• Depression has a lot to do with stress and stress leads to depression in a way. There’s so much situations and responsibilities that cause stress for the youth these days that it doesn’t surprise me that more and more young people are becoming depressed. This problem will probably be bigger in the future as well so hopefully we can reduce it by…[Read more]

  • Well this is how stress managed to get to me for the week. I personally think I did good though 🙂


    Stress chart link for the week of 7/16/18 – 7/22/18



    • I wasn’t too sure about how to think about this article when I first clicked on it, but I’m glad I did. Bladimiro, you’ve really enlightened me here. I think that the whole idea of tracking your own personal thoughts was something that really resonated with me. Plus, the strategies you used to try and cope with the stress in your life. Try this resource for more ideas to help: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/manage-stress.aspx

    • Bladimiro, this article gave me so much joy. Not only was I able to relate to your problems, but I was forced to sit and think about how I handle my own stress. I don’t personally release stress through anger, but instead intense emotional breakdowns. I too am a bit of a procrastinator, which only causes further stress, but maybe trying something like journaling will help me keep it in check. Thanks for this thought-provoking submission.

  • I choose to handle stress by quickly releasing it in burst of anger but in a safe way. An example would be punching my pillow or screaming into for a short amount of time. I think this method will work best for me

  • I think the agricultural industry should halt the usage of creating GMO’s in flora for all the risks and cons it creates. Cons like helping bugs build immunity to pesticides faster, consumption creating health problems, and environmental problems GMO’s create.

  • I support your claim and believe all should have an equal chance to make it in a country like the U.S.A which was built off immigrants. There are many reasons why migrants come here such as to pursue better lives, work, family, to get away from problems in their countries and many more. No matter the reason I believe that they should be able to…[Read more]

  • I think pro-choice is more reasonable for countless reasons but not all the time depending on the situation. I believe it is a human right for any female to decide what she wants to do with her body in terms of abortion but many might ague saying it is wrong to take a human life. Although I agree with that statement, I don’t think an unborn child…[Read more]

  • I agree with you for the most part. I believe that some kind of artificial intelligence will eventually outsmart human kind and see us as obsolete to their agenda. This is evident in all the advancements in technology to this day but I think it will happen later rather than sooner but it is eventual. Some other evidence that supports our claims is…[Read more]

  • Bladimiro commented on the post, Bamboozled 1 year, 3 months ago

    I’m glad I clicked your post for a couple reasons.
    1. I love that word too and it reminds me of another word I like, “shenanigans”
    2. My favorite word is “Dope” and your featured image is Homer Simpson. Dope is his catchphrase. lol
    3. I think your post and writing style is dope.

  • What’s your favorite word?


    I’ve never really thought about this question but I guess “Dope” is my favorite word. A lot of people don’t even know what it is when I say it but that’s understand

  • I like your post because I can personally relate to it being enrolled in high school as well. Reading your post actually just made me realize the struggles and stress you face around the high school part of our lives, I hope your doing well when it comes to your mental and physical state though and hope it all works out for you.

  • Dear Youth Voices Community,

    My name is Bladimir Gallegos and I am a Junior at Fremont high-school.

    I feel as if my research on the topic of human trafficking is very intriguing although I need to find more

    • Hello Bladimir, my name is Sante and I am a senior from Judge Memorial High School. When I initially ready your thesis, it pushes me to believe you are going to argue that human sex trafficking targets young women under the age of eighteen. If this is the case, there are a multitude of amazing resources that can help you to convey this point. One I was able to find was an article on Focus on the Family’s website (https://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/family/sex-trafficking/sex-trafficking-the-facts). It touches on the basic information of what sex trafficking is and how widespread it is. I think it would be a good place to start your research. I believe you could be a little more clear in the decision of your thesis. Instead of saying “Human Trafficking in the form of sexual exploitation”, you could simply say “Human sex trafficking”. Theses should be clear and concise, so I would work to make your statement more directed. I’m excited to see where you take your research!

    • Bladimir,

      You have a strong start to your thesis. You are covering an important social issue, and I look forward to seeing where you go with your project. With your project, will you be looking at human trafficking on a global aspect or in specific countries? I believe that with your research you will have the information to create a proposal for addressing human trafficking issues. Here is a website that covers some statistics of human trafficking that may be helpful for your research. https://www.justfacts.com/sexuality.asp



    • Hello Bladimir,

      I think it’s great that you’re looking into and spreading awareness on human trafficking, as its a widespread yet often hushed problem. I would encourage you to widen your thesis to all people, not just girls under the age of 18, as, sadly, people taken into human trafficking fall into all ages and genders.

