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Ask Me, Don't Tell Me (1961)

San Francisco gang members contribute to society working on community service projects.

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Short film documenting the 'Youth for Service' program in San Fransico which gives gang members something positive to do and helps give them a sense of purpose. The program assigns projects to members of these 'jacket clubs' in which they help out the under privileged and elderly. Written by Rellik

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An interesting historical curio, but it does seem very dated.
19 June 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a public service film about youth gone wild and a program (Youth for Service) to keep these kids busy doing constructive things with their energy. The film is introduced by one of the squarest and least interesting public officials and these "untamed youth" seem amazingly non-threatening. Narration ranged from super-square and robotic white guys to black hipsters--creating a very strange mix indeed! Some of the stuff in the film seems impressive though some seems very naive (such as the program providing no guidance and assuming the teens will figure it out on their own!). Interestingly, when I checked I found that YFS still exists in San Francisco, though what it's currently doing I have no idea.


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