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    Louise Uwibambe, Kigali, Rwanda

    THE BROKEN HEART written by Ruth Graham, inspired this short work. I related to Ruth’s story and have come to a conclusion--the scars our hearts carry from the past should not be carried as a burden.

    Suchita Misra, Austin, TX

    Last year when I went to Hawaii, I had the chance to see breathtaking scenery and had a life-changing experience. The beaches were so serene and beautiful, I walked on the smooth sand with cool ocean water on my feet for hours. The waterfalls were so translucent, I could see...

    Sara Momin, Austin, TX

    In this poem, Momin highlights the feeling of being trapped in a cage, obstructing her from making decisions for herself.

    Louise Uwibambe, Kigali, Rwanda

    Six months of working in an African hub of activism has changed my mind. It happened when we started advocating using articles and discussions. I was too shy, too soft, to speak out the truth that can hurt. My heart would always tell me that was capable of doing something...

    Ashwini Murali, Bay Area, CA

    I miss you when the sun scorches the sky, when the wind shifts the branches, when the waves of the beach pound against the shore like I am trapped in a bell jar I could never quite escape. I always knew I was different, and I suppose you knew it too...

    Introducing our new featured social impact organization! Threading Twine strongly believes in using our platform to advance activism opportunities in various ways along the globe. Previously, we featured Ladki Love, which promotes women’s education and well being in India. This month, we will be featuring Ignite the Youth Africa, an association of African Youth Activists!

    Justin Lyons, Charlotte, NC

    The fall Congressional session kicked off yesterday with President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving Congress on the hook to pass legislation to fix the system by early 2018. It’s one in a litany of legislative issues that Congress will tackle with lawmakers now back from the August recess.

    Sara Momin, Austin, TX

    This poem is about someone that commits suicide because they feel trapped in a society where people are told to value money, not happiness.

    Kate Miller, Abilene, TX

    "I'm not sure [school name] is still a true Christian college/university anymore.” "Are they going to also hold bomb-making classes in this ‘prayer’ room?” "It should be burnt down!”

    When a list is made of things that might make students screaming, cursing mad at their universities, “prayer” isn’t often at the top. However, the above quotations are just a sample of a larger, negative online reaction...

    Angel Montie, St. Louis, MO

    Being biracial is one of things people assume is just so cool. “Oh, you must love saying you’re white and Asian!”. Or this gem from my white grandfather,” We need more biracial people like you to end racism!” (How would I be doing that by existing? Please clarify!)

    Shreya Nakkala, Austin, TX

    ​Once again, Vanessa Hudgens is labeled “Queen of Coachella” as she dresses in bindis and face jewels. The bindi has a spiritual significance in the Hindu culture. The Ajna Chakra is a place on the forehead where the bindi is placed, as it signifies the “Third Eye.” It symbolizes...

    Cynthia Levin and Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis, MO

    Levin is the co-leader of the RESULTS St. Louis chapter and an active member within the RESULTS organization. Editor in Chief, Gokul Venkatachalam, had the opportunity to interview Levin about her work involving relieving poverty and citizen advocacy.

    Juliana Britto, Bay Area, CA

    Today on International Worker’s Day, immigrants, workers and allies across the country are hitting the streets to fight back against President Trump’s immigration agenda. From New York to California, today’s actions come after months of organizing against...

    Haran Kumar, St. Louis, MO

    ​September 11th is a day that will live in infamy. On that day in 1973, Salvador Allende was murdered in cold blood. If he had been the democratically elected leader of Britain or Canada, his death would certainly have drawn international outcry and retaliation...

    Mirah Curzer, Brooklyn, NY

    Curzer, a lawyer and feminist, shares a prayer, asking God for the strength and patience to not give up and continue pursuing activism.

    Ashwini Murali, Bay Area, CA

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been insecure about my looks, my face, my hair, my body. Perhaps it is because I’m a teenager, and these are natural things to feel, but perhaps not. Perhaps my whole life, I will never know what it is to be content with the way I look. I can name at least three guys...

    Emily Gao, Austin, TX

    It’s time for a pop quiz! But don’t worry, it’s an easy question: When did all American women get the right to vote? The answer isn’t 1920. That’s when white women got the right to vote…

    Mirah Curzer, Brooklyn, NY

    There has been a lot of backlash against trigger warnings lately, from an article in the Atlantic calling students “coddled” and selfish, to a self-righteous Slate article declaring a culture of “PC sanctimony"...

