This play production is one that discusses the reality of urban youth but from their own perspective. This play that is written and performed in poetry verse and highlights untold narratives of youth who deal with odds against them such as poverty, academic distress, environmental imprisonment, violence, absent fathers, teen pregnancy and more. The play has been used to help identify the struggles and cultural behaviors of urban youth while also helping educators and even parents to understand this demographic of students. Students too have been able to get a better understanding of their own realities after witnessing this production. "The Odds Against U.S." not only vividly exhibits the odds against urban youth but it also shows them that they can overcome these barriers.