My House was Empty

We appreciate the little things. And that makes all the difference.

Home is Not Smelling Cherry Pie

An honest look at how our experience of home often differs from the stereotypical “happy home.”

I Come From South Central

Welcome to my block. Would you like to take a walk with me?

I’m Not the Only One

Everyone has a story. POPS (Pain of the Prison System) is my story.

I Come from Gospel Music Blasting at 4 a.m.

Glorious Owens takes us straight into South Central.

I am Full of Hatred

What man lead to such hate?

Engraved in My Memory

A heart touching reflection by Grecia Jara on losing a parent.

Because of You

I was taught how to become violent when someone tries to control me or walk over me.

Is This What My Parents Warned Me About?

I’m 18 now. Less than a month left before I graduate high school. Time to get to know the “real world.”

I See All Your Dark Sides

Dive straight into the mind of a daughter who is visiting her father in prison.

Broken Man

He was a broken man with no way out.

‘Please Mijo, Don’t be Like Your Sister. Be Someone in Life’

I didn’t realize I was an addict until I attended a P.O.P.S. meeting.

A Dream Comes a Long Way When a Young Man Writes

Anthony Rios shows us how to take charge of our own dreams.

When Will He Get Out?

The day my whole life changed was when my father was jailed for the second time.

Was I an Athlete Headed to Vegas or a Juvenile Headed to Jail?

I was a sixteen-year-old kid looking forward to celebrating his seventeenth birthday later that week.

I am a Soldier in this Cold World

Alberto Hernandez and other young men in Mid City, LA can’t escape the reality of trauma and race.