• Dear Kimani,

    What a wonderful piece about Stan Kinard! Thank you for sharing your experiences and interactions with this important civil rights icon and activist. He was an important advocate for the Central Brooklyn Community and beyond. He will surely be missed. Rest in Power, Baba Stan Kinard…

    Sincerely,

    Lona

  • Hi Angelina,

    Thank you for sharing your poem. I loved learning about you, your family and your culture through the language you used.

    Have you read “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo? Do check it out, if you have a chance. I think you will like it.

    Best,
    Lona

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  • Dear Naiara,

    Wow, thank you for posting about xenotransplantion! I was unfamiliar with the term so your post definitely taught me something new. I look forward to learning more from you about genetic engineering.

    So far, what surprises you most from your research?

    Sincerely,

    Lona

  • Dear Mamoun,

    It is so nice to see your post on Youth Voices. Thank you for sharing your story.

    I am impressed by how focused you are on getting to know yourself better so that you can figure out what you want your future to be. I love that you chose a jigsaw puzzle for your image because it tells us that you are figuring things out. That seems…[Read more]

  • What excellent advice, Mame!

    Your voice is such an important presence here on Youth Voices, thank you!

    Lona

  • Lona commented on the post, My Immigration 1 year, 12 months ago

    Dear Muyar,

    I enjoyed reading your story, thank you for sharing it.

    I felt so excited to read that your family won the immigration lottery to come to the US. That is pretty cool!

    I appreciate what you said about how difficult it is to have family time in a busy place like New York City. I think many families are trying to figure out how to find…[Read more]

  • Dear May,

    Thank you for sharing your immigration story.

    As an immigrant myself, your story made me remember what it feels like to leave home to make a new home in an unfamiliar place.

    I am really interested to learn more about your baking and make-up hobbies. What is your favorite thing to bake? What kind of make-up do you like doing, for…[Read more]

  • Dear Naiara,

    Thank you for sharing your beautifully written story. I learned so much about you and the things you value because of the honest and clear way you communicated your ideas.

    One of the things that struck me about your story was this quote. “Even though I just have no more than a year and one month here my Spanish has been affected. I…[Read more]

  • Dear Mame,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I really enjoyed reading it and I particularly loved how you expressed your thoughts about the importance of listening in building relationships.

    I was fortunate enough to spend time in Senegal and I agree that there is such a difference between New York and Senegal. I am impressed by your…[Read more]

  • Dear Charmaine,

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story and learning more about you. Your writing completely drew me in. I appreciate your sharing of the injustices your family, particularly your uncle, encountered in attempting to immigrate to the US.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts on Youth Voices.

    Sincerely,

    Lona

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  • Dear Maxwell,

    Thank you for your post. I really appreciated hearing your perspective on immigration based on your family’s experience.

    I am so inspired by how focused you are on managing the responsibilities in your life. It seems that you are able to strike a balance between your academic and your basketball life. Good for you, that is not an…[Read more]

  • Lona commented on the post, My Story 2 years, 1 month ago

    Dear Rovell,

    Thank you for sharing your story. What stood out for me from your writing is how flexible you are. I was impressed by how you moved more than once in your life yet you seemed to have adapted to each new situation with such ease.

    I made a personal connection to your story because my Dad’s side of the family is from St. Vincent and I…[Read more]

  • Hi Alex,

    Thank you for sharing your immigration story.

    I appreciated that you shared some of the obstacles that your family had to overcome in their pursuit of the “American Dream.” What lessons did you learn from their struggles? What advice would you give to new immigrants based on what you learned from the challenges your own family…[Read more]

  • Dear Kara,

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    I really loved how you recognized that although you are not an immigrant yourself that you are still impacted by immigration through your relationship with your friend. Your post can really make people think about how much we can learn from people who are different from us.

    I think it is great that…[Read more]

  • Hi Shaquala,

    Thank you for sharing your insights about the Weeksville settlement and what it meant then and now to the African-American community. As you mentioned, what an amazing thing to accomplish such an achievement at a time when it seemed insurmountable!

    I think you are right. It is important to hear these stories of success in the…[Read more]

  • Hi Nasay,

    I really enjoyed reading your post about Weeksville and appreciate the personal connection you shared.

    Like you, I too was inspired by how much this community of free Blacks was able to accomplish in the period just following slavery. What thoughts do you have about sharing the story with others–your peers, family teachers etc? How…[Read more]

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  • Raymond, this poem is such a great window into who you are and what you care about. Love it…

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