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“I was adopted”

Jasen Komar walks west down Dakota Street toward South 13th in Milwaukee’s South Side Polonia neighborhood. Komar’s gait is brisk, and he walks with a smile on his face. “I feel like I’m the glue of my family, really.” he says. “You know, my family, we’re going through a lot ‘a things — we’ve been going through a lot ‘a things. I’m kind ‘a like the goofy one in the family, you know — I play too much, I’m outspoken sometimes.”

“I’ve gotten a job and I still go to school and everything”

Lexus Rosete-Degro sits on the corner of 13th and Burnham tending a food cart. The 14-year-old grew up around 20th and Lincoln on Milwaukee’s south side. She says, at times, it’s been difficult for her and her family. “You have to fight for your life and work hard,” said Rosete-Degro. “My parents and my family, they’ve all had a hard life and I, basically, try my best every day to help them out.”