People go the wrong way
Because the right way is not an option.
Yet I seem to wait for the day it’s adoption.
I don’t like the system, I don’t want to be here.
I cry everyday, a tear after tear.
I want a new way and I search every path.
And since I keep moving, I hate school and I struggle in math.
I pray a new way but the judge says “not today”.
And I’m just waiting for a path, the better, a new way,
Cause every single day it’s the same one.
And year after year I’m longing for my family to come.
Day after day I struggle for an answer in reply,
But since I don’t have the answer I choose to lie.
Sometimes I don’t know why I cry and
Sometimes I don’t know why I try.
I’m tired of crying and tired of trying,
Sometimes I am smiling but inside I’m dying.
Today I have court once again,
They are trying to put me on something for my depression.
I think the solution is that I need to go home,
Cause in this place, I feel so alone.
I miss everyone, my family, friends and best friend.
Sometimes I feel hopeless to the point where it’s the end.

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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