Sailing through Memory

My mind is somewhat of a junkyard, full of twisted metal and lost souls, and I sweat as I run from demons that pose as guilty pleasures. My future looks close, yet far, like a regatta waiting for me at bay.

An Unspoken Voice

With the InsideOUT Writers program, I devote myself to using my voice to help others, but it wasn’t always this way. I spent my childhood feeling voiceless.

Autism: An Experience, a Story, a Proposal

My name is Benjamin Adams and I have autism. I was diagnosed with autism when I was 2 years old and have been dealing with its challenges ever since.

Inside Out Writers: An Introduction

I was 15 and already convicted. Shepherded by probation officers up and down the halls at Central prior to any official sentencing, I was guilty before proven innocent — until the IOW program came along.

A Message to Queer Youth in the Wake of Orlando

For some, the ubiquity and high frequency of mass shootings in the United States is nothing less than shocking. But many teens feel less disgusted and awed and more downright apathetic toward these tragedies. And it is hardly our fault.

Legalized Torture: A Solitary Confinement Experience

"After just 24 hours, I testify that solitary confinement is hell on earth. Solitary confinement is legalized torture," says Anyssa Williams, a Georgia State University student who spent 24 hours in an 8 by 8 cell replica for a school assignment.

No Job, No Home, No Green Card: Crashing Into 21

“Do you know you’re an illegal immigrant?”

I was 19 when my social worker asked me this question. Shocked and confused, I said, “What do you mean?” Throughout my life, I had heard about undocumented immigrants from TV and from friends and family. I didn’t realize I was one of them.

Preventive Services Saved My Family

I was pregnant when I aged out of foster care. My boyfriend and I wanted to have the baby, but I worried I'd always be a target for Child Protective Services (CPS) because I grew up in foster care and was mentally ill. But CPS and the mental health system ended up providing a great support system.