# TEDxMileHigh – Bobby Lefebre – Social Worker

On September 6, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie

Translator: Helena Bowen

Reviewer: Denise RQ When I tell people what I do for a living they often respond by saying things like, “Bless your soul, that must be difficult,” and my all time favorite, “It’s so nice to see someone

not working for the money.” (Laughter) I’m a social worker. I attended the wounds of people

crucified to circumstance. Carry hope and band-aids in my briefcase, share my own scars for street cred. I work with kids who see

their probation officers more than their fathers. They wear sagging pants

and their parents’ mistakes. Introduce themselves

as accidents waiting to happen; they are a Hollyhood

casting director’s wet dream. Tattooed with a temper, do-ragged D-boys,

Boyz n the Hood, mi vida loca. They speak in sign language because they have been taught

they are voiceless. Marginalization is the chip

on their shoulder. It is so heavy they walk with a limp,

pass it off as swag. Their fingers, more familiar with pipes

than pencils, eyes smoked closed, paint their world view the color of devils

as they search for God, or anyone else they can just look up to. Each one has a story. Emilio wants to change, so he keeps

a lucky penny in his pants pocket along with the quarter I gave him

to call with whenever he is in need. In the desperation of his 15-year-old eyes I see more potential than an idea

Rivera never manifested on a canvas. He makes the city his. Scribes pieces of his soul into windows not knowing his pain

is as transparent as the glass. Sprays a masked moniker

underneath street lamps so he always shines brighter

than the darkness of his insecurities. He left his self-esteem

next to a cigarette butt at the bottom of a bottle

bought by relatives who see no problem feeding fires. He screams in spontaneous combustion, but believes nobody is listening,

so he commits another crime. He likes going to court, because there, at least he knows that someone

is paying attention to his sentences. I am his social worker

attempting to make sense of his syntax. He didn’t fall through the cracks;

they swallowed him. I have seen it happen in broad daylight. Sun turning the other cheek

cowering behind the clouds. Concrete quicksand

traps youth like Venus fly. Homies who claim to have backs,

front, offering no help, and so many of our kids are sinking. Emilio asks me for direction, but there is only one way

to go from where he is. I show him his heartbeat is his compass. We look at the scars on his psyche, I ask if he is ready to replace them

with dirt underneath his fingernails; he asks me how

he is supposed to escape the sand. I remind him he cannot ask

for one to guide his footsteps if he is not willing

to move his feet first. I speak in cliches; talk of butterflies

and phoenixes, and of hip hop, and of so many ugly things

that have bloomed into beauty. I speak in truths; I tell him

I don’t know if things will be OK. I show him statistics are stalking him

and prisons plan housewarming parties. I tell him the streets, they don’t change,

but I know that people do. Hope is not a helium balloon

that’s slipped from our fingertips; we do not have to watch

potential float away. I am a social worker. I work with kids who learn

to spell stigma before their first names. But each one is an artist learning to draw

their own conclusions. Their pencils are heavy burdens

built without erasers on purpose, because sometimes the best thing

you can do is not go back. I am a social worker, and no,

I don’t do it for the money. I do it simply because

I still believe in people, and I really hope that you, and you,

and you, and you, and you, and all of you, still do too. (Applause) Thank you. (Applause)

I love being a social worker ✨ as long as it’s your passion your heart is rich😊

HUH

HEH

HOH

HEH

HEEEEEHHH

HUHHHHH

HOOOHHHHH

HU

HHHHHH

HUUUUUUU

HEEEEEE

Can someone post a timestamp of all his breaths.

Anyone Here For A Vine?

Found the vine. 😂

Dang he likes breathing

annoying new age

hehk!rappers/poetsWe just witnessed a man struggle through asthma while giving a powerful speech.

Anyone from the vine?

Coming here from the vine video

To all who commented about him saying heh…it is him taking a breath…perhaps a deep breath.

this man breathes so much he could run a marathon

I’m here from a meme

I laughed during the whole video😭😭😂😂😂

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HE HE HE

YOU, HEH , AND YOU, HEH, AND YOU, HEH

Heheheheheheheheheheh

😑😐😑😐😑😐😑😐😑😐

hehehehihihuhuihiehhehehehhe

Breath

i came from the breathing vine

Who came here from the vine?

