Youth Speak: The Boston Marathon Bombings

“Another madman on a rampage.”

Parker, 17
I was at school when I heard the news. Someone casually said there was a bombing in Boston. I didn’t think anything big of it and thought it was another madman on a rampage.

Whenever I hear about these terrorist attacks, my personal safety gets crushed because now I have a thought of, “What if it happens close to Fresno?” Just the fact that something big like this would happen within our own country is frightening. But 9/11 and now this only bring out the patriotism in people.

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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