel-sonalities have emer qed on the national and i n t er nat iorial scene to so excite and stimulate in ter'es t in the plight

of 22, 000, 000 Afro-Amer icans in the USA. Not only speaking out the agonies of the 22, 000, 000 members of the Black masses, but effectively voicing the guarded views and opinions of many of his det racto rs in the

N eqro elite.

Physically Malcolm has been described as a man of impressive beari ng: a tal I, r-eddi s h-Lrown skinned fellow whose influence even aft er his death continues to live and grow.

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Once upon a time t her e wer e two penguins named Daffy and Dusty. They lived in the North Pole where there was plenty of snow to play in. They also knew Santa Claus. Santa had two helpers - Tic and Tac.

One Christmas Eve Daffy and Dusty went along with Santa on his sled to de liv er the gifts to all the little girls and boys. It was snowing very ha rd that night and the kids who w er e waiting s tar t ed getting wo rri ed about Santa

and thought that he was not going to come.

But they still went along with the traditions for the

Chri s tmas holiday. That night all the chi ld r-en went to bed and fell asleep I-ight away. They left a lot of mi lk and cookies for Santa Claus.

That night Santa went to each and every house filling all thr s tocki ngs r and leaving lots of pr-esents for all the gi I-Is

and boys.

All the W2JY back home Daffy and Dust rv wer e very scared of the sleel ride. The reindeer w er e going too fast. Finally they reached home, the NOI-th Pole. Daffy and Dusty said thel r exper-ience was one they would nev er for'qet , That was an adventure fOI- Daffy and Dusty.

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THE EXCITING MONTH OF DECEMBER - Wanda Metts The excitement in December is caused by Christmas

in that month. A lot of people celebrate the Christmas holiday and give out all kinds of gifts. I n December we

put up t rees and deCol-ate them and we also put up wreaths. During the Christmas holidays a lot of people go to different places li ke to a bar let 01- to. a banquet.

Some people dorr t recoqniz e that Christmas is a holiday. Many celebrate Kwanza instead on .Jarnra r y 1st. They say that Kwanza is nothing like Ch ri s trnas but I think it is something like Chr i s'tmas because they g.ive out presents and visit with thei 1- families even though Kwanza has many differ-ent pri nci pies. On C hris tmas people give out diamonds o r genuine go.osedown coats.

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a nee up-on a time there w er'e two young kids. Thei 1- names

w e re Johnny and Akisha. They little kids who wanted to find out w h er-e

were two ver y cu rious Santa lived.

One clAy aft er school they wer e tal ki ng and said they had to plan their journey soon. Well off they went to their homes; but they kept in mind what they had been talking about ear lier . That same day Johnny called Akisha to tell her that he had set a date fOI" thei I" jou rriey,

Akisha asked him where and when was the tr-ip going to take place. Johnny responded that they would have to wake up car lv tcmo r row as if they were going to school (which they wer-ent ) in order to get there in time fOI" Chrl stmas .

Well, mcr ni nq came and they were pr-epared fOI- their journey. They.had packed extra clothing, some munchies to eat on the t rl p , and some money just in case they needed it. They went to catch the train leaving to the North Pole.

They ~iot there just in time, and they w er e happy they made it. l t WcS (J two-day trip but to them it was worth it. When they 90t to the North Pole they were ti red but they were deterrni neo to keep going.

At the NOI"th Pole they met a young man by the name of Tom. He was v e ry friendly and said he'd be happy to take them to Santa's home. They got there by riding a sled; to them ·thi s was a t hri II.

Fi nall y , they got there and w er e greeted by Mrs. Claus.

She was a v er y happy lady. She gave them milk and cookies and tQld them to rest, but Johnny and Aki sha were anxious to meet Santa. She told them not to WOI-I"y that he would be out soon.

When Santa finally came out to greet them they stood up with joy and I-an to give him a hug. They told him all that they had done just to meet him, and he was very happy. .

