• Dear Alameda County Social Services:

    We are choosing to write to you because we want better health and mental care for the children in foster cares. We looked into your website and we noticed that the services

    • Hello everyone.

      My name is Kiyah and I am a student at Fremont High School here in Oakland. I just read your project blog post and I have some feedback.
      One thing I liked about what you wrote was how you explained the outcome and behaviors of those in foster care. I also liked how you mentioned that the military is funded more than kids in need. Your project blog digs deeper into the experiences and oppression of a young foster child, not being accepted and their voices not being heard.

      Something I have a question about is what made you choose to write about this specific topic? What about it interests you?

      Thank you for sharing your project!
      Kiyah

    • Hello everyone.

      My name is Long Nguyen and I am a student at Fremont High School here in Oakland. I just read your project blog post and I have some feedback.
      One thing I liked about what you wrote was that you explained exactly how foster care kids are affected which intrigued me greatly. You also explained why and how they aren’t getting enough help which I did not know that before.

      Something I have a question about is that out of all the topics you guys could of done what made you guys want to write a topic about children in foster care?

      Thank you for sharing your project!
      Long Nguyen

    • That is a deep topic it concerned me alot especially the fact that these kids like you said need a therapist due to what they are going through. What inspired you to write about this topic?

    • Thank you for sharing.

    • This is a topic that I recently have began to think about and have looked into it, I feel you did a great job explaining how exactly the system works. I agree with your thoughts and how these kids can be provided with a lot more help than they are. You made your argument pretty clear but I think your writing could have been “stronger” if you would have explained how this is important to you or if you would have made a connection.

    • I really like the topic you chose because not a lot of people like to talk about this topic. something that i really liked that you talked about was ” The effects on the community is that the children that are not being adopted grow to have anger and hatred towards the community and or themselves. As well as when dealing with a patient or child that has been in the foster care system for a long time they tend to not want the help anymore because they feel helpless.” I agree with you because they see kid other people with mom and or dad and they get mad because they never had theirs. I also agree that they should have better health and mental care for the kids in foster.

    • This topic had caught my eye and I truly feel sorry for those in foster care and have to got through things that a child shouldn’t be. Hopefully in the future or even sooner people take this topic on matter of hands and create more mental health services available for children in foster care.

    • Hi my name is Jessica I go to Unity High School. Something I really liked about your article is that this topic is really interesting it really got my attention because I never thought of the problem it is for kids. A question I have for you is what made you interested in this topic?

    • Well hearing this from you makes me feel that there’s still people out there who care about all those kids who are under foster care. Thanks for putting this issue out there and making a difference through your writing. I also loved how you backed up your claim with real evidence and making that clear. I strongly advise you to keep doing what you’re doing. Good job!

  • Dear Cesar, Thank you for posting about your name. It is very interesting to see how your friendships had benefited you and your name positively. Overall you had a strong paragraph but more detail as to why you chose that name to stick would be nice. I liked how you included your friends and how they make you laugh. one line that stood out to me…[Read more]

  • Kayla posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    Dear spencer,
    Thank you for commenting on my work. I received several of the same question and the reason why i chose not to add anything else was that my galaxy is empty because i am finding who i am as a person and what to further find that. therefore leaving my galaxy blank to new possibilities. That is the reason why i chose to leave my…[Read more]

  • Dear Anais, Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
    I hope you are feeling better, I know the struggle of having depression and anxiety can be difficult. As well as it can difficult to speak up about it, And I can relate to everything you have commented. It was difficult for me to post about such a serious topic but I know that someone who…[Read more]

  • Dear Brandom,
    I am glad you chose to write about such an interesting topic. The way you choose to write about how kids are stressing to better their future is a great way to engage a young reader who shows similarities to your topic One sentence that stood out to me is “Furthermore, students also have stress because so much of their day is spent…[Read more]

  • Hello walter,
    Thank you for your comment. For my next project I will be sure to add more. The reason why I didn’t add symbols to this project was that I wanted to make a statement. I choose to leave the box blank because I wanted to show how a young human has so much more to add to their own galaxy. As well as I feel like my story hasn’t…[Read more]

  • Dear Jennifer, Your blog was outstanding.
    Their was such great detail and you had a great hook. One sentence that stood out to me was” Although sideshows is a huge part of Oakland’s culture and unites the community it also divides the community by being a place where people can come together but can also get them arrested for all the violent and i…[Read more]

  • Depression and how it affects kids and teens in our everyday life

     

    Teen suicide and depression is the third leading cause of death in youth 10-24 years of age in the United States(. Most children and teens

    • Dear kayla,

      I am intrigued by your writing piece “Depression and how it affects children and teens” because a lot of the facts that you pointed out in your writing i didn’t know about depression and i myself suffer from depression. so it was really insightful to read.

      one sentence you wrote that stands out for me is,

      “This is very important because when they are struggling with depression and feel as if they have no one to speak to they can always look up websites and physicians to help them. For example in reading, the message that stood out to me is- “Depression can be caused by big transitions in life, stress, or changes in your body’s chemicals that affect your thoughts and moods. Depression can run in families. Maybe you haven’t realized that you have depression and have been blaming yourself for being negative. Remember that depression is not your fault!”(NIMH). This explains that depression is and needs to be taken very seriously.”

