Elsie Varn Harrell ¦ Author Long before I even thought about writing seriously, I wrote. As a teenager, if I had a fight with my boyfriend, I would write pages and pages about how I felt about things and him in particular. I guess it was my way of letting off steam. I know I … Continue reading WRITING IS GOOD THERAPY
“Every day, mentors in communities across our Nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch, or just listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child’s life.” –President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Mentoring Month. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is … Continue reading Be the Change. Mentor.
Imagine what it is like to be just 14, but have suffered abuse at home, being told that you are not wanted, or realizing that the streets would be safer than sure injury from someone in your family. Imagine being too young to get a job or a place to live, but having to live … Continue reading These are not “bad” kids.
Growing Up In Stop Six My name is Christopher, and I'm a student at Jacquet Middle School. Growing up in Stop Six is like having heaven and hell coming together as one. There is good and bad in this community. Nothing is perfect. I moved from one side of Ramey to the other, and to … Continue reading Pencils and Pages From Stop Six #26
My name is Love, and I'm a student at Jacquet Middle School. When I joined Writing for the Soul Workshop™, I simply wanted to learn how to make money promoting my story. But when I was offered an Internship, I realized that I could do so much more to help kids like me that have … Continue reading Love Bizzell is making an impact!
Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up with the constant threat of death in your neighborhood, or the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss? What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost … Continue reading Pencils and Pages From West Central Sports Complex
Never Give Up This night changed my life. I remember it like yesterday. It was a Saturday night around 12 pm when my mom comes home and she's really drunk. She goes into my sister's room and then started fighting and screaming. They started hitting each other. Me, I was in my room praying to … Continue reading Pencils and Pages From Stop Six
Man, I LOVED being outside. What my elders used to say, “Out there in those streets where you ain got no bitness bein.” From nine years old, the earliest recollection I have of my childhood, you couldn’t tell me NOTHIN. Hell yeah, I loved being in the streets where I was jumped at least once … Continue reading Footnotes on My Journey by Nichole Pace
Product of my Environment Truth be told, I don't want to say that I'm just like you because we're all different and unique in our own way. Honestly, some have said that I'm worse than most. They've said things like, "Jerel, you're possessed by demon." or things like "Death is following you." In my youth … Continue reading We all have a story to tell. This is mine.
No Child is Born Bad I was born into a single mother family, just me and my mom. I was always alone. Alone to deal with my traumas by myself with no guidance. Life put me through the ringer very early in life. At the tender age of just four-years-old, I was two feet tall. … Continue reading I’m a survivor, and here’s my story.