    Vincent Hao, Austin, TX

    In Hao's poem, he reminisces about his relationship with his father, hoping his father will one day come to terms with Hao growing up and eventually leaving him.

    Nivi Biju, St. Louis, MO

    Each night ended with a reminder to pray before I went to bed. Sometimes I did, and sometimes I would conveniently “forget”. My parents are semi-religious Hindus, who put me in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dance classes...

    Apurva Sriprasana, Bay Area, CA

    Over the years, the definition of what it means to be a female has evolved. However, the culture that promotes and does not prevent sexual harassment has caused women around the world to live in fear of being used for...

    Jenn Griffen, Chicago, IL

    In Griffen's second published poem on Threading Twine, she reflects on her family situation and how she has had to fill in her father's missing role.

    Kris Kidd and Erica Marney, Los Angeles, CA and Danville, PA

    Kris Kidd, a confessional poet and essayist, is young, hot, and hating it. Kidd, who can be found in campaigns, like Calvin Klein, and multiple short films, has two published books, I Can’t Feel My Face and Down for Whatever.

    Threading Twine’s Director of Development, Erica Marney, had the incredible opportunity to interview Kidd. Here are the Kidd’s responses to her questions.

    Bharat Sreekrishnavilas, St. Louis, MO

    Early in the morning, still exhausted, I rush to get ready for school, Twice as fast as I usually would on a regular day. A quick shower and an even quicker bite of breakfast before I rush off to school. I speed walk through empty halls, half an hour before any of my peers arrive. More or less the last to enter the room...

    Akhila Vemuri, Bay Area, CA

    Freshmen year: she started photography.The same friends modeled for her, resulting in all her photographs to seem repetitive: a girl against a wall or lockers, looking sad and alone. She enjoyed taking pictures like these during her early years of high school, because...

    Vincent Hao, Austin, TX

    Published poet, Vincent Hao's poem is inspired by the recovery process of a sickened loved one.

    Hanniya Zohdi, Vancouver, Canada

    In Zohdi's abstract poem, she reflects upon what it is like to experience insomnia.

    Kristen Shi, Toronto, Canada

    I feel like as a kid, a lot of old people told me I was going to be influenced by fashion and figures that I found in magazines. Once again, boomers have failed to characterize my generation at all, because neither I nor anyone I know has ever picked up anything close to a fashion magazine...

    Ian Chiu, Austin, TX

    The odor of sweet-scented alcohol filled the gloomy atmosphere of my sixth-block classroom. As I carefully reviewed the notes of the procedure I had taken the day before, I couldn’t help but anticipate the wonders of exploring a sheep’s...

    Juliana Britto, Bay Area, CA

    Since Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Change.org community has been pushing state governors to reaffirm their commitment...

    Aarushi Machavarapu, Austin, TX

    As teenagers, we ask ourselves an abundance of questions. We attempt to find ourselves while being inundated by people telling us who we should be, we question our identity the most at the times we feel they should be most established, and we ask ourselves what society wants to see from us, not who we want to be in society. I’ve been asking myself these questions lately, and I’ve found one question lingers

    W. Douglas Banks, Morristown, NJ

    When I agreed to participate in the latest commercial by Ancestory.com entitled “Declaration Descendants,” which used descendants of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, my greatest fear...

    Barbara DiGangi, New York, NY

    Beyonce, looking like a goddess more than ever, hosted her Carter Push Party last weekend. While most are on the edge of our seats waiting for double the BEYbies...

    Mikola De Roo, Brooklyn, NY

    Here’s the context: You’ve just come from an amazing rally. Or a march. Or a conference. Or a protest involving courageous acts of civil disobedience. Most of what you have seen and heard leaves you awestruck. The entire way home afterward...

    Geoffrey Stone, Chicago, IL

    One of the police officers who was grievously wounded last July in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a brutal attack by Gavin Long, a black, 29-year-old former Marine, filed an action on Friday for damages against the Black Lives Matter movement and several of its leading activists...

    Martin Urbach, New York, NY

    Talking about themes of social justice activism with students can be a challenging and scary conversation for us educators and for our school administrators. These topics are complex and thus I understand why school administrators might be hesitant about this work...

    Gokul Venkatachalam, St. Louis, MO

    Lights begin to flash, and the collective anticipation of the thousands of spectators and eliminated contestants permeates the large auditorium. Donned in a checkered shirt (with a LeBron James jersey underneath for luck), khakis, and white Legend Blue Jordan 11’s...

