Philly's Invisible Youth

on 17 December 2015


By Laura Rena Murray in Philadelphia, Pa.

Photos by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz for Al Jazeera America

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2015

When he was in high school, Darion* played basketball, football, baseball, track — every sport he possibly could. Not because the lanky teenager had ambitions of making the big time. His dreams were simpler: staying dry, warm and indoors — a refuge, however temporary from the streets. He was 16, he says, when the woman who had adopted him from the foster care system kicked him out of her home. Four years later, he still kept himself awake at night by walking the streets.