Green Dot Public School

*I AM

I AM YOU

ALL

Josue

Green Dot Day Summer­ 2013
See me, Hear me, Watch me Soar

I AM NOT LAME
I WILL BE HEAVEN ON EARTH I WILL NEVER BE SEPARATE

Michael

I AM FUNNY
I AM NOT CRAZY
I WILL BE IN THE MILITARY I WILL NEVER BE A LIAR

Morales I AM AN ATHLETE

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*I AM NOT STUPID
I WILL BE A PROFESSIONAL
I WILL NEVER BE WITHOUT HOPE

Ruth I AM ETHIOPIAN

I AM NOT CALM
I WILL BE SOMEONE WHO HELPS PEOPLE AND I WILL NEVER BE A SLAVE

London I AM AN OVER­ACHIEVER

*I AM NOT A STEREOTYPE
I WILL BE REMEMBERED
I WILL NEVER BE A FOLLOWER

Mata

I AM HISPANIC
*I AM NOT ALONE
I WILL BE A FIREFIGHTER
I WILL NEVER BE UNEQUAL

Steph

I AM RANDOM
I AM NOT A HEROINE...YET
I WILL BE AN ASTRONAUT
I WILL NEVER BE SOMETHING I WISH
NOT TO BE

Cynthia

I AM CREATIVE
*I AM NOT SILENT
I WILL BE A CSI AGENT
I WILL NEVER BE SELF­CENTERED

Nancy

I AM A LEADER
I AM
NOT WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE I WILL BE A WORLD TRAVELER
I WILL NEVER BE A STATISTIC

September

I AM SMART
*I AM NOT PERFECT
I WILL BE VALEDICTORIAN
I WILL NEVER BE BRAVE ALL THE TIME

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*SEE ME

ALL

Nancy
If you could SEE ME, really see me, you would see all of my unanswered questions. You would see my mind constantly thinking.

Mata
You would see that I never give up. I push my limits. And I learn from my mistakes.

Cynthia
You would see that I act differently with different people, because it is hard for me to gain trust and express my true self.

Michael
You would see that I am lovely, weird, unique and so funny.

September
If you could SEE ME, really see me, you would see a reflection of every human being that has existed, you would feel scared, but also firm in what you see. You would see me.

ALL

*HEAR ME

Nancy
If you could HEAR ME, really hear me, you would be confused because I can’t make out my own feelings. Sometimes I’m really sure what they are, but then they turn out to be something else.

Mata
You would hear a boy with broken dreams, but who still dreams on. You would hear a

guy that likes to accomplish his goals. You would hear a man who has high expectations. You would hear me.

Cynthia
You would hear my voice. A voice of change. A voice of truth and ultimately, a voice that isn’t afraid to be heard.

Michael

You would hear a dreamer filled with excitement, laughter, and happiness.

September
If you could HEAR ME, really hear me, you would hear my geniusness. It would blow

your mind and change the way you think. ALL

*WATCH ME

Nancy
WATCH ME attempt to fly like a little bird but too scared to do so.

Mata
WATCH ME be the real me, no more fake feelings.

Cynthia
WATCH ME grow. Watch me blossom. Watch me succeed.

Michael WATCH ME speak against society.

September
WATCH ME break stereotypes and become the woman I want to be.

London
WATCH ME grow from the concrete crack, from nothing
to success.

Ruth
WATCH ME accomplish my goals. Watch me prove you wrong.

Morales
WATCH ME break through barriers and do so much more.

Josue WATCH ME stand up for myself.

Steph
WATCH ME wash away the littlest bit of doubt.

ALL

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*WATCH ME BE AMAZING! London

The world I live in hides the truth.

Steph
The world I live in is dangerous yet beautiful.

Josue
The world I live in is polluted with too much violence.

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Morales
The world I live in is a complete disaster. When I try to sleep I hear police helicopters.

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Ruth
The world I live in is a place of poverty. Graffiti on the wall and filled with trash. Homes are put on sale but never sold. People come and go, but I never seem to leave. Everyday it’s harder to stay alive. I want to be free.

Steph
I used to think I was just here. now I know...

ALL *WE HAVE A PURPOSE

London
I used to think we made a living by doing things that people would tell us to do.

