[five_sixth_last] [box_light]In response to David Mas Masumoto’s column in The Fresno Bee on November 28, 2010, youth from The kNOw took on the challenge of writing their own six-word memoirs.[/box_light] (Jana)
Lost innocence,
never to be returned.

Purple cows.
Exploration, imagination.
Extraordinary day.

I cry,
he laughs.
Everything lost.


Partial memories,
unsatisfied goals.
Mission impossible.


I said please,
she said no.

Saw my chance,
didn’t take it.

Two brothers,
one sister,
never met.


Waited so long,
finally found her.


Strong passion.
I write,
we cry.


Happiness, poverty,
In the same

I should’ve
got the
red Wii.

Having major
loss of
spinal fluid.


painful death,
no more diapers.


The abusage,
the usage,
the revolution.

Any person.
Nobody makes
change alone.


Black girl,
Asian culture,
not hers.

Forgotten woman,
polishing shards
of dreams.

The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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