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From the Ted Talk by Malika Whitley: How the arts help homeless youth heal and build

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During my homelessness, I joined Atlanta's 3,300 homeless _____ in feeling uncared for, left out and invisible each _____. There wasn't and still is not any place for a ________ minor to walk off the street to access a bed. I ________ that most people _______ of homelessness as some kind of lazy, drug-induced squalor and inconvenience, but that didn't represent my book bag full of clothes and schoolbooks, or my A+ grade point average. I would sit on my favorite bench downtown and watch as the _____ passed by until I could _____ in a few hours of sleep on _______, in cars, in buildings or in _______ units. I, like thousands of other homeless youth, disappeared into the shadows of the city while the whole world kept spinning as if nothing at all had gone terribly wrong. The invisibility alone almost completely broke my spirit.

Solution

  1. sneak
  2. hours
  3. homeless
  4. realized
  5. night
  6. couches
  7. thought
  8. storage
  9. youth

Original Text

During my homelessness, I joined Atlanta's 3,300 homeless youth in feeling uncared for, left out and invisible each night. There wasn't and still is not any place for a homeless minor to walk off the street to access a bed. I realized that most people thought of homelessness as some kind of lazy, drug-induced squalor and inconvenience, but that didn't represent my book bag full of clothes and schoolbooks, or my A+ grade point average. I would sit on my favorite bench downtown and watch as the hours passed by until I could sneak in a few hours of sleep on couches, in cars, in buildings or in storage units. I, like thousands of other homeless youth, disappeared into the shadows of the city while the whole world kept spinning as if nothing at all had gone terribly wrong. The invisibility alone almost completely broke my spirit.

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Important Words

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