Thursday, May 22, 2014

Milk Stamp

The Harvey Milk stamp was issued today by the U.S. Postal Service.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Connecting with Their Dreams

In the Fall of 2004, I volunteered at 826 Valencia, a non-profit in the Mission District that teaches writing skills to K-12 kids in San Francisco. One of the 826 in-school programs is tutoring high school seniors on their college application essays. For first generation English-speaking teenagers, learning to express themselves in a compelling way -- despite their grammatical limitations -- is perhaps their greatest challenge.

Working with students at Galileo Academy, I found that one way of connecting with their dreams was to read their stories about themselves, their families and peers. It's where they reveal their aspirations, anxieties and aptitudes.

As I wrote afterward in Galileo Glory, discovering the meaning of life at sixteen is a burden that needs to be shared.