• Dear Alternative Family Services,  

             We are writing to you because we believe we can make an impact in the health services for Foster children.We have learned that Alternative Family services

    • Dear Ariana and Alondra,
      I am very intrigued and interested in your post “Creating a Change in Foster Care Health”. This topic is not really touched upon or even brought up in any case at all. And I love that you guys have brought it out into the light. We never notice or I thin even pay attention how much children suffer from being in alternative family services at times. I also enjoyed how you were able to tie in your experience and view on being in alternative family services since you did go through process. There are question and doubts that do arise in me after reading this. “The requirement of a biological parent having to be present in medical emergencies needs to be changed. It’s possible that this policy was made with the intention to keep the kids close to their biological parents, but in reality some kids might not have a good relationship with them.” This quote specifically bring attentions and your reasoning of why there needs to be permission of having your biological parents there. One thing to consider or look at is answer the question: why are they notifying my biological parents and will it be beneficial in the end? You have to look at both sides. Yes, it could be traumatizing and scary for the child, but one could never actually know what is going on through a parent’s mind. Another thing I was going to bring up is how you use the word propaganda constantly in your research. Usually, propaganda is usually used in the knowledge that t is used to persuade or create a bias for people to believe. Is the “propaganda” used in this used to create a bias or is it to help bring awareness to the situation?
      Overall, I think you guys did a great job. I really like how you guys looked into this topic further and tried to collect as much information as possible. Keep up the great work!

  • Ariana commented on the post, Why Not? 3 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Naveen,
    I am perplexed by your poem “Why Not?”, because I don’t understand what the poem was meant to be talking about. Something you could have done differently when publishing this poem was to give background information in the beginning about what the poem was supposed to be talking about. When you wrote ‘ “Fortnite” player Brendan Hic…[Read more]

  • I will keep your suggestions for next time. 🙂

    A few questions I have for you are..

    • What is a preservice teacher?
    • What do you do as a teacher to make sure your students that come from the foster system to feel safe and aren’t distracted by everything that is happening to them?
  • Ariana commented on the post, Love 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Hannah,

    Thank you so much for reading my poem. The part if your comment that stood out to me was when you put in a quote that reminded you of what I wrote- “ It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are” by Roy E. Disney. This stood out to me because I haven’t seen a comment that has included a quote that the comment…[Read more]

  • Ariana commented on the post, OUSD School Meals 6 months ago

    Dear Roberto,

    I like your blog “OUSD School Meals”, because you talk about how it is important that people eat good food in school or they won’t be focused in their classwork. One sentence that stood out to me is when you wrote “Additionally, some students receive free lunch or reduced lunch, but still they would rather not eat than eat somethi…[Read more]

  • Dear Kenya,

    I like your blog “Police Brutality Cause and Effect in Oakland”, because you talk about how police brutality impacts people and the community along with the effects police brutality has on the people and the community. One sentence that stood out to me is when you wrote “Oakland has been affected by this factor because police offic…[Read more]

  • Dear Christina,

    I am amazed by your essay “Gentrification is Hurting Us” because you talk about the realities happening in our community that people might be afraid to talk about. One part in your essay that stood out to me is where you talk about how rent is increasing and the impact it has on people. I love how you included a picture of a cha…[Read more]

  • When interviewing Brenda Rosas, a foster parent, I realized that there are problems in the foster system that aren’t talked about, such as the way that foster children are treated in the system and how people a

    • I will keep your suggestions for next time. 🙂

      A few questions I have for you are..

      • What is a preservice teacher?
      • What do you do as a teacher to make sure your students that come from the foster system to feel safe and aren’t distracted by everything that is happening to them?
    • Hi Ariana, I really enjoyed reading your post on the foster care system. I also wrote an article about the foster care system and have also noticed that many of the children there are not being treated right. Like you mentioned how children are not being supported or cared for by their foster parents. Although, this might not always happen, there are many other cases where foster families have supported children which is amazing and hopefully there are more families like this. In your posts you have made some really good points and more people should look deep into this issue and can help the kids in the foster system.

