Stories, Poetry, Art & Other Wisdom

by The PATHfinder Club and POPS the Club Editor: Amy Friedman

Early in this volume of poetry, essays, stories, and wisdom created by the youth of The PATHfinder Club and POPS the Club and edited by Amy Friedman, Tamira Shany advises readers that we have just two options: "Take pride and fail or endure and succeed." As you dive into Advice for 9th Graders (designed to guide 9th graders as they navigate high school but equally inspiring for the rest of us), we begin to understand that these young people are steering us toward endurance. As Rachael Galper's photograph, Biased Comparisons, so beautifully illustrates, the best course is to find a way to express yourself without fear of judgment.
These young people, whose lives have been impacted by incarceration and other systems, have found a sense of comfort, or, as Jess Sandoval writes, "I made myself my home." The anthology resounds with sage advice and poetry; with sometimes sad longings of youth; and with buoyant joy, sharp insights, and unstoppable energy.

The Pathfinder Network is a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that provides justice system-impacted individuals and families with the tools and support they need to be safe and thrive in our communities. We meet people right where they are, at every step of the criminal justice system and beyond. The PATHfinder Club (Paving a Trail of Hope) and POPS the Club provide support and resources to teens impacted by incarceration, transforming hurt and harm to hope and healing.

Release Date: 02/13/2024

ISBN 9781952197147
196 pages

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