VINE COMPILATION BROUGHT ME HERE

Makes me proud to be a Social Worker. People need to be educated on how amazing Social Work is. Yes, there are bad social workers but the profession itself is simply beautiful-wanting to empower others.

Solo rap battle

UGH his mind

Vine sent me here

Who else is here in 2018 after watching a ‘best vines video’ and seeing this guys ‘HEH’ vine haha.

He is much cooler than the vine led me to believe.

I wonder if he saw his vine!

No but his point is interesting. It was something like: hih huh hoo haa hih haa hii hoo

Cá họi tê vê đưa tao đến đây

you – heh – and you – heh – and you – heh – you – heh – and you -heh

👏🏼👏🏼❤️

inhalesHEHheheheheheheheheheheheheheheheh thank you

summary: "economically-challenged bald man spends 4 minutes gasping in an attempt to get laid"

I am a social work major, and we watched this in class today. It makes me tear up. I love this.

HEH HEH HEH HEH HE

hehSocial Workers: Angels on earth.

I cant listen to this

iT'S SAD that you can here the times he gasp for another breathe to continue to speak but lack to hear the importance of the message , and this is why our job is so important

Word!

Well said!! This is why I do what I do and will continue to strive to do better and be better for others. Amen! well said!

Preach it brother . I am a social worker. I believe people are good and can change .I am a social worker because I’m here to help out la Raza..

HEHWho’s Here From The Meme Video??

Huh he ha he ha Huh hu heaw he ha he heh huh huhuh

*Audience Applauses*2:56 has me deceased lol

Can someone get this man a inhaler

Help me. Vince ..

HEAUUUGHI feel bad that he got turned into a vine cuz what he’s talkin about is important lol

came for the vine, stayed for the fact that this is the first slam poem on ted ed that i found 😀

I came here from the vine. now I'm crying.

Anyone else here from vine?

This mans got so much fuckin oxogen rn

HEH

Someone please advocate for this guy to get a subsidized inhaler!

heh

3:07

This was a beautiful speech but all I can see is He HUh heE hUh vine

B R E A FHE HU HUE HAU HIU HEU HOU HAE

Lmao.

WAY too breathy and animated. Chill out and the speech would’ve been amazing.

i found this by googling "that one ted talk with the guy"

Came here for the hilarity of the vine, got feelings instead. I’m glad I saw this

0:41

0:51

0:59

1:11

BEST VINE EVER

Once you see it you can’t unsee it

Hahahahhaa 😂😂😂

HE HE GEH HA HE HI

Truth. All of it.

oh so this is the video that was in the vine

I came here from the memes

Orospu çocu

This was really good but all I can think about know is the vine…

This would of been amazing if it was a bit slower and not so many breathes. He is passionate!

So many people are analyzing his delivery, repeated use of the words, heavy breathing instead of listening to his message and enjoying his artistry with words. Most of you wouldn't come close delivering an inspiration speech nor could compose half a paragraph as well-thought out as his speech, yet want to feel superior by pointing out useless things that don't take away from the message he is trying to convey. I guess people forget the saying "don't throw stone if you live in a glass house."

Best speech. More like a spoken poetry; if i haven’t seen the meme first I would’ve cried

YOU OLDDDDDD

Here for the talk stayed for the vine

Time for A breather

More like social breather

If he keeps breathing in like that he’s gunna rupture his wing pipe!

From a 4th year social work student in New Zealand, i thank you for this.

I came here because of the meme 😶

Woooooow this lector has so strong opinion about the workers, that I cant stop listening. 1M best regards for your working team.

I typed in“ ted ed Bleu shirt guy" LOL

It brought me in to a meme

Someone get this man an inhaler

came here for the meme, stayed for the charisma

wink winkHow does it feel to be a meme?

he doesn't do it for the money

he does it for the vine

i grasped before the video.

Close your eyes and he sounds like Gerard Way

This Bobby guy looks a lot like someone from a vine

Who's here because of the vine

It's funny how I just seached "TedX inhaling guy" and the first video was actually the video 😂