The Elmhurst, Queens workshop was held at SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action). SAYA! serves young people with roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Trinidad. The vibrant nonprofit is located in the basement of a church in Elmhurst, Queens. These stories were awarded the National Coming Up Taller Award at a White House Ceremony in recognition of outstanding arts and humanities programs for children.
Amina isn't proud of it, but she readily admits that she gossips a lot. Like the girls in the movie Mean Girls, Amina and her friends do it all the time. She jokingly says it's like "Muslim Girls Gone Wild."
Like a lot of teenagers, Yesica has spent hours and hours online, mostly chatting to her friends, some of whom lived only blocks away. Sometimes she found she couldn't stop herself from logging on, even when, hours later, she'd log off feeling like she'd been in a trance. Yesica knew she wasn't actually addicted to the internet, but she decided to take a closer look at what was driving this exhausting need.
Yesica was mentored by Ave Carrillo.
Prince grew up in Flushing, Queens but the neighborhood he considers his real home is in Jamaica, Queens, the same place his mom struggled to get him away from. Prince's best friend in Jamaica is his cousin Timmy. The two have similar backgrounds, but while Prince has stayed focused on school and staying out of trouble, Timmy has joined a gang. Prince story talks about two similar lives with important differences.
Prince was mentored by Jim Colgan.
Wen moved to the United States from China in 2001 and she hasn't returned since. In China, Wen lived with her grandparents and was surrounded by her extended family. Here in New York, it's just her and her mom.
Have you ever had a dream that you were aware you were dreaming? Neil had a dream like that so powerful and intense that it set him on a months-long journey to perfect the art of lucid dreaming. He wasn't interested in the meaning of his dreams, he just wanted the freedom to be able to fly.
Neil was mentored by Fred Mogul.
Just three out of every million Americans are diagnosed each year with a potentially fatal blood disease called Aplastic Anemia. Edward was one of them. He was 12 years old when he entered the hospital and received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from his littlest brother, followed by months in the hospital and a year recuperating at home.