Part I

Two big birds fly passed my eyes.
Untouchable to me on this other side.
Inside a viewable lie.
Outside, a perfect disguise, of something that is the same.
This side makes me realize,
How trapped I feel.
So tempting to go to the other side,
To something so unreal.
This false reality a beautiful dangerous place,
Like a person who puts on a false face.
I’m writing from the inside,
Walking now to the outside, as I say, welcome
To the other side.

Part II

I see the big birds now in my reach, but they
Fly away from my grasp.
I should have stayed on the inside. I think I was
Closer to them than before, but now it is a
Closeness that does not last.

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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