Jermaine Crawford is only 17 but he has had experiences that have taken him on some unusual adventures. Best known for his starring role on the critically acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire,” Jermaine brilliantly played Duquan “Dukie” Weems – a lovable yet homeless teen. Jermaine’s portrayal brought to light the complex troubles of a homeless teenager struggling to survive without losing his innocence on the callous streets of Baltimore.

Jermaine’s research for the role led him to an astonishing reality, a reality he could not ignore…the problem of teenage homelessness. Jermaine says, “Teenage homelessness” inspires you to really do something. You wanna make a change any way you can. I know for a fact that if half of the people who label the kids “troublesome” extended a hand, they could have a positive impact on the kids’ lives.” So, he’s doing something to help the real Dukies of America.

Jermaine created CODE BLUE: reviving a generation. CODE BLUE is a campaign that was created to bring awareness of – and to fight against those issues that threaten youth. The color blue stands for the collective theme of youth, empowerment, spirituality, loyalty and, change. Jermaine feels this is what our youth need. CODE BLUE will be a united voice to bring about change to empower and inspire our youth spiritually, physically and, emotionally. CODE BLUE can save the next generation…the next generation of politicians, professionals and community activists.

CODE BLUE has now joined forces with some of Hollywood’s best known young actors and actresses to produce a video via the internet to raise money to support the National Network for Youth and bring awareness to teenage homelessness in America.

CODE BLUE is also producing a one-hour television documentary focusing on homeless teens entitled TEENAGE AND HOMELESS IN AMERICA -“CHANGE IS GONNA COME.”

To learn more about CODE BLUE, please visit


November 9, 2009

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