Interview with Otis Pitts

You were working with youngsters at the Tacolcy Center in '79, '80. What was it like for the youngster facing the summer?


Well, you know, one of the frustrating things for, I think in this community obviously and I think across the country in dealing with young people is that each year at the end of school, I mean, you had all these youngsters who would come in looking for these summer jobs as such that were sponsored through the CETA program. You had thousands of youngsters that would come in and to apply for hundreds of jobs. And so, you'd start the summer off by sending away nine tenths of the youngsters who came there, you know, frustrated because they couldn't find employment, couldn't, because it just wasn't available. There was never adequate funds to, to fund these, ah, you know, jobs for these young people. So, every year we experienced that. And that was our big frustration, just handling that hoard of youngsters that came in that we knew that we could not provide jobs for. So, they'd leave there with heightened expectations, heightened frustrations, the whole nine yards. There was no way of us, for us to really help them as such. And there were no opportunities, employment opportunities in the larger community for them either.