  • Ariana commented on the post, The Scars of Hate 7 months ago

    Dear Joseph,

    I am intrigued by your poem because you made your poem rhyme and that made it really interesting and fun to read. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Apparently the strength of hate is unconditional, Yet whenever I see the word it’s only two dimensional”. This stood out to me because I feel like its true but also it ca…[Read more]

  • Ariana wrote a new post, Love 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Love

    Love- an intense feeling of deep affection
    According to google love is just a feeling,
    To me love is, unexplainable,
    It is something words can’t describe,
    Love, It is lucky to be found like the treasure t

    • Dear Ariana
      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry, it was really good! My favorite line was “Love, it is lucky to be found like the treasure that is hidden underground where the X marks the spot only to find that X is nowhere to be found” I liked this line because it is a great metaphor for how rare and hard it is to find true love. A second line that was very powerful to me was “It is a privilege we often take for granted, now a days we throw “I love you’s” like it doesn’t mean anything “ I liked this line a lot because saying I love you should mean something when you say it. Some people take it for granted when it should be cherished. This poem reminded me of the quote “ It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are” by Roy E. Disney. It reminded me of this quote because Romeo and Juliet felt true love for each other, that’s why when Juliet saw that Romeo was dead she made the decision to kill herself too. Thank you for sharing your poem with me and I look forward to reading your next post!
      -Hanna

      • Dear Hannah,

        Thank you so much for reading my poem. The part if your comment that stood out to me was when you put in a quote that reminded you of what I wrote- “ It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are” by Roy E. Disney. This stood out to me because I haven’t seen a comment that has included a quote that the commenter puts in. Look forward to hearing back!

    • Hey Ariana,
      I love how you write your poetry! Infact, my favorite part of your poem was ”Now a days we throw “I love you’s” like it doesn’t mean anything”. I love it because it shows how real love is hard to find, and that what Romeo and Juliet had was real. And I also like how you keep repeating the words “some people” that way you can tell the difference between “love” now and in a story. I really like your poem, and I look forward to seeing what else you upload :)))

    • Hello Tania, I really loved your poem on “love.” In your poem, you said, “Some people give love about a hundred tries, some people just give up.” I thought this line was an amazing way to end your poem because it triggered an emotional appeal and at the same time it made me want to read more even though it was the end. I noticed you connected your poem on what love is to Romeo and Juliet and I think you did amazing. I like how you describe love as something that is hard to find and I agree with you about how you said many people throw the word “love” around too many times because even I use it on people who I don’t necessarily “love.” Overall, great job on your poem!

  • Ariana commented on the post, My Shadow Box 9 months ago

    Dear Martha,

    I love your shadow box. I think your shadow box is cool because it has pictures of you when you were little and it shows your childhood. I like how you put a flower to show the stereotypes that women are delicate. My favorite line that you wrote is “ I put flowers because they represent how society stereotypes females as delicate l…[Read more]

  • Dear Kassandra,

    I am impressed with your shadow box because I love how you put in pictures from magazines showing the Dominant Narrative that women need to be skinny when that’s not true. I think that you made a really good point when you explained it in detail in showing the counter narrative. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is w…[Read more]

  • This shadow box represents 3 of my identities which are being a female, being Mexican, and being an older sister. When people look at me, they see a Latina girl who is proud to be who she is but put down by all

    • Dear, Ariana,

      I am happy about how your shadow box turned out. I know you didn’t have a lot of time to work on it, but you still worked hard and made your shadow box looked fantastic. I appreciate the work you put into that. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is ¨I see myself as a young independent person who is HONORED to be a Latina feminist in the Oakland community¨. I liked that sentence because you are showing how proud you are to be who you are.
      Thank you for your writing! I look forward to seeing your fabulous writing in the future because your work are always amazing, like this shadow box post!

    • Dear Ariana,
      One sentence that stood out to me was how you added pictures of your childhood it shows your family. It also shows me how you are showing that your family is important to you.
      Another part that I liked was the colors of your box made it so colorful and attracting to look at.
      Great work on your artist statement too you rock!
      Sincerely, martha

    • Dear Ariana

      Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Isis Smith and I am a student at Fremont High School.
      Something I liked about your work was the pictures you put in to describe who you are and what you put inside and how you did it.
      Something I have a question about is why did you put those pictures and are they special and important to you. Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. And you can see it because I finished.
      Thank You!

    • Dear Ariana,
      Thank you for putting yourself out there and expressing things that are important to you as a Latina Feminist. I really enjoyed looked at and reading about your shadow box because you talked a lot about false narratives that people immediately assume about you due to your ethnicity. I too have received the same treatment, and I can agree that people will always think what they want to. However, I really love that you are sticking true to yourself no matter what others think of you, and recognize how much power and strength you hold in being a Latina feminist in the Oakland community.

  • Dear Kami,

    I love how you put in your ballet shoes in your box to fight the stereotypes. I also love how you put in different color beads on the top of your box to show your three flags. Another part that I liked is where you talk about the lotion your grandma gave you 3 years ago and you want to keep it as long as you can to show your…[Read more]

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