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AN ENJOYABLE MONTH - Dianna Reyes

To me December is a time for celebration. It's.a month that is r ecoqniz ed for its many holidays. During this month Christmas, Channukah, and Kwanza are celebrated. Channukah is a Jewish holiday in which Jewish people light a candle everyday and give each other gifts. Kwanza is an admirable holiday in which Blacks remember their African cultures. They believe in cleanliness and thei I" pr-incipal belief is to make presents for each other. Then on the seventh day they eat an exquisite dinner together.

Finally, there's Chr is'trnas which is said to be the time Christ was bam. This is a time of joy. A time of great l eis ur e ,

I personally believe in Christmas. I decorate the house with a Ch r is tma s t ree , o rnarnerrts, wreath, and wall hangings. It's a time to give and receive gifts. To me

all of this is a thrifty idea. Last year for Christmas I

r eceiv ed a genuine diamond I"ing f'rorn my fa ther , a bouquet of flowers from my mother , and a set of silk lingerie from my boyfr-iend. In ret ur n I gave my parents a pai I" of tickets to the ballet, and my boyfr-iend who's an amateur at tennis, an outfit with rackets and balls. We wer e all vel"y happy and I hope we'll be like this,

thi s Chr-istmas - especially my son who now has a little under s tandiriq about Christmas. I look forwa I'd to mak-

ing it a memor-able one. I --

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SPELL! N G PUZ ZLE - Du r l eert Sledge

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4 faithfully, loyalty

6 a small face or surface 7 to glance quickly

9 a thread

10 cleverness in designing or contr ivinq 15 clumsy

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THE HOMELESS - Tr acey Pi ntar d

I think Mayo r Koch should find homes fOI" the homeless people. All of the money is being t hrow n away; tax payer's haven't seen anythi ng useful done with thei I" money. I f the money was used to build homes, shelter-s fOI" these people, and to make s ur e they had food to eat and clothing everyone wouldn't wonder where the money is going. Ther e would be p roqr'es s and that would be seen by everyone.

I tis I"eally a shame to see the homeless t reat ed badly. Most of them out there did nit just decide that one day they'd be homeless. It happened for di ffer'errt reasons. These people are still human beings. I guess people figure that - i t+s happened, so just forget about them.

Don't t reat them the way I saw them treated on 20/20. Mental patients are being sent to Arizona according

to the prcqrarn and other places Ii ke that. They feel that thi 5 is a way to get rid of the problem. I think

the problem should be taken head on. Solve it or t ry

to come as close to solving it as possible with a little mor'e compassion, love, patience, It can be done.

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THE MAYOR CAN HELP THE HOMELESS - Dianna Reyes There are many things the Mayor can do for the homeless and for housing. Fat" instance, instead of wasting funding for unneces sarv things like co-op's or condo's, he could give money for renovating old buildings, to build new housing projects, or to just build better shelters and make them suitable to live in.

Ther e are so many people and families without homes 01" anywber'e togo; many sleep in parks, abandoned cars, and burned out buildings. I don't think itls right.

Many of these homeless are children and they should not be brouqht up in this kind of environment. This is one of the reasons why there are many young kids today

who ar e stealing, killing, and getting into other problems. Doing this to them is called I survival'.

So I say that the Mayor should do something right away befor-e OUt" society is completely lost.

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IN THE BEGINNING Sylvia Winbush

In the beginning, God made knowledge to be likely and vast,

for all who desi red and yearned for the past,

but now that desi r e has diminished in weight

especially in those who have come of late. OU'" environment is "being buried

Ii ke a vanishi ng laboratory ,

lying, cryiriq , crack - self-explanator-y Unlike the beginning, things have become so sca,"y I

but there's still hope at the local lib ra ry

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WHAT SHOULD THE MAYOR DO ABOUT THE HOMELESS AND HOUSING - Dorothea Zimmerman

I have per-sonal experience in this and can be specific.

I see no reason why the Mayor is allowing rent to be paid for people to live in buildings with walls that sound like crickets - we know they are mice. They are not places where you can rai se childr-en. I don't believe that this

is a problem that can be ov er looked by developing shelters. They shouldn't tear down good buildings to put up flimsy ones; s tr uctur-es that can be r ipped down again 20 years later without a t ea r i l want to make it clear that I am ready to accept changes. But 1- am not at all pr epa r ed to accept blind change without competence.

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