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Crowdsourcing Mornings: These Days: A Salvadoran-American Story

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Jay, a talented 14-year-old artist is trying to understand the journey of his life he is destined to take. He lives with a strict single mother, Alma, who is expecting another child. She expresses nothing but tough love to Jay. Without a father being present, the struggle to maintain a good and stable living becomes harder each present day.

Living in a lower class Salvadoran or “Salvi” neighborhood in Brentwood, NY doesn’t help much either. Most kids are as troubled as the fathers that raised them. The only hope for Jay is to leave this tough urban neighborhood. However, for now, Jay needs to be street savvy and courageous in order to make it.

It’s a battle every day being at home without a parent. No one’s there for Jay because his mother works multiple jobs. Jay becomes frustrated and rebels against his mother and her rules. To him, there is no family. The only family he can depend on are his two “brothers,” Albert and Cisco, his best friends.

Eventually, these three boys get into deep trouble as they vandalize the corner bodega, confront a school bully Ray, and discover a new toy that salivates their interest: a loaded gun. Things seem to be under control until tragedy strikes when Albert was violently beaten by Ray and his gang. When Jay and Cisco discover this, their focus is to seek vengeance for their best friend. Now, all of a sudden the “new toy” is geared towards becoming a lethal weapon. Jay learns that God’s fate for his life can be very different from the one he has for himself.

All of the pieces in Jay’s young life begin to appear in a mural he’s painting in his room. These fragmented images, whether good or bad, are all essential to him becoming a young man.

As of February 3rd, this project has raised $8,000 of their $80,000 goal. This project has 20 days left to raise the $80,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get a thank you postcard.  For a pledge of $50, you will get a hat.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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