In the Words of, are segments and pieces written by authors within our extended i love this place community. These young people offer their own perspective, lens and analysis of issues around societal issues, community change and their own experiences.
A true thespian, Kelvin embodies a passion for theater and the performing arts incomparable to many other young 'theater kids.' Their love for theater is greatly influenced by how texts resonate with him. This piece tells the story of their experience motivating and supporting others despite their own doubts.
I got to meet Max.
I got to meet Alejandra.
I got to meet Luis.
I got to meet Veronica.
Max thought he’d never be smart enough to be a teacher.
Alejandra thought she would never be as good as any other clothing designer.
Luis didn’t talk much and lacked motivation.
Veronica never wanted to step up as a leader.
Monday, instead of lecturing a group, I let Max teach me something I didn’t know.
Tuesday, I asked Alejandra to let me look through her sketchbook. A truly stunning sight, I promise you.
Wednesday, I struck up a conversation with Luis about how he was doing. I even recommended some ways to keep his head up.
Thursday, during the student group practice presentations, I urged Veronica to speak up a bit more instead of standing in the back.
A rush of confidence.
A gentle nudge.
Max felt empowered.
Alejandra felt good enough.
Luis felt that his voice mattered.
Veronica felt like she could take on the world.
Now their hopes and dreams are more powerful than ever. It wasn’t because they were given any sort of “secret guide” or “magical potion” to fix their problems. The only thing they needed was someone in their corner.
Someone to make them feel like they weren’t stupid for shooting for the stars.
Someone who stood by them when they were down.
Someone who made them feel like they mattered.
Kelvin Sanchez, 16