• Me and my groups project was about diabetes prevention. Our action plan was to make an Instagram and hang up flyers. The reason we went with these two ideas was because we wanted to use a big platform to show off

    • Hi Christina, I love the idea of Diabetes prevention because it is a very prominent health issue in our society right now. I was wondering what kind of posts you would post on your Instagram to make people care about the content. I feel like if they were just posts about the dangers of Diabetes no one would want to have that in their feed. Although I love the idea for instagram because it is such a large media platform. Also I was wondering where would you hang up the posters and do you think that would have the most impact opposed to other methods? How often do you take advice from posters you see?

  • Hi Anaya, I really enjoyed your poem and how you opened my eyes to see the bigger picture of how our society is turning out to be. Your poem also made me feel grateful to have a roof over my head, and meal in stomach, and a phone in my hand because others might not. When you said “we take homes” it made me think about gentrification and how new…[Read more]

  • Hi samantha! First of all I want to thank you for reading my blog it means alot to me. To answer your question about how I would solve gentrification in my area to to make our problem more volical weather that meaning on the news or on social media to project how it’s hurting our community. If I were to start off with making this happen I might…[Read more]

  • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Jose, Thank you for enjoying my shadow box; I tried really hard on it so i’m happy you enjoyed. I also liked your shadow box and how you keeped it true to you

      • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

        Dear Evelin, Thank you for reading my poem, I’m so happy that you really liked it. Something that stood out to me is when you said that these were powerful words because I try to bring power each poem I make. – christina

          • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

            Dear Ulises, Thank you for reading my poem, I’m happy you like my similes. I also really like the two you picked cause there both one of my favorites.

              • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

                Dear Maria, thank you for reading my poem. Im happy you like the mystery in my poem. – Christina

                  • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

                    Dear anahi, Thank you for reading my poem. I liked how you saw the emotion in my poem. – Christina

                      • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

                        Dear Piper, sorry im a bit late on reading your comment. Thank you so much for reading my poem, Ill post another poem soon hope you read it. – Christina

                          • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

                            Thank you for reading my blog. I’m happy that you see the what’s behind gentrification and how its hurting our community.

                              • Christina posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

                                Thank you so much for reading my blog. I really like how you connected to one of the quotes in my blog it shows me that i’m not the only one seeing what’s going on in our community

                                  • Dear Evelin,
                                    First of all I love how you talked about a strong and really important topic in our city, State, and overall country. Something else I really like is how you format your article (by topics). When you use Obama’s quote, “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.” Thi…[Read more]

                                  • Dear Ivy,
                                    I’m so happy you chose to talk about a very strong problem in our community. When reading your poem I noticed that you talk about how ICE looking is looking for criminals in our area but they were actually child trafficking. This really caught my eyes because ICE is using their power for evil. Something that seemed outrageous w…[Read more]

                                  • Recently in Oakland it has been more apparent that people are moving out and others are moving in because of gentrification. Gentrification happens when a group of people with more money come into a low income

                                    • Dear Christina,
                                      I really like what you’ve wrote in your blog “ Gentrification is Hurting Us’ about the Gentrification in Oakland and the impact is having. One sentence that stood out to me was “ I wouldn’t have known that this was going on in my community if I didn’t learn about it in class” from Jasper Wilson. This stood out because a lot of people aren’t noticing the huge impact is making towards people who hardly have money to eat. I totally agree with you that people who wants or is working at San Francisco are moving in because of the slightly “big” price difference. I’ve known a lot of people who are moving out and for me is a big thing because my mom have to pay a lot and she’s a single mom with 3 kids. I really appreciate for showing and bringing this topic out.
                                      Thanks for your writing, hope seeing more from you!

                                    • 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 chart in your essay it makes it stand out. Thank you for your work, I look forward to what you write next.

                                    • Hi samantha! First of all I want to thank you for reading my blog it means alot to me. To answer your question about how I would solve gentrification in my area to to make our problem more volical weather that meaning on the news or on social media to project how it’s hurting our community. If I were to start off with making this happen I might start off with a instagram account because that’s where people spend their most time. What would you do if you were in my place? ~Christina

                                    • Dear Christina,

                                      I am glad to have come across your post, “Gentrification is Hurting Us,” because I feel like gentrification is a significant issue that not too many people are talking about or are even aware of. It’s important and I believe it is causing a lot more harm than good for others.

