A Horrible Fight On A Good Day

It was my goddaughter’s confirmation party. We were all at her house. It was her parents, brothers, sisters, her sister’s boyfriend, me, the homies, Monique, Renea, Sheila, Kaylan, and some other people. We were all watching a movie and then we started to eat some beef and rice. It was really good. After eating, we all went outside to talk and hang out. We ended up going to the store across the street.

When we got back home, two of my goddaughter’s older brothers came over. They all ate and I went inside the house to use the restroom. When I came out, her dad and one brother (the oldest) were arguing. I was about to go outside when her dad came out of the room with a knife. It’s not one of those small ones, I mean, it’s one of those big ones that Mexicans use to chop down a tree or when they are walking through a forest full of vines, and they use that to cut the vines down to get through. But anyways, her dad starts going after the brother and then I almost got hit in the face.

This was a scary moment. I started crying a lot and couldn’t move. Thank goodness nothing happened and her brothers left.

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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.

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