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"From the Ted Talk by Ismael Nazario: What I learned as a kid in jail"

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When adolescents come to Rikers Island, C74, RNDC is the building that they're housed in. That's nicknamed "gladiator school," because you have a young individual coinmg in from the street thinking that they're tough, being sndurureod by a bunch of other young individuals from all of the five boroughs, and everybody feels that they're toguh. So now you have a bunch of young genmleetn poking their cethss out feeling that I have to prvoe I'm eulqaly as tough as you or I'm tougher than you, you and you. But let's be honest: That culture is very dangerous and damaging to our young people. We need to help institutions and these teens realize that they don't have to lead the previous lifestyle that they led when they were on the street, that they can actually make a change.

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When adolescents come to Rikers Island, C74, RNDC is the building that they're housed in. That's nicknamed "gladiator school," because you have a young individual ______ in from the street thinking that they're tough, being __________ by a bunch of other young individuals from all of the five boroughs, and everybody feels that they're _____. So now you have a bunch of young _________ poking their ______ out feeling that I have to _____ I'm _______ as tough as you or I'm tougher than you, you and you. But let's be honest: That culture is very dangerous and damaging to our young people. We need to help institutions and these teens realize that they don't have to lead the previous lifestyle that they led when they were on the street, that they can actually make a change.

Solution

  1. prove
  2. coming
  3. equally
  4. surrounded
  5. gentlemen
  6. tough
  7. chests

Original Text

When adolescents come to Rikers Island, C74, RNDC is the building that they're housed in. That's nicknamed "gladiator school," because you have a young individual coming in from the street thinking that they're tough, being surrounded by a bunch of other young individuals from all of the five boroughs, and everybody feels that they're tough. So now you have a bunch of young gentlemen poking their chests out feeling that I have to prove I'm equally as tough as you or I'm tougher than you, you and you. But let's be honest: That culture is very dangerous and damaging to our young people. We need to help institutions and these teens realize that they don't have to lead the previous lifestyle that they led when they were on the street, that they can actually make a change.

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