Happily Be

Poem from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014) by The Write of Your Life™ Student

As she walks through the door after school,
there were things that were secret, only she knew.
She knew objects would be thrown.
She knew the names would be called.
She knew pain would greet her.
She knew inside would explode, flooding with pain.
She knew hate in her veins would begin to thrust.
She knew her scream would be heard by none.
She knew nobody that would attempt to make it stop.
None of this was new.
She had gone through a lot, even some growth.
She will not let her school be affected.
She will not let the pain define her.
Without friends, she is left with her brilliance,
and her mask of childish laughter and her joy
that conceals a life of horror that is true.
But she is not alone.
There is one thing she has―her books.
What she loves is to read about happy things,
about magical places that are faraway, peaceful and safe.
When she reads, she can feel that sort of happiness
she likes to wear on her mask for all to see.
The great happiness that she swears and dares
to someday be with her book in hand, always free.

I am Me and I am Proud

Excerpt from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your L!fe™ Anthology (to be released Spring 2015)

When you call me fat, do not worry.
I know it is you,
not me that has to change.
I know I am beautiful just the way I am.
I care less of what people think,
because I know and celebrate the real me.
You may call me stupid;
but I know I am intelligent and smart beyond my years.
Look at the way I expose my real self.
I am me and I am proud.
Hope is what I want.
Not for me, but for you,
to see that I am beautiful just the way I am.

Dear Bully

Poem from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your L!fe™, Anthology (to be released Spring ’15) by WWW Student

Dear Bully,
You’re wrong!
I know who I am.
Smart, beautiful, and funny.
You might not like that,
but it’s because you’re JEALOUS.
Believe in yourself.
You are wonderful, too.
I understand you.
But, just know,
You don’t have to be a BULLY.

Dear Victim

Poem from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014) by The Write of Your Life™ Student

Dear Victim,
I know it was WRONG,
You are beautiful, smart, and funny.
I just wanted to feel the same.

Father’s Words

Excerpt from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014)

Learn the good in me, not the bad
But if you so happen to learn the bad, learn from it.
Learn to stay on your toes.
Learn to take care of yourself, you don’t need a man’s help.
Learn to work hard for the things you want.
Learn to stay happy.
Learn to always get up and try again.

Hands

Excerpt from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your L!fe™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014)

These hands that are blessed with movement.
These hands that are active and playful with my son.
These hands that hold and comfort loved ones.
These hands that wipe away the tears of the little one.
These hands that my son will grow up in.
These hands that will wrap around him and hold him.

I Want to Tie a Balloon to My Insecurities

Excerpt from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014)

I want to tie a balloon to my insecurities.
I want to officially let them free, to rise and lift away.
And as they rise, I will be different.
I will be able to speak my mind on whatever it is I want.
To let go of my insecurities.
I will be able to truly be myself.
And not have a care in the world.
If my hair’s a mess or my outfit just isn’t the best.
Because it simply shouldn’t matter.
Something I must remember is, those who mind, don’t matter.
And those who matter don’t mind.

The Woman Bottled Up in Me

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The Woman Bottled Up in Me

Poem from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014) by The Write of Your Life™ Student

She is confident.
She isn’t afraid to stand tall and take eyes away from her feet.
She isn’t afraid of falling, so she doesn’t.
She’s like a flower blooming so strong and beautiful.
But she’s so deep down and out of reach I fear I won’t find her.
My desire to be this person is so great.
But my habit of wondering what everyone is thinking of me is in my way.
If I let that go then maybe I can stand tall too.

Go Big or Go Home: Nikki’s 10 Day Countdown to Teen Summit

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WWW Co-Founder Nikki Randolph on Left with Jessica, WWW Student at Moreno Valley Graduation

by Debra Postil

When you post a blog, you’re sending thoughts, hopes, and opinions out to the Universe in hopes of moving someone or at least, being heard.  It’s the same feeling when you publish a book, deliver a speech or start a company.  You take a leap of faith and hope for the best.  Giving kids a forum – to say what they want to say, paint what the want to paint, and write what they want to write – has been WWW’s focus for the past couple years.  Slow and steady – we’re empowering one youth, one group, one neighborhood at a time – because they deserve it.

For the past three months, Co-Founder Nikki Randolph has been reminding WWW’s upcoming Teen Summit Planning Committee, “GO BIG OR GO HOME!”

So here’s to Nikki – BRING IT!

April 20th – California Baptist University – STOP THE PAIN TEEN SUMMIT

Last Count = 350 Attendees.  Target Goal = 600.  Days Left = 10.

Register FREE at EventBrite.com – and don’t make Nikki go home.

New York Times Bestselling Author Dave Pelzer to Deliver Keynote Speech at Teen Summit

by Debra Postil

RIVERSIDE – Dave Pelzer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Child Called “It,” will kick off April 20th’s Stop the Pain Teen Summit with his Help Yourself For Teens presentation.  Dave will offer youth a message of accountability and resilience no matter their past or hardships.  Growing up, Dave was viciously beaten and starved by his mother, an alcoholic and emotionally unstable woman.  She tortured Dave with games that nearly left him dead.  But Dave kept his willpower to survive despite being treated as a slave and a child called, “It.”

Stop the Pain is a Teen Summit for youth (ages 12-22) and their Parents, co-hosted by Women Wonder WritersThe Positive Results Corporation and Street Positive on Saturday April 20th from 9-4 p.m. at California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA (xAdams).  The day will promote healthy dating relationships, internet and social media safety, self-defense and bully-defense, suicide prevention, substance-abuse prevention, sex-trafficking prevention, and stories of resilience alongside panel discussions with real-life survivors.

Register for FREE at Eventbrite.com (Search “Stop the Pain Teen Summit”). Spanish & sign-language sessions will be available.

Don’t forget, “Your experiences—the good, the bad, and the ugly–are what make YOU. No person is without conflict – but it is how you deal with those conflicts that determines who you are,” Dave Pelzer.  See you at the Summit!