There is a long narrow tunnel,
filled with pain, shrowded with misery.
Love and happiness is behind me,
while fire and agony lies in the front.
As I glance ahead of the fire, and agony,
I see success and pride.
I stop to think about which way to go,
an old soul once said, “to leave the past
behind you, and to never go back.”
When I look past success and pride,
I see irony. Which is a few steps short
of pleasure. Following that is the worst
thing that I ever seen.
“Death…” but after that would be the best,
“Heaven…” I have made my decision,
and I take a deep breath to begin my journey.

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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