"Every month I am sent supportive and encouraging letters from my Uncle Charlie, who has been in jail since before I was born. Through these letters I can see how often he thinks of me and even though I've only seen him about 5 times we have a really strong relationship. He inspires me to seek new opportunities and continues to put a smile on my face in every single 5 minutes we have on the phone. Through every letter I feel loved even more as he signs the letter 'Love Always Uncle Charlie.'"
"I live in a SE neighborhood called 37th. There is a view near my house that shows townhouses that clearly differ from the houses in my neighborhood. They are bigger, more expensive and aren't as lively as the neighborhood I live in. I don't ever see anyone in the other neighborhood, but I see a lot of cars so I know it's occupied. It's like they watch us while we watch them, except they probably see us more than we see them."
"While I was a public school student, I felt extremely ignorant of the world around me. Much of what I was learning seemed to be irrelevant in the world outside the classroom. Being homeschooled gifted me with the freedom to explore topics relevant to my reality and identity. As a result, I am more informed about the world and my role in it. I feel more empowered to change what disturbs me about society. Because of these books I have become more engaged in making change in the world."
"After school a couple of students were in their teacher/advisor's office speaking about their lives. Students and teachers at my school have a [special] relationship. There's a respect but also love and friendship. Our advisories are like a small community where you can turn when things don't work out in life."