Barry Goins

Age: 20
High School: Hazelwood Central High
College: Florissant Valley
Favorite Books: Captain Underpants, The Divine Comedy, Of Mice and Men
Favorite Movies: Undercover Brother, Pulp Fiction, Step Brothers, Soul Men
Favorite Actors: Idris Elba, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Will Smith
Favorite Artists: Bootsy Collins, Eric Benet, Will Downing, Mac Miller, Sade, Maxwell, Chris Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Roy Ayers, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Pimp C, Joeyba$$, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G, Black Hippy
Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends, Singing/ playing/ making Music, Underwater Basket Weaving, Dancing, Golfing, Rapping

Reflections: Although I had no knowledge of the Sweet Potato Project before the first day, I am glad I came. Throughout the time I spent with the other members as well as Mr. Brown, I came to enjoy this program, and I would like to help sell the products and see this program prosper for youth after me.

The Sweet Potato Project is a program dedicated to the betterment of the black community. However, to me it means something different. This project to me means an opportunity to uplift, do some actual good in the community. It also serves as a way that we can show the adults that look down on the “generation Y”, and even show my peers that there are ways that youth can do something productive, and be an asset to the community around them. There are some youth in the world who don’t have someone from an older generation such as Mr. Brown, that cares enough about our generation and by starting this program took the first steps towards bridging the monumental gap that exists between my generation, and the one before mine.

If we could fund this program and bring the two generations together, and create a powerful force for the good of all communities, not just the Black community. We could have Sweet Potato Boys & Girls Clubs, Gardens, Restaurants, Bakeries, and so much more. I personally believe that this idea that Mr. Brown has can work. However, it would take the collaboration of the two generations, and would create the ideal community-one that has not forgotten that it takes a village to raise a child; one with new technology but old principals, and values.

By planting these seeds today, we could grow a better future for tomorrow.