The dappled leaves rustle. A low wind breathes through the branches.
Spring has come to the enchanted forest, bringing the first new student writing of the year. If you sit very quietly, you might catch a glimpse of What We Have In Common, the second collection of student writing from 826 Valencia's Mission Bay program. What We Have In Common is a noble creature, wise beyond its years. It is full of young people thinking deeply and earnestly about the world, their communities, and their places therein, and also giving words to their joy. From Clayton Hill's "Saucy Boi" to Cathy Li's "Singing For Freedom," What We Have In Common reflects the gravity of our current era as well as the hope and levity our students still hold.
826 Valencia's mission has always been to bring joy and wonder to our students, to invite them to explore, and to empower them to express themselves through their writing. Spring is a time of growth and renewal. Let nothing impede you.