• Dear Nina,

    I really enjoyed your comic, “Where I come from” because it explained a lot about where you came from and how you were able to learn more about yourself through your experience with your dad. Even though you didn’t know those people you were able to still spend time there. One panel that I really liked from your comic was when you were…[Read more]

  • Dear Liz,

    I was really surprised about your memoir and how your parents and you knew about your sisters pregnancy. I thought that it was really interesting how both you and your family knew about her pregnancy. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me was, “She had a life growing inside of her these whole past 9 months, We were not given any…[Read more]

    • Dear Salvador,
      I like your comic, its short and cute. I like how by playing soccer, all of you guys forgot about the problem going on with you all. You know how to draw, I hope to see more of your posts in the future. Keep it up!

    • Hello Salvador,
      Thank you for showing your memoir comic. It helps understand Family Dynamic, of how although brothers may have problems, they must stick together because they are family. It also shows the lense of love, that although you and your brothers argue, at the end of the day the love that you have is greater than any anger towards them. Great comic, look forward to seeing more from you.

    • Dear Chava,

      I liked the concept of your comic. I can relate as to when me and my brothers fight we don’t talk. Rather than soccer we play basketball or a game of 2k to settle disputes. Thank you for sharing this piece.

      P.S. Had to post twice cause I didn’t log in the first time.

      Vesna Sot

    • Dear Salvador,
      I like how you write about your relationship with your brothers. You show that no matter what happens between you guys, family will always win and ya’ll stick together no matter what. I hope to have something like that with my own brothers, but i’m afraid we are too apart at this moment. I am glad there’s something all of you enjoy and can do together to be happy!

    • Dear Chava,

      I really wnjoyed your comic memoir “Making Up”.
      It really showed how fearless and supportive you are as a person but as a brother as well. I can relate to you so much in a way that I think we have the same life. I liked your comic for because knowing that you are the middle brother out of all, you showed your maturity and took the role of the bigger brother which is something very important which can help you in life. I really enjoyed reading your comic and I look forward towards reading more of your work. Well, peace dude.

  • Salvador commented on the post, Choices 2 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Kris,
    I really like your comic, “Choices” I think that it says a lot about yourself and how you became how you are. I like how you emphasized graphic weight on your third panel because it showed how you were nervous or scared to hear the response of your dad. I can see how much you like soccer, it is something that has always helped you be…[Read more]

  • Dear Elliot,
    I am surprised by what you chose to write about and I agree that sometimes people don’t really tell their stories. They might just want to get done with the assignment that is given to them. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “Write about myself. Forced to share parts of myself even I don’t like or care to listen to. I…[Read more]

  • We are exactly the same,

    I just couldn’t agree with what you were saying.

    We argued back and forth,

    We both said some things that we didn’t mean to say.

    I said some things that I should have said,

    Because you

    • Dear Salvador,
      Your poem was really well written and I like how you talked about your relationship with your mom. I like that line, “We have always been really close to each other, I tell you everything, Whether I have a problem or just how my day went. There are no secrets in between both of us.” I really like that line, because you really explained that strong bond you have with your mom. I hope you keep writing because you did a good job on this poem.

    • Salvador,
      This piece was well written. My favorite line was “I’m sorry mom, I am just like you.” because it really had me thinking on the idea that “we are nothing like our parents”, but that is false. We share hella things in common with our parents, but we only see it when something different happens. Thank you for writing a piece that gave me a different lens to look through.

    • Dear Chava,

      I can relate to you a lot in this story because I get into fights with my siblings too and we don’t talk for the rest of the day. It almost brought a tear through my eye when you talked about approaching your mom to say sorry because I know you’re usually shy when it comes to expressing your feelings. Thank you for sharing this piece.


  • Dear Vesna,

    I am surprised that you chose dumb, I don’t think that you are dumb, but I think I understand what you are trying to say. I think that you have more in you and everyone does the things that you mention in your poem. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “You like the attention don’t you, Well that’s okay me to, But as of…[Read more]

  • Dear Rodrigo,

    I am amazed by your poem, I think that you have a real passion for soccer, and really take it seriously when it comes to winning or losing. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “Has helped me to become who I am today I will always appreciate my dad For teaching me about soccer For me, Soccer is the best sport.” I really…[Read more]

  • Dear Luis,

    I am surprised that you are addicted to the gym. It is something good to be active and get your workout done. Also that you are able to wake up at 5 in the morning, that is really hard for many people to do, and it shows your dedication to working about. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is, “I pick myself up from bed…[Read more]

  • Dear Khlood,

    It is sad, I think that what is happening in your hometown is very sad and scary. Those things are very hard for someone, mainly if you saw them when you were there. One sentence that stands out for me is, “Families from letting their children get an education because of the risks, Hunger strikes children and adults nothing to eat…[Read more]

  • Dear Kris,

    I was intrigued by your poem. It is interesting to see that you are a very passionate person for soccer and for whatever it is that you are committed to. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “Put in the work and the results will speak for themselves. People doubting you and telling you that you can’t do something, T…[Read more]

  • Dear Vicente,
    I am impressed that you chose funny from all of the characteristics that you have. Though I agree that you are very funny and it is something that really suits you. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is, “I love the acknowledgment for the creativity of the words I say that generate laughter in others creating a…[Read more]

  • Dear Enrique,

    I am impressed, about what changed you to become a hard worker. Constantly hearing people telling you to get together brought you back. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, ¨Knowing that I would work hard and do the right thing, I felt less ashamed of myself, No stress, No “what if”, No worrying.¨ I like this becau…[Read more]

  • Dear Joanna,

    I am amazed by the energy that you have. A lot of people aren’t really energetic and are really lazy. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is, ¨The new energy created, The one that makes me want to jump and dance.¨I think this is because you use that energy for your benefits and to help yourself. It is always good to h…[Read more]

  • I do stress,

    I might overthink things,

    Maybe I’m anxious about something,

    I can be mad or sad,

    but the outside of me always looks calm.