      This is important to me because i suffer from depression and anxiety and for awhile i didn’t know where it was coming from, i had always felt like there was something wrong with me, then recently i learned depression could be hereditary and my mother also has depression so it was good to learn that it wasn’t anything i did because i always blamed myself.

      Another piece that i felt is important was,

      “That we all go or went through “phases” when in reality depression is not phase, suicidal thoughts and or actions is not a phase. Meanwhile it was causing me to push further away from them because I was scared to tell the how I felt, like they were going to say that it was my fault” (Sanchez). When interviewing this teenager I realized that children and teens are experiencing these feelings of guilt and remorse and are to scared to open up to someone that they trust feeling that they are going to get blamed even more than they are already blame themselves. Sanchez chose to use the word phase because when most teens speak to a parent about their feelings of depression it’s usually always just a phase and that is not the parents fault. It’s the way that the stigma has built up after generations and generations of ignoring mental illnesses and how they are just seen as a phase and like they are not meant to be taken seriously.”

      I feel this is also important because i’ve had people in my life tell me i was just going through a phase, i’ve had falling outs with people because they felt i needed to just get over it and move on but its not something you can just get up one day and say yea im over my depression. depression doesn’t go away, its always there you just learn how to deal with it more effectively and that’s what a lot of people need to realize, depression is not a phase.

      • Dear Anais, Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
        I hope you are feeling better, I know the struggle of having depression and anxiety can be difficult. As well as it can difficult to speak up about it, And I can relate to everything you have commented. It was difficult for me to post about such a serious topic but I know that someone who is struggling with depression and anxiety could use just a bit of help and information about the topic. I was hesitant to put my opinion in but its also important to put yourself out their and see what others think. Thank you for commenting and i look forward to seeing your reply

    • Dear Kayla
      I really loved this topic and to be honest I didn’t even know some things you pointed out which makes me glad that I know now.

  • Artist statement

    By: Kayla-A-Q

     

    For my modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet I decided to draw a movie poster and write a poem. The topic I chose to communicate is love. I decided to do this because I

  • Thank you very much. I feel like a sort of relief and chaos when showing my dominate and narrative to everyone because I am showing this to people that I don’t know but I also think that its really cool that I am and showing my perspective on who I am. Thank you for leaving your comment and I look foward to your response, and any other further questions.

  • My shadow box

    Kayla A-Q

    This shadow box represents my chosen and assigned identities. Well to begin, I have chosen to paint a galaxy to represent my chosen identity. I decided to paint about a galaxy because

    • Hello Kayla,
      this picture look awesome, I think it’s unique.
      Probably next time show your identity. The place where you come from?Your traditions, your people and how you feel being here?
      Show your school, how you feel in that school. show your gender and how that has a negative or a positive effect in your life
      Have you experienced racism or have you seen people around you that have say something inappropriate because of your gender?
      Overall, I think you did a good job and try to ad more symbols next time..

      • Hello walter,
        Thank you for your comment. For my next project I will be sure to add more. The reason why I didn’t add symbols to this project was that I wanted to make a statement. I choose to leave the box blank because I wanted to show how a young human has so much more to add to their own galaxy. As well as I feel like my story hasn’t finished, so it cant be fully told. Their will be many more up’s and downs. But I do agree that I should have added more symbols. Thank you for taking your time to comment, i highly appreciate the comment.

    • Hi Kayla,

      I like your shadowbox, it’s look awesome. How did you feel when you show your dominant and counter narrative to us? I appreciate that you said you want to make it seen that your efforts have an affect on how people dominate narrative are portrayed.

    • Thank you very much. I feel like a sort of relief and chaos when showing my dominate and narrative to everyone because I am showing this to people that I don’t know but I also think that its really cool that I am and showing my perspective on who I am. Thank you for leaving your comment and I look foward to your response, and any other further questions.

    • Dear Kayla,
      I am amazed by your shadow box because you were very creative in drawing a galaxy that holds an important meaning to you. Your galaxy painting looked really pleasant to see because it was neatly done.I loved the part in your statement where you said, ¨I feel like our galaxy has endless possibilities and there are new discoveries each day. My mind is like a galaxy, endless thoughts but new found possibilities haunting me till this unpredictable day¨. This sentence stood out to me because you used a simile to compare yourself to a galaxy and how its true that there are many possibilities to your life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you seem like a person who puts a lot of effort in their own work.
      Sincerely,
      Beatriz

    • Hi Kayla, I really liked your painting. I feel you when you said that space is endles. I think that is a really unique way to describe yourself because it’s so true we have so much that words can’t drscribe us. I really was inspired by your painting it made me think about the bigger picture of life and broadening ourselves.

  • Dear Elias, I am very excited to hear more about your petition because I completely agree that the latino culture is being oppressed and something does need to happen about it. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is”This issue is complicated because it is caused by Police and simple minded people.” Iḿ not completely sure if I a…[Read more]

  • Kayla became a registered member 1 year, 11 months ago

    • Dear Kayla

      Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Spencer and I am a student at Fremont High School.
      Something I liked about your work was The painting of the galaxy.
      Something I have a question about is Where is everything else at? Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is…[Read more]

      • Dear spencer,
        Thank you for commenting on my work. I received several of the same question and the reason why i chose not to add anything else was that my galaxy is empty because i am finding who i am as a person and what to further find that. therefore leaving my galaxy blank to new possibilities. That is the reason why i chose to leave my…[Read more]

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