• Hi my name is Sapphire and uhh I am 16 years old in the tenth grade. I lived in Brooklyn my whole life so far. I’m the type of person to get mad easily, and I tend to have an attitude or stay mad for the w

    • Sapphire,
      We both are December birthdays, but born many years apart. I too am stubborn and determined. I can tell you as a grown person, that trait can serve you well. I am here getting ready to go back to school, and I am having a hard time getting movtivated, well until I started working on this Youth Voices Project. I think my students are going to like this, and I hope that in a few weeks when we post here you will check us out and respond.

    • Dear Sapphire,
      Your bio is very relatable as I too laugh at the most ridiculous things, and I also have a bit of a short temper. I really felt that your description of visiting your nana was similar to how I enjoy my time with my grandfather when I can. Another point that I sympathize with would be your determination as it is a key factor in accomplishing hard tasks. Thank you for your participation in this rather personal sharing of information.

  • Dear, Jillian:
    I feel involved with your photographs “Prospect Park in the Rain,” because i love the rain and I used to live around Prospect Park.
    One part of your photograph that stands out for me is the third picture shows a public bench but the details of the rain dripping from the bench makes the picture look good. I Really love that pic…[Read more]

  • I think of Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up I Blue” as a real-life situation.  It makes me feel inquisitive, yet passionate at the same time.  A line that especially evokes curiosity for me is, “They never did like mam

  • How do you express your love for someone? This song shows how Dylan expresses his love for this person by admiring her. “I just kept lookin’ at the side of her face/ and She was standing there in back of my cha

  • Dear, omar:

    I feel relaxed because your bio title, “Artistic, I guess?” speaks for itself, you tell a story about you and it shows that you have a great personality.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “… I felt like I needed him, and I didn’t because it’s been 7 years since I’ve met him,” I think this shows that you are a str…[Read more]

  • This porch is where my cousins and I play games or have barbecues. Everyone house looks the same on the outside, but on the inside it’s very different. The mews used to look very different after the whole s

    • I love your story as well, grandmas house is where everyone and they cousins go to hang out. Breakfast at my grandmas house was always very interesting considering it was 6 of us.

    • I love this story, it reminded me of me and my cousins. Growing up I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s so now that we’re older we always talk about all the memories we had at her house. I also really loved how a lot of people could relate to this.

  • Sapphire commented on the post, Who am I? 1 year, 3 months ago

    Dear George:
    I like Your poem, “Who am I?” because you told me about your life in a short, but direct way.
    One line that stands out for me is, “In my parents closet hide and huge box of photos of my family” I think this line is relatable in a certain way because my family keeps family pictures in a barrel.
    Another line that stands out for me is,…[Read more]

  • Sapphire commented on the post, Memories 1 year, 3 months ago

    Thank you Chloé.

  • I rememberwhen I used to get all the attention on my blockI used to wear lovely dresses my grandmother bought me. My hair was always done in bubbles and clips.I remember when I tried to follow a figure skater and

    • What’s crackin Sapphire:

      I am in loveee with your poem, “Bubbles and Clips,” because its like a throwback to my childhood. I used to wear bubbles and clips in my hair. One line that stands out for me is, “I remember when I used to get all the attention on my block”. I think this line is so relatable because as a child, I would also get all of the attention from everyone on my block. Another that stands out for me is, “I remember getting nine staples
      people holding me down to close my cut.” I think this line creates something like a walk down memory lane for me because when I was in Kindergarten, I had cut my finger open and had to get 8 stitches and had people holding me down to get the stitches.

      Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Love youu!

  • Sapphire wrote a new post, Home 1 year, 3 months ago

    I am originally from Brooklyn, where houses and apartments are near each otherThere’s local stores are on every cornerI come from a Trinidadian motherWho always tells me anytime I talk back,“All yuh get it eas

  • Sapphire became a registered member 1 year, 9 months ago