As a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine, that is not what I see. I see amazingly resilient young people who are missing out on three of the sparks that they need to thrive — feeling safe, being free of worry, and having optimism for the future. I see young people who can't sleep at night because they saw a friend or family member injured or murdered by gun violence. I see young people who wear their grief as tattoos etched into their skin as permanent tombstones attesting to their trauma. I see substance use as an escape that leaves young people high and unbothered, but undermines their brain development and motivation to do the hard work necessary to fulfill their dreams. I see students working hard, desperate for a future, but whose educational opportunities pale in comparison to what those in surrounding counties can realize.