Incarcerated Youth and Their Families: Human Just Like Everyone Else

Watching my brother go to jail opened my eyes to the fact that I want to help and work with youth who have been incarcerated. There is no age requirement for the ability to feel pain over an uncontrollable situation. I’m 16 years old, and I’ve probably seen more of the system than most youth out in society.

Pull Up One More Chair For Youth

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Remaking a Life: Inside and Out

I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25.

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.