“I have met some young people who now hold a big piece of my heart. I love how they continually floor me with how amazing young leaders they are. I love so much watching them claim small victories every day whether it be a good grade, speaking up for themselves, or getting an interview opportunity. The energy and joy they exude is infectious and I always love sharing those moments.”
"Our youth are constantly giving back to community, making ends meet through their organizing, art, and storytelling. Through a sharing of healing and cultural practices we build community, re-ground ourselves, and stop as needed to prevent youth burnout. Our youth understand that our liberation is bound up with each others, so the need to work together, listen to each other, and love each other is crucial and ever so impactful in our collective movement towards liberation."
"I read heartfelt notes left on our community altar; heard shouts released during a video game competition and murmurs of quiet consolation in the counseling room; saw colorful marble painting activities and young people connecting over a card game; and listened to poems being read. Where else can we find all of that in the midst of painful experiences? Yet it’s key to healing and creating relationships that allow for transformative change."