    • Bladimir,
      This was a very interesting post and it that definition of human trafficking is pretty saddening despite the fact that it is only factual. Human trafficking is a very pressing issue truly should be focused on more than it is right now.
      Here is a link on human trafficking:

      What is human trafficking?

    • Dear Bladimir,
      I am in shock about your type of article about trafficking human because its cruel and violation to trafficking human and exploitation When a read your text i feel like in shock i can’t believe that but I think some people do that for one reason and i don’t have any interest to knows the reasons. But something that you write is “Human trafficking in the form of sexual exploitation is cruel and inhumane because it unjustly and predominantly violates the human rights of girls under the age of 18 In order for my thesis to be considered proficient, I have to have a focused, articulate, creative, and debatable thesis on an issue of social inequity.” I disagree for this human trafficking and exploitation because is bad to do that to others people.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward seeing what you write next because i want to know more information
      I’m english learned”

  • Dear Dr. Rios:


    My name is Bladimir Gallegos. I am a 16-year-old male student of Latino descent. I and my class are reading and using your autobiography to improve our literacy skills ,and I am truly

    • Hi Bladimiro,
      I found your article very interesting, especially the part where you talked about how the book was and easier read than you thought it was going to be. I am excited to see what else you find.

  • Dear Victor
    I am impressed by your post, “My Life -2037-” because of all the goals you set for yourself and family. You seem to be motivated and I think you will really go for it and be successful is your goals.One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is; “I decided to go to college to further my education instead of going straight to the w…[Read more]


    After reading the first three chapters of Victor Rios’ Street Life, I feel inspired by the events he is telling his audience. In looking at the imagery he uses to tell his story, I noticed he gets creative in

  • The day starts with the alarm clock blowing up at the break of dawn and me wanting to smash the snooze button from my lack of sleep. I have taught myself that there are no days off for me at this point and slowly

    • Dear Bladimir :
      I am excited with your post, “20 Years from now,” because I want to see how your life would be in 20 years from now. It also gives me a little glimpse on how you want your life to play out in the next decades.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “I set out to do them, but before I walk out the door, I pray to a cross by the door in hopes of a successful day.” I think this is unique because most people don’t pray to god for a good day. This makes you different from most people in today’s society because no one is that religious now a days.
      Another sentence that I liked was: “When I finally reach the crest of the mountain, I would pull in to my six car garage and go inside my beautiful two story house. When I did enter my house, everyone will be greeting me home like all my pets, my two kids, and my wife..” This stood out for me because you describe how your life would be and all your accomplishments that you want to happen.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I wanted a life with a stable income to take care of me and my family, I also want to have 2 kids with a wife and some pets.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are good at explaining with details so we picture how your life would be.

    • Bladimiro,
      I really liked reading your post about where you see yourself if 20 years. It is a lot of fun to imagine where life will take us, especially at this time in our lives when we are choosing colleges and making incredibly adult, independent decisions. Here is a website/post on a mother website about achieving long term goals and how simple it can really be and possible how complicated it may be: https://www.quora.com/What-are-your-goals-in-life-for-the-next-2-5-10-20-years I appreciate your sharing how you see your future!

      Thank you,

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  • I’m from the town, where being yourself isn’t good enough.

    I’m from the lands where it all goes down, and the people always have some kind of problem.

    Cause here respect is key and if you don’t have any they’ll

    • I like your poem because it shows how is your town and what is happening

    • I like your poem because it shows were we are from good or bad

    • I really enjoyed reading your piece. Even though it isn’t that long it is deep and really let’s the reader into your life and shows a lot about you and what it is like for you and your family living in Oakland CA.

    • Dear Bladimiro
      I can completely relate to your poem “ I’m from Oakland!” because I see it every day I have experienced it and it’s still happening. I would say that even though we might live in a crappy area, we can use that as motivation to get out of Oakland and become someone in the future so we won’t have to face problems that we are facing in present times.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Here hate thrives like an infection and pretty much everyone has protection, so the only way to keep shit on lock is with a .44 or Glock” I think this is powerful sentence because it’s true that hate in Oakland is everywhere, people will diss you no matter how real they are. Also, this sentence has a deep meaning because it’s telling that pain might be so big that the only way for us to avoid it is to be armed or use violence but even then we will still have hate meaning as long as we are in Oakland we won’t be able to escape hatred.
      Another sentence that I can relate was: “I’m from the town, where being yourself isn’t good enough.” This stood out to me because to make it out you have to push yourself so hard that you become a different person and because you become a different person people begin to hate on you, but that shouldn’t stop anybody from becoming successful in life.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I can relate to you and your story.

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