    Jenn Griffin, Chicago, IL

    In her abstract poem, Jenn Griffen features her window as a motif to help express her and other teenagers' emotions.

     

     

    Jenna Woginrich, Jackson, NY

    When I was in junior high (that is what we called middle school in small-town America) I had a huge crush on a boy who seemed like an unattainable celebrity, even then. He was tan, fit and had the kind of dreamy hair boys illustrated on the cover...

    Olivia Tung, Austin, TX

    I wiped my sweaty palms against the itchy chiffon tightly wrapped around my body. The bench felt worn beneath me. My heart pounded as my eyes darted back and forth across a sea of black and white. I finally looked up one last time: impatient judges glaring, pens in their hands...

    Amos Chen, St. Louis, MO

    If you type the words, “Missouri bipolar,” into Google, the first suggested search result is, “Missouri bipolar weather.” Ask anyone who’s spent significant amounts of time in the Show Me State and they’ll regale you for hours with tales of the volatile unpredictability of the climate in a state...

    Matyas Csiki-Fejer, St. Louis, MO

    An abstract explanation of the value of silence and solitude, this poem describes the feeling of being unnaturally alone in a world where we rarely are.

    Cheryl Ma, St. Louis, MO

    Breathing heavily with sweat dripping down my face, I look around in trepidation and brace myself for the dreaded chaos that I had long apprehended, but knew was now upon me: Water balloon time. The sound of my heartbeat rings in my eardrums as the eighteen Mexican toddlers...

    Yasmin Younis, Boston, MA

    Mindy Kaling, one of Hollywood’s esteemed Comedy Queens, did it again. Did what, exactly? Hilariously addressed major social issues in her hit comedy, “The Mindy Project.” In an episode titled “Mindy Lahiri is a White Man...

    Erica Marney, Danville, PA

    One day in English class, we discussed animal cruelty and vegan diets. Mrs. Filipelli posed the simple question: “Why is being vegan so important?” I piped up, explaining “Consuming animal products only aids animal cruelty; vegans are trying to...

    Ellie Fichtelberg, Chicago, IL

    As famous youth American entrepreneur, Walt Disney, once said, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” This inspires children to have many long term hopes and dreams, whether it be creating an art gala or ending world hunger. However, in order to do anything nowadays, we need a college degree, preferably from an Ivy or other high ranked school. To get there...

    Sanjana Goli, Bay Area, CA

    "Sanjana, don’t be worried! It’ll be fun,” my sister pacified me as I walked into the volunteering program for the first time. Despite her reassurance, I couldn’t wipe the look of apprehension from my face as I thought to myself, “What if they don’t like me? What if I can’t help them?”...

    Olivia Tung, Austin, TX

    I have always described my relationship with my mom with the words “close” and “strong”. For as long as I can remember, I have accompanied her while running seemingly mundane errands, such as buying groceries and going to the bank. Whenever I am out shopping with friends, I text her pictures of possible purchases so I can get not only a parent’s opinion...

    Nina Maitra, St. Louis, MO.

    When we think of heroes, usually we think about the ones in comics or movies who fly into our brain with perfect jawlines wearing dashing capes. In reality, a hero could be someone as brave as Superman, or someone as mundane as your next door neighbor. While these two examples are different, both strive to make the world a better place. So, what defines a hero? This lacks a clear answer...

    Chinmaya Andukuri, Austin, TX

    There comes a point during adolescence - somewhere between freshman orientation, driving for the first time and listening to speeches during graduation - at which you question yourself.

    You question your authority, your credibility, your accomplishments, and above all, your identity. You get lost in...

    Lisa Moomaw, Austin, TX

    In some circles, it’s become a commonly cited statistic that the United States of America, the supposed greatest country in the world, landed at a disappointing 24th in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment’s (PISA) ranking of best education systems by country. We are third biggest...

    Janice Oh, Austin, TX

    In our ever increasingly competitive society, more and more teens are pressured to fit into the “perfect mold” to attempt to appeal to colleges. You can try to be amazing at everything. But the thing is, if you're good at everything, what makes you special? Keeping the top grades in every subject...

    Aarushi Machavarapu, Austin, TX

    Hi, I'm Aarushi Machavarapu, the founder of Threading Twine, and a 15 year old from Austin, Texas. I am a current sophomore in high school, and my dream is to change the world through social activism combined with creative passions...

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