The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

In a time when we're seeing that the same problems persist, in spite of things changing and moving forward, Shaniqua expresses some of these thoughts and feelings through poetry. Liquid fury slides down cheeks Outwardly venting, wondering Will bureaucracy end? Will false protection burn out? Predictable phrases sing from pig’s mouths Off-key melodies turning ears … Continue reading The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 1

Shaniqua looks back on a deep conversation at The Kickback, focusing on youth violence. On June 18th, we sat down to talk about youth violence, a topic that continues to be an important at YPI, resulting in really big conversation. So big, in fact, that I've had to split the conversation into two parts. I … Continue reading How can we drive down youth violence? – Part 1

Self Harm: Tasha’s Story

Tasha* started self-harming when she was about 15-years-old, as she took a key to her lower arm and created a short scratch.  She doesn't remember exactly what triggered it, but she remembers having feelings of anger and a desire to see a scar - "I wanted to see if I had the ability to make … Continue reading Self Harm: Tasha’s Story