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 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.

Home

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

Home is a place I enjoy being.
Not literally where I fall asleep every night,
And wake up every morning.
Home is a place where I’m surrounded by people I love,
And who love me in return.
Home is where I can be myself,
Not feeling alone.

Learn

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

Learn to appreciate the life around you,
Learn to never question your capabilities.
Learn to get back up if you can, while you struggle,
or without a doubt after it.
Learn to have fun despite the reasons you feel you shouldn’t.
Learn to be yourself and live proud of it.
Learn to be forgiving and understanding,
But most of all, learn who you want to be.
Learn how much your father loves you,
and how much your mother loved you, too.
Even if you feel your mother has abandoned you.
Learn to appreciate you got to meet her.
Learn to love yourself,
and learn to appreciate even what you cannot see.

I can. I will. I did.

Nothing surprises WWW when it comes to amazing instructors.  Kacey & Rosa are no exception.  WWW Program Director Kacey Sutton & Instructor Rosa Castellanos tirelessly inspire & empower young women, steering them back on track – fearlessly.  They serve justice, reduce crime & make the community a happier & safer place to be.  Tonight’s graduation is just one example.
I can.  I will.  I did.  Donated canisters to WWW.

I can. I will. I did. Donated canisters to WWW.

“I can.  I will.  I did,” was written on donated canisters, sitting next to framed photos taken during The Write of Your Life workshops.  One canister sat at each student’s place setting in preparation for the graduation dinner, which featured a fun video recap of the 10 week program.  Mexican food and hot pink cupcakes helped liven the festivities.  Afterall, why not?  It was time to honor these amazing young women for their successful completion of The Write of Your Life.  Graduation dinner.
WWW is all of OUR home, so don’t forget to KEEP COMING BACK so we can keep using  our experiences to empower another.  Thank you K & R for bringing your empowerment to WWW & making a positive difference in lives of these young women.

Winter 2013 Graduation

Winter 2013 Graduation

Xo,
WWW
P.S. See you at our WWW Youth Art Exhibit 2/14 11-3pm (RCAA Lemon/University) AND SAVE THE DATE for our monthly social, March 5, 5-7pm, Youth Opportunity Center, 2060 University Avenue, Riverside. 
KEEP COMING BACK…IT WORKS!