Now I know we make a living with our hearts, with our love, with our power.

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Ruth
I used to think I had to work to get something from this world. To become something I

didn’t want to be. Now I know... ALL

*WE CAN MAKE THIS A BETTER WORLD Josue

The world I want to live in is filled with love.

Morales
The world I want to live in has no pain.

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Ruth
The world I want to live in is peaceful, where everyone is treated equally.

London
The world I want to live in is a beautiful place.

Josue
Just open your eyes and you can see it.

Morales It’s clear that I belong here.

Ruth
I am home. and so I cherish it.

Steph
The world I want to live in is where dreams come true.

London
The world I want to live in listens to my story

Ruth Listens to my words

ALL *LISTEN TO MY WORDS

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September
Words are much stronger than I am. Words can hurt or mean so much. Words can

make you weaker, or stronger. Words can make a person change.

Josue
If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist.

With nothing to read, you wouldn’t learn. With nothing to learn, you wouldn’t matter. With nothing to matter, you shouldn’t exist. Now go backwards...NOW!

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Steph
Do I tell the truth, or disguise my feelings in words that will be understood only by me?

Do I hide everything I have done, or disguise myself and become someone I am not? Do I do what society tells me to do? Do I become that stereotypical person?
NO. NO MORE.
I have to become myself.

All of this acting is tearing me apart from the inside out. I need to become someone I want to be.
I need to become me!

Morales I am not afraid of silence.

Silence is afraid of me.
Silence is just like a river trying to attract people If silence is good for the wise
how is it for the foolish?

Cynthia

I am water.
I am water that can be seen clearly.
People go through me.
Not even knowing that I have feelings.
I am the water that runs through your hands. To clean up your problems.
I am the water that runs through the river. Seeking a place to stop and start over.
I am endless.
Yes, I am water.
And I am free to be anything I want to be.

Nancy
Her absence became her presence.

Standing alone made her visible to the world.
She once craved to be the center of attention.
But in her absence, she discovered a new presence. New places. New worlds.
Where solitude erased negativity.
This girl vanished.
And a woman blossomed.
She became visible.
Her presence became admired.
And she learned this through being absent.

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Michael
What kind of bird are you that you can swim?

That you can drink
That you can see the water
That you can hear the water running through
that you can hear the love of your wings telling you
I want water
I want water
for you.
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Ruth I will survive the names

London
I will survive the hurt of my ancestors.

Ruth I will survive the comments.

London
Even to this day my people are being oppressed, harassed, and deprived a life that is

promised to them in our precious constitution. Ruth

I will survive the whispers London

I will not fall victim to those monsters who pretend to be our friends Ruth

I will survive war and trial Together

*BECAUSE WE HAVE GOD

London
I will survive the hurt endured and prove to the world that I am not a stereotype.

I will be an independent young successful black woman.

Ruth I will survive and when I do

All those who doubted me will believe
And all those who rejected me will see that they were wrong.

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Mata I did not find my voice

My voice found me
When I spoke my mind
I said what I wanted to say
It is all true and no one can judge me I did not find my voice

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ALL *MY VOICE FOUND ME

*GREEN DOT IS...

Steph My future Josue Life September Education Nancy Leadership Cynthia Part of us Morales Courage London Preparation Ruth Success Michael Animo Mata OUR future

My name is Stephanie I am an

Steph

Josue My name is Josue Flores

I am a senior at Oscar Dela Joya September

My name is September I am a 7th Grader at

Cynthia My name is Cynthia Rodriguez

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I am a senior at Animo Leadership Charter High School

Morales My name is Juan Morales

I am an 8th grader and I go to APW, I mean Animo Pat Brown Charter School

London My name is London Edwards

I am a senior at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School

Ruth My name is Ruth Baly

I am a senior at Animo Venice Charter High School

Michael My name is Michael

I am a 7th grader at Animo

Mata My name is Juan Mata

I am a senior at Animo Locke Technology High School

Nancy My name is Nancy Aguilar

I am a senior at Animo Inglewood Charter High School AND We want to THANK YOU Green Dot for

ALL *WE HAVE A VOICE

*WE

*ARE GREEN DOT

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