                                      One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is “Plus I think there are homeless now because and few days later a guy came to my apartment building saying he was selling stuff for money cause he has to move out and now he doesn’t have anywhere to live there and I don’t see him anymore.” I think this is really moving because it certainly gives a sense of the things they have to now go through because of gentrification. It was really heartbreaking to read.

                                      Another sentence that stood out to me is “The way Oakland is probably benefiting is that they can use the money to bring new things into the community which is good but they are affecting people as they do it.” This stood out for me because you talk about a pro and a con in one sentence. It is important for people to see both sides of gentrification.

                                      Your post reminds me of something that has occurred near my hometown. I am from Hercules and I used to go to high school in Richmond. Certain areas of Richmond are in plan to become gentrified and it is just sad to me. The area that people have grown up in and have continued to love is just going to become a wealthy community not all people may not be able to afford. as if rent or paying for a home is not expensive enough, it just makes you think where else these people could go if they were going to be kicked out of their home.

                                  • Dear Lupita,
                                    I LOVED your poem. I can visualize the way Oakland is with your poem and how our youth is exposed to hate. I also like the way you used the feuds with oakland to compare with Romeo and Juliet. Something i connected to is when you said, “And I should be able to just be me, Without the fear of a gun”. This connected to me bec…[Read more]

                                  • Dear Daniel,
                                    I liked how you bring up a true and very real problem. Familys do cause stress. which can reflect onto people and their kids. I really like how you used the metaphor,“Pain can be a scorpion wanting to poison your mind.” I found this really interesting because when parents fight they are hurting their kids and that can be like poi…[Read more]

                                  • Dear Evelin,
                                    I liked how you used words in Spanish to express fear. With that fear it shapes your whole poem. I also like how you make nice how you used questions in your poem to make it clear people that people are confused. This also shows me that there are multiple personalities in fear. Overall your poem is moving and i hope you keep…[Read more]

                                  • Christina commented on the post, Violence 10 months, 2 weeks ago

                                    Dear Ulises,
                                    I enjoyed how you express how you see homelessness in Oakland. I thought this was a strong topic to talk about because all around Oakland and many other places lots of people are facing homelessness. Something that you could do better on is rhyming your poem or is repeating a word to make it flow clearly. But overall I like…[Read more]

                                  • Hi I’m Christina a 9th grader at Life Academy my poem is how i see Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This is in the perspective of Love, sadness, but having someone there for you. Hope you enjoy leave comments :

                                    • Dear Christina

                                      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. Your poem shows how something goo can come out of anything

                                      I really liked how you put a lot of emotion and thought into your poem

                                      Your poem is a really good interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

                                      Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.


                                    • Dear Christina,

                                      I like how you included metaphors and similes is your poem I think it shows how you decided to meet all the requirements. I also like how when you said, “Hate brings me to faith but faith brought me to you” I liked this because it showed a lot about emotions and I just appreciate how you explicitly wrote it. I also like who you phrase also your words when trying put all the words together. I really like how you put everything together.

                                    • Dear Christina, you poem is really nice a really like the title because I thought you was going to write how love is really cute because you tittle name is sunshine but at the end it finish with not being happy ending about love. So theres it comes the similes and metaphors you really did a good job because its interesting and it leaves you like on trying to know more. -Maria

                                    • Christina Archibald,
                                      Great job on your poem about love I liked the part where you said “my muscles keep me strong when i’m low” that line shows that your strong enough to not go down. Another thing that I liked was when you did a simile on the kline “Happy is where I see your face face like an angel that can’t leave me.An angel like a guardian of my heart”. I think that this was good smile because it showed how they brought you happiness.


                                    • Dear Christina,
                                      I am very proud of you! Thank you for sharing your powerful poem. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is was when your wrote “Your face like an angel that can’t leave me
                                      An angel like a guardian of my heart . I think this is very appealing because I like how you compared their faces with an angle. Another sentence that I liked was ¨ My muscles to keep me strong when I’m low¨. This stood out because it shows what you feel at times and I’m sure there’s a lot people who can connect. Overall, I really like the rhyme that your poem had over each other! Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you’re a great poet. Hope seeing wonderful poems!

                                  • Dear Evelin,
                                    your box was very well detailed with pictures of yourself when you were younger and pictures with your family. I also loved how you used the mexican flag to show your pride of your country it is really moving because of all the drama that is going on you still care about your home even though you are here. I also…[Read more]

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