Louisiana 8

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 49

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 16/12/1965

PLACE OF BIRTH: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana (near Lafayette)

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: black

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: seeking bachelor’s degree

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

At the time of this recording, subject had just moved to San Diego, California, to attend university.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Tina Burkhalter (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/10/2015

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

[I was] born in 1965, second of five kids. Growing up wasn’t easy for us. Me and my mom did it alone, but we managed. I graduated from high school, and two years later I had my first kid, got married and gave birth to two more. Unfortunately, my marriage failed and I was forced to bring up my three kids alone, but I managed — managed so well that all three of my kids are successful. Throughout my journey, we’ve met a lot of friends. My kids were active athletes, so they were popular and had lots of friends also, enough for me to realize that young kids deal with or don’t know how to deal with life. And this is what led me to Ashford University to study behavioral science in hopes of receiving my bachelor’s degree, um, hopefully next year, so that I could reach my goal and provide life skills to juvenile delinquents that have entered in … was released from institutions with hopes of never returning. I presently work with a group here in the city where I live. Um, it’s named Kyle’s Promise, where we service 134 kids. It’s a wonderful program. But I learn a lot: how kids deal, or how they can’t deal with some of the issues that their parents are dealing with, basically, um, fathers being institutionalized. So we are trying to work on breaking that cycle and allowing the kids to live in a different environment.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Tina Burkhalter (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/12/2015

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