Paralyzed from a gunshot wound 20 years ago, a CLE man is encouraging youth to put down the guns

CLEVELAND - A Northeast Ohio man is using his second chance at life to steer troubled youth away from his past. Jamil Bey lost feeling in his legs 20 years ago and now he is on a mission to prevent youth in Cleveland from making the same mistakes he did.

"What I remember is gunshots and running, and I was laying on the ground- paralyzed,” said Bey. "It actually felt like my body was detached. "I was out in the streets."
 
He said part of the problem: many youths are having an identity crisis.

"I try to deal with culture and commerce- I teach them who they are,” said Bey. "When I was young, I didn't anybody to teach me this stuff. I didn't find out who I was until I got 30 something years old. The youth, don't have any value for each other, because they don't know who they are."
 
Bey said he uses history and his success as a businessman to convince kids to put down drugs and guns.

"I made way more money doing positive things than I made selling drugs," he said.
 
Bey organization continues to meet with youth across northeast Ohio. Right now, they're working on scheduling another class.
 

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