Young Jeezy Inspires Youth at Juvenile Detention Center
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Taking a break from his Seen it All tour to drop a few words of wisdom and inspiration to some young people in need, Young Jeezy visited the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 7th while in town for his concert at Fox Theatre.

Speaking to a room of about 120 boys and girls, ranging between the ages of 8 and 18, the Atlanta rapper talked to the crowd about his humble beginnings and how they can overcome their current situations.

“This isn’t even the end of the world. This is just the point where you’ve got to make a decision,” the Detroit Free Press reports him saying. “You’re in juvenile hall – it (can get) worse from here. So you’ve got to make a decision. I just came here to talk to you – you’ve got to make the decision.”

Jeezy spoke to the crowd for about 15 minutes before going out into the stands to talk one-on-one with some of the young detainees.

“Detroit is not an easy city,” he told the youth. “I’m sitting here looking at y’all – you’ve got some serious looks on your faces. I can only imagine what half of y’all’s stories are. But when you sit down and think about it, all of our stories are the same: We just want to be successful, take care of our loved ones, and do the things we love in life.”

A few days before his Detroit visit, the 37-year-old made a stop at Temple University to offer some words of inspiration to the school’s football team. He was even given an official Temple jersey with his name on the back by the team’s coach, Matt Rhule.

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