4th Grader From Polk Elementary Demands That His School Be Renamed

When Malachi Suarez, a fourth grader at Polk Elementary in Fresno, California, researched his school’s namesake for an assignment, he was disappointed to learn of the 11th US president’s racist past. Now, he is petitioning the Central Unified School Board to change the school’s name. “The majority of Central Unified students are children of color. […]

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Quarantine Culture

Mass protests over the last year have shown a dramatic shift in the way young people are taking action. Between navigating the virus, rampant police brutality, and an increasingly uncertain political terrain, student protesters have it hard. Luckily, one resource has proved to be endlessly useful: social media. “Social media definitely played a big part […]

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Online Learning: One Student’s Take

Online learning has been difficult for everyone. Alexis Zuniga, a student at Fresno State, knows this better than anyone. “I noticed my motivation and drive to complete my work had significantly decreased. I found myself becoming depressed and feeling lonely. This feeling, combined with stress, made completing that spring semester a challenge,” she said. She’s […]

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The Angel That Left Too Soon

Lauren Webb was living a normal life for a 21 year old. Then, her best friend died of cancer. In this heartbreaking note, Webb says her final goodbyes. “You are an inspiration to everyone you’ve touched with your contagious spirit. I’m so blessed to have the privilege to say you were my best friend and […]

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A Trans Experience

Ashens Limon reflects on his experience as a transgender man and the challenges he faces because of his identity. “Just last year, the principal of my school told me and another trans student that we were not allowed to use the male dressing room for theatre. He tried to force us to use the staff […]

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Blinded Silence

What happens when your own father emotionally abuses you? That’s something youth poet Alexis Zuniga has been struggling to answer for most of her life. In this heartfelt poem from The kNOw, she explores feelings of abandonment, mistrust and betrayal. “I needed you,” she writes. “A daughter needs her father.” Read the full poem on […]

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Behind Our Masks

#BehindOurMasks sheds an important light on how #COVID-19 is affecting young Californians’ everyday lives. From education, to family, to employment, this pandemic has deeply impacted the younger generation, particularly young people of color who are experiencing a different reality than what is being shared in the mainstream media. This project is in collaboration between Boyle […]

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