The fact that I’m smiling
when I’m sad.
The fact that I’m laughing
when I’m angry.
The fact that no matter what
I won’t break this character,
but until I do.
I will lose the friends I thought I would have to infinity
are gone by the seconds.
In this day, this one day
Everything is gone and far.
So however I try to write it out,
to sing it out,
to SCREAM it out,
it’s there
and it’s crappy.
It’s called loneliness.
The fact that stress will never go away.
The fact that hate never fades away.
The fact that now an enemy is called a friend.
The fact that I’m angry and I can’t be.
So I must put a smile;
tell a joke, and laugh;
when inside
everything is crumbling.

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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