Rapper Kevin Gates visits teens at Youth Challenge Program

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(3/20/19) A person’s life is shaped by their experiences. Who was good to them, lessons they learned the hard way, things that made them stronger etc.

Rapper Kevin Gates is no stranger to trials and tribulations. Yet, he’s managed to become a successful artist in mainstream music.

On Friday, March 15th, Kevin Gates visited the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at the Gillis W. Long Center in Carville. Kevin came not only as a guest speaker, but also as a former cadet.

Gates attended the Youth Challenge Program in 2002 and was in 4th Platoon Wolfpack.

Upon arriving he shared a heartfelt reunion with his former cadre, Command Sergeant Major Dennis Sapp. He fondly spoke about his relationship with Sapp saying “You were hard on me, but you believed in me. Now that I look back, I appreciate everything that this program did for me. It gave me determination; it gave me hard work ethic. It also taught me respect.”

Gates went on to address the cadets and discussed how his time in the program allowed him to develop. “YCP was one of the best life changing experiences for me. I really started to see myself develop.”

He also applauded the cadets for having the drive to stay in the program and urged them to continue to build on the progress that they have made during their time. The remainder of his visit was spent offering words of encouragement to the young people.

“YCP took me away from the environment I was in and taught me teamwork and team building skills. It taught me leadership skills and determination,” said Gates.

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