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This page is a collection of past editorials, creative work and past issues of W.I.S.E. Youth Chronicles, W.I.S.E. Quotes, W.I.S.E. links, P.O.W. Movement, Dear Dee and the Self-Awareness Exercises completed by W.I.S.E Youth during the W.I.S.E. Writing Workshop. Click on the navigation bar for updated pages.


W.I.S.E. Youth Quotes for Feb. 5, 2005
I will know love when I realize..relationships never die..they change.. Iyanla Vanzant..
"Life is a banquet. And the tragedy is
that most people are starving to death."
-- Anthony de Mello

W.I.S.E. Youth Quotes for Feb. 12th, 2005
Today I am devoted to allowing life to reveal to me things I need to know about myself... Iyanla Vanzant.


W.I.S.E. Writing Workshop Exercises

Tell your story in a poem- Self Awareness Exercise Feb. 19
Last week we introduced ourselves to each other by our first names and gave reasons why they were given and what they represented to us. This week, we would like you to write the word SELF going vertically on an index card. Leave enough space on the card for additional text. Create an adjective for every letter of the word SELF that best describes you.
Step 2- Now think of a person in your life that you just can not communicate with no matter how hard you try. Think of how they make you feel. Remember how you feel when they just don't understand you or vice versa. Now write a 4 line narrative poem about that person using the adjectives that you used to best describe yourself. What are the results? Does your poem hold any truth? What does that person sound like now? Can you see how differences in communication may play a role in relationships due to the similarities between people? Did you ever think that person may be a lot like you? That they might be just as confused as you? The SELF that you best described, may be a reflection of your worst relationship. Take time to analyze and share your concepts of people and their emotions and personalities. Understand the things you like/dislike in other people may be the things you like/dislike in yourself. Where do those ideas need adjustment in your life? Where does your SELF-worth come from? Others or yourself? You choose.

This Sexy girl has such an Exciting way
Her Loving style makes people smile
Her Fashionable sense drives people
up the wall
But when I stand next to her
I feel so small.
Part of what I have or know,
Sweet in the words he uses
Eloquent in demeanor
Loving to all in his presence
His Fire is why I can't be there.
Sweet when he wants to be
Encouraging in the wrong ways
Loving at certain moments
and will never be Faithful
I can't complain she is a Smart woman.
She's not boring like other parents
cause she makes life Exciting.
When I'm depressed she is the most Lovable
Although she is corny, I try to tell her the jokes are funny.
Her Sensitivity has become evil to me.
The Energetic person that I thought she was
really was just Loving herself and noone else.
It's Funny though love was all I needed.
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My Sweetness doesn't mean anything to her.
It is Exciting not to be with her.
But Loving to try to understand her.
I'm Friendly when it comes to her to get to know her better.
He acts Silly to hide insecurity
He Entertains to show happiness
He is Loving to other so people can love him.
It's Funny to say that this is me.
Smart woman but takes it too far.
Exciting woman but her life is so hard
Lovable woman but can't control it too well
Funny woman but I hurt for her
cause her life is a living hell.
We're both Smart so why do you hate me?
We live life to an Extreme but love was too extreme for you to admit.
You remember how Loving I am.
You regret not admitting you cared.
So now you see me Fly away
And you wish I hadn't left you.
Her Spiritual blanket protected me.
Her Eccentric soul rubbed off on me.
With a Loving Fascination she watches me.

Mirror Image- Self Awareness Exercise-2/26
One W.I.S.E. Youth student will volunteer to pose for a portrait to be done by the group. The students will sketch the volunteer student while sketching their self-portrait as well. The students will be asked to capture the volunteer defining their self on paper. They will be asked to be as creative as possible with crayons, paper and pencil. The volunteer student will keep their self-portrait hidden until all the students present their visual perception of their fellow W.I.S.E. youth. All student's work will be revealed one at a time as they ponder certain questions with the group. What does the subject represent to them? What did they try to express in their drawings? What emotion does it convey? Who believes they sketched the best portrait? Which resembles the student the most?
Step 2- The volunteer student is asked to reveal their self-portrait. Although they are asked the same questions about the self-portrait, they are asked to choose the one that best resembles them from the outside.
It would be important to realize that the way you see yourself might not always be the way the world sees you. That sometimes the way others percieve you might not be as important as who you believe you truly are. That others can paint a picture of you according to what you allow them to see. It is up to you to represent correctly what self means in order to draw an accurate picture for the world to see. The world's image of you is not stronger than the image of you in the world!



P.O.W. Movement


Dear Dee,


W.I.S.E. Links

Articles for Group Discussion on Sat. Feb 12/19

Don't be Cruel!Why Bother?

Communication:The stepping stone to healing

Articles for Group Discussion on Sat. Feb 26

Teens: The forgotten face of Black History

Virtue and Virginity

Losing it: What is virginity?

Teen Sexual Behavior- Questions asked at meeting 2/26

Virginity-What does it mean? Virtue and Virginity

Is someone who is raped or molested no longer a virgin?

Is actual intercourse the only act that counts when determining ones virginity?

If you willingly engage in other intimate sexual acts but do not have intercourse, is it fair to still consider yourself a virgin?

Is being a virgin based on your feelings, what you do, or is it a combination of both?

Is the current definition of virginity, and all the social stigma attached to it, biased toward girls? Is this right?

Is virginity subjective (based on how the individual views themselves and what they do) or objective (how the situation is viewed by others on the outside)?

Articles for Group Discussion on Sat. Mar. 5

Symptoms of Emotional Abuse


Love is not abuse: Survivors and Supporters

Girls Allowed:Teen animation and relationship scenarios.



Ways to Inspire Self-Empowerment in Youth
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