    There might be a lot of work that is due,

    Or papers th

    • Dear Salvador,
      I am really surprised on how you showed us how you are as a person about your poem “Why I’m Calm As Hell” because knowing that you keep things to yourself you wanted to share how you felt. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is: “Can’t show I’m stressed. Who would care? I keep things to myself, that is how I am, I like it that way.” I think this is very powerful to me because not many people keep it to themselves on how they feel, they talk it out. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the piece of writing really made me and others know on how and why you are the way you are as a person.

    • Dear Salvador,
      I enjoyed reading your memoir. I especially enjoyed reading about your experience with people changing to fit in. I look forward to reading any of your future writing.

    • Dear Salvador,
      I relate to your poem In many ways. I feel the same things sometimes. I’m astonished at how you are able to keep calm and “wear a mask” to me this is something important because many people assume things that aren’t true. And I also feel that people do change just to try to fit in and they end up losing theirselves. Keep up the good work.

    • Dear Chava,

      Your poem was really well written and demonstrated a characteristic about you that always seemed to be present. Knowing that you were a part of stats and bioethics the line, “There might be a lot of work that is due,
      Or papers that are due. I don’t freak out. I might procrastinate, But I still get the work done” I know exactly what you mean. I think this is where your characteristic is displayed most as you also state, “It just wouldn’t make a difference.That is why I like to stay;Calm.” School work can get very stressful sometimes with all the essays, finals, and deadlines you have to meet. However, you understand that stressing and letting your feelings get the best of you at times won’t do you any good, so you remain calm (or at least appear to be) in order to focus on the task at hand. This poem was beautiful and relatable on so many different levels.

      Thank you for writing this piece and I am looking forward to seeing more pieces from you in the future.


    • Dear Salvador,
      I really enjoyed your poem. It really shows how you are as a person and the way you show your poem also yourself . It really sad the way people change sometimes for the worse and the way you change people it’s cool to see that you seemed to handle situations really well. Being calm is something that you can highly benefit from as life continues because you can handle difficult situations and that can be useful. I were like to see your next post on youth voice and thank you for writing or poem.

  • Salvador commented on the post, Two Wolves 2 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Vesna,
    I really enjoyed reading, “Two Wolves” I can now understand why it is titled that way. Having a name and nickname that have different identities for you. Your name Bull shows more of how you like putting things aside when you are tired. Vesna brings more of your outgoing personality that you have.

  • Salvador Pedroza-Juarez is my name. All my other brothers don’t have the “Juarez” in their name. I like that I do because it ties me to my Mom’s and Dad’s family. Salvador is my name and it was given to me becaus

    • Dear Chava,
      This piece was really good. I liked the way that from the start you were compared to your dad but later found your own identity. Very well done Salvador. Let’s go to the field?

    • Salvador, I also have a positive relationship to my name but i don’t have a nickname like you. I really like how others inspire you to be the person that you are now.

    • Dear Chavita,

      I love this poem, it was beautiful and I hope you write more pieces because you’re good with your words.

    • Dear Salvado

      I like the way you show why is your name important and I like the way that you said the how does it connects to you and your family and why is this name important to you and your brother. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is Something that I have really gotten mad about is when I get confused with someone else because when I think about it I want to be recognized by my name. Not by someone else that I might look like. It is just something that has bothered me for a long time, and because of past experiences with my dad, in which he’s told me to always get recognized by myself not by other people. I think this is stand out to me the most is this quote because when I come to school at girls in US I don’t know how to spanks english so when they make nickname for me I don’t get what they were saying thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like the way shows your life and how did it affect you. There is a lot of thing that stand out to me.

  • Dear Thomas,
    I really like your post, “Self-Driving Cars & Fuel Consumption” because you give both good things about self-driving cars and the downsides that there is to it too. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “As a result, people will probably drive more often and farther, which would increase fuel consumption and emissions.” I…[Read more]

  • Dear Gildardo,
    I am moved by your post, “Professional Soccer In Oakland” because you show that you really like the sport. You also show that people should care about kids or people who play in Oakland. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “Oakland should have a professional soccer team because it would inspire Oakland kids and Oakland…[Read more]

  • Salvador commented on the post, Money 2 years, 5 months ago

    Dear Fernando,
    I am fascinated by the fact that you wrote about “Money” and how it relates to schools because it is something that we need. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, ” OUSD has to change the way they are distribute resources once they get the budget cut problem under control so that there is equity in the resources each…[Read more]

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