andrew jenks world of jenks mtv 325 'World of Jenks' Andrew Jenks helps give young people in touch circumstances a voiceZap2it: How did the idea for “World of Jenks” come about?

Andrew Jenks: The idea was to give young people going through tough circumstances a voice that would not get a voice as wide as MTV. One issue I was keen on delving into was a young person facing death because there are obviously a lot of 20-year-olds that are going through terminal illness, or something that hard. And it would be tough to relate to that. … So we did all this research and met with different camps that take in young people over the summer, and we could not really find a young person that I felt really did the trick. And at one point in a meeting, I said, “Why don’t we just Google ‘young person cancer’?” And a blog came up. It was Kaylin, and I was reading the blog, and holy cow, she is able to articulate what she is going through well. [She wrote] “Chemo is sort of like the worst hangover you ever had, only you are going through it every day of your life.”

Zap2it: Is there a theme that links the subjects?

Andrew Jenks: I was interested in doing something on violence and someone sent me [D-Real‘s] video of dancing in the rain. We knew from the video his brother and best friend had both been shot in Oakland. … He was letting out his emotion the only way he knew how, which was dance, and then it turned out he was starting dance battles all over Oakland.