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--you know, the skill of teaching that child -- every time I saw
a child who was helped to be more constructive in his role in the
community because that very skillful staff at Northside, who had,
as the undertow of their professional skill, their capacity to respect
these children as human beings, and to believe in their potentials
as human beings -- I was more and more sad, at this demonstration that
children could be saved, and that there was no possibility of our
having enough of the clinical facilities to save them. And we'd have
to be content with those few children who were accidentally available
So, with these kinds of ideas constantly building, to the
point of probably irritating other people on the staffy-you know, I got
so that almost at every staff meeting at Northside, I was constantly
saying, “What can we do for the other children?”
And it was obvious that we couldn't do anything for the other
children. The clinical budget is very -- that's it, you know.
Now, the HARYOU experience also came out of an accident.
And I'll tell you that accident. One day, I read in the NEW YORK TIMES
about the fact that some municipal agency -- I don't know whether
it was the Community Mental Health Board or its predecessor --had
given a grant of X hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Jewish
Board of Guardians, to set up some kind of youth serving program
in the Harlem community.
And when I read it, I hit the ceiling. I was furious.
And I guess I was furious on racial or ethnic grounds. There's no
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