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K.O, age 17, Harris County Youth Village, Houston, Texas

K.O, age 17, Harris County Youth Village, Houston, Texas

“I was the valedictorian of my class. I graduated from school in Louisiana. Then my mom and I were in a shelter, so I ran away. That was nine months ago.”

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Kirk’s Journey From Malt Liquor to a Loving Place

As a tot, Kirk says, he would wander the aftermath of his mother’s liquor-drenched parties, sipping the remains of the diluted and strange-smelling drinks. By elementary school, he had developed a taste and not long after, found himself regularly fighting through hangovers. READ MORE AT JJIE.ORG > >