I know it relaxes you;
It makes you happy;
Stress seems to not exist,
But should it be your first resort?
It shouldn’t even your last resort.
This drug—this so-called
Relaxant doesn’t do much for you.
Sure it pleases your mind
Yet that harmful crash,
The crash that makes your body
You say you’ll protect me
But how come it seems like I’m your
Save yourself, before
You try to save others.
I want you to stop.
I need you to stop.
Even though you’re not doing it now,
There’s something called relapse.
Your mind is addicted.
Your soul is not.
I want you to stop.
I need you to stop.
I still may need you
So you can stop the crave.
Live for thee
Break free from addiction
And live free for me.

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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