I cut your hair while you were asleep,
My boyfriend said.
It was too long.
No girlfriend of mine will be looked
At by other guys. You’re mine. Them
Looking at you makes me scared.
I know that they can’t harm you by just looking, but
You never know. What if one day,
You’re walking down the street
And I’m not with you. A guy
Noticed you because your hair is so
He feels it’s love at first sight.
And since you’re my girl and will
Never leave, he kills you and himself
Because he won’t live without
You. I don’t want
Your beautiful hair to be the death of you. When
Your hair was long, full and curly
You looked amazing. You would wear
It down it would just fly in
The wind. Now you’re just plain.
You’re not that cute to die for.

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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