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From Our Executive Director?CryOut! was our Vision right after I graduated from college and married my wife. We spent years as volunteers and staff at different community organizations. The more brokenness we saw in our community, the more we wanted to be a part of the change. Some issues we witnessed that impact our youth: Lack of a father at home, violence amongst the youth, discrimination by the law towards people of color, substance abuse, lack of healthy role models, etc. Armed with experience and my International Business Degree, my wife and I decided that we couldn’t just fold our arms and watch, hoping that someone else would do something about these issues. CryOut! was our response. We relocated from Los Angeles to Renton, Washington and now pour our lives into the youth every day. We decided making a difference is providing a place where they can use music, dance and art as an outlet. A place where they can get help with their education, assistance to become more employable and ready for their lives as adults before adulthood arrives. It’s been about 5 years now since we founded CryOut!, and since then we’ve served over 300 students, built a music studio, a computer lab, recorded music videos and albums, participated in annual youth development projects, held elementary summer camps, and had youth internship programs to develop leadership and make them more employable.