Mentally Realest

We work closely with our partners at DanSan Creatives, a community organization that uses stories to inspire empathy and accelerate justice.

Each year, we compile the work of their youth poetry group. The youth work throughout the school year to create work that they’re proud of and that tell a wide range of experiences. The work shares their stories and speaks to issues related to their marginalization like racism, sexism, homophobia, and depression.

At the book release, every student of the program receives a free copy of the book and the school district and public libraries invest in these youth by purchasing some of the books for their literature collections.