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    Dear Youth Voices Community,

    Hello, my name is Christy-Lynn Lagula. I am 16 years old and I am an 11th grader at Fremont High School. I am currently doing a junior research project on the Foster care system. So

    Foster Care System (Can I get feedback on my thesis statement)

    Dear Youth Voices Community, Hello, my name is Christy-Lynn Lagula. I am 16 years old and I am an 11th grader at Fremont High School. I am currently doing a junior research project on the Foster care system. So far...

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    In the last month, our class has been reading an Autobiography. The book is called, “Street Life” by Victor Rios. In the book, Victor talks about his life. Starting from when he was a child until he became a gro

    One Step At A Time

    In the last month, our class has been reading an Autobiography. The book is called, “Street Life” by Victor Rios. In the book, Victor talks about his life. Starting from when he was a child until he became a...

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    I chose these images because I felt like it went with the quotes I chose from the book “Street Life”. I chose that background because it’s a symbol of Oakland and the place the story takes place is in Oakla

    All about Street Life

    I chose these images because I felt like it went with the quotes I chose from the book “Street Life”. I chose that background because it’s a symbol of Oakland and the place the story takes place is in...

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    Dear Dr. Rios,

    My name is Christy-Lynn Lagula.  I am 16 years old, and I live in Oakland, Ca. I currently go to Fremont High School. I have just finished chapter 8 of your autobiography Street Life. When I

    The Letter

    Dear Dr. Rios, My name is Christy-Lynn Lagula.  I am 16 years old, and I live in Oakland, Ca. I currently go to Fremont High School. I have just finished chapter 8 of your autobiography Street Life. When I first...

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    • Christy,
      I should read this book! It sounds like Victor Rios has been through his fair share of hardships, for sure. I just came back from the Bay Area this weekend! It is interesting the contrast between the Berkeley area and the Oakland area. It almost felt like there was a level of segregation, where the more privileged white folk stood on one side, the few well-off minorities in the middle, and the lower-class minorities on the other side. It was a little strange walking through whitewashed sidewalks and emerging on an entirely different path in just minutes. I am lucky enough to never have feared for my life as a result of violence, since I was born to a middle class family in a suburban area with little-to-no gang violence. Gang violence doesn’t scare me so much as it saddens me. There are arbitrary fights happening everywhere, money going to one side when it should be going to another, and people being hurt for seemingly no reason. I wish, honestly, that there was an answer to all of the chaos in the world. This article from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201002/how-world-peace-is-possible … has an interesting take on world peace, which pertains to both a global scale and an inner-city micro scale. If everyone were working toward actively bettering themselves, rather than actively worsening others, the world would collectively build each other up, almost by accident. Self-bolstering, then, is the key to achieving peace among nations, tribes, gangs, and any other kind of enemy, provided, of course, that it is not driven by greed or hunger for power. Self-betterment for the pure sake of being happy, if sought after by all, would balance the non-equilibrium.

      I’d like to hear what you think.
      Hunter

    • Christy,
      I really liked your letter to Dr. Rios because it explained exactly why you thought his book, and life, was an accomplishment. It seems like he has been through some difficult times and worked his best to reach his potential, and you have found that message in the book. You might enjoy reading, “Tattoos on the Heart” which is a book about a man who helps people who have been in gangs recover and begin a new life. It seems like these books have a lot in common.
      Chloe

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    After reading the first three chapters of Victor Rios’ Street Life, I feel impressed about the events he is telling his audience. In looking at the imagery he uses to tell his story, I noticed that he uses K

    Street Life

    After reading the first three chapters of Victor Rios’ Street Life, I feel impressed about the events he is telling his audience. In looking at the imagery he uses to tell his story, I noticed that he uses Kinesthetic...

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