Steve Anderson

As Interviewed by N. J.
"These charities rely on fundraising and people to contribute dollars to keep them going and to help these kids to buy food to provide shelter, and to give them am education."
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Carol and Bob Dombroski

As Interviewed by Katherine Chacon
"Our kids take education for granted in our country, but those kids have such a desire to learn. It’s beautiful. "
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Keri Kinsey

As Interviewed by Elaine Kinsey
"Because that’s what all children really deserve, is safe and permanent homes."
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Anissa Everett

As Interviewed by McKenna Everett
"I really appreciate being able to be that person, these kids might not have other people in their lives that they can trust, or just talk to or that they can just have fun with and just be kids with."
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Elaine Hartle

As interviewed by William Slatton
"The biggest [problem with foster care] in Texas, well nationwide, is that foster care is supposed to be a very short-term layer between reuniting children with their biological family or getting them adopted, but there’s so much back and forth now that more and more youth are growing up in this system that’s not what’s meant to be. So you have youth that by the time they are in their teens have been in 15 or 20 different places. So there’s just a lack of security, a lack of a constant force in their lives and those are big struggles."
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Yingchan Tang

As Interviewed by Danika L.
"There was this strong, uncomfortable smell in the air. Sometimes, breathing was hard."
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Iram "J" Leon

A survivor of hardship.
"The way it was explained to me was that your brain is kind of like your body so if you lose a leg its kind of going to be inconvenient but odds are as long as you move at the right accessory but the thing is that it isn't going to affect your lifespan but that someone has a whole lot less space."
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Cynthia Lowen

As Interviewed by Claire Cabler
"What millions of kids are going through is a silent and invisible epidemic of violence."
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Lori Duke

John Kilfoyle, 2014, Student
"The trouble is we treat everything like it’s a cold. “Take some cold medicine. Have some soup and some rest.” When in reality we have a cancer, an invading, metastatic cancer, and the system responds as if it’s a cold."
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Darcy McNutt

As interviewed by Julia Butler
"In elementary school, we definitely didn't get treated with much respect in terms of knowing what we were doing and making our own decisions. Even in middle school we didn't really get that."
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Terry Cole

As Interviewed by Lael Weatherby
"They really want the same things we want. They may have different ways of expressing it, but they want the same things."
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Paige Schilt

As Interviewed by Mia Czarnecki
"I was really surprised to find that his elementary school was actually the place where I felt the queerest and the most marginal of any of my other social spaces."
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Sharon Bieser

As Interviewed by Maddie D.
"I would love for people to understand what it’s like to be a single mother, and very poor with no place to live. I don’t believe it should be happening in this country but it’s happening {in} many, many places and it’s happening very frequently."
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Kelvin Lam

As Interviewed by Kendrick Lam
"You won't get a fair chance to compete."
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Jon and Mary Carol Lewis

As Interviewed by Chris Mabley
"[When] Martin Luther King was assassinated in April of 1968, [Cleveland] had what was called the Hough riots, where the African American people were so upset by [their] treatment that they rioted and burned down buildings."
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Jen Reichert

As interviewed by Tucker Ebest
"When you’re a rookie, it’s a lot of learning on the job. I felt like there were lots of things I didn’t know. I felt like there were lots of decisions I had to make I didn’t know the answer to. Now, I just knock it out of the park."
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Heather Shaw

Interviewed by Paul P.
"We typically don't talk about faith because it’s not a mission type community. But one little girl was obvious about sharing her faith with me. And she actually said she was going to pray for me, even though I was there to help her. And first of all, that's amazing because she felt safe enough to actually be able to think about somebody else, to be able to think for somebody else, and that was really touching, but also really compelling."
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Mary Madge Darlington

As Interviewed by Fritzie Schwentker
"One thing that was really important to us was that there were no secrets."
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F. Scott McCown

As interviewed by Ben Villalpando
"I think the biggest challenge that we have, is that we live in Texas."
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Ileah Kirkim Rasnick

As interviewed by Brenden Zimmerman
"It really puts your own life into perspective."
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Jennifer Greene

Marcel G.
"There’s a lot of unfairness out there and we’re working to try to make the world more just, we’re working to make people more comfortable to come forward when they've become a victim of a crime, we’re working to try to have people become more aware of what crimes there are."
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Lisa Parry

As Interviewed by Isabelle Szepatowski
"We don't realize it, but every kid in America has a chance for school and has an opportunity to make something out of themselves."
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Carlos V.

As interviewed by Deybid V.
"I don’t remember telling anybody about this because I thought nobody would care about me because sometimes my aunt would be there and wouldn't say anything, sometimes I felt lonely."
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Aurora Flores-Wolsky

As Interviewed by Andrew Chow
"I learned from all these experiences that it doesn’t matter how much money you have or your race. What matters is your brain, heart, and soul."
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Mamta Puri

As Interviewed by Anika P.
"I had seen children helping out when I visited Greece, earlier, but it really wasn’t child labor. It wasn’t working for survival; it wasn’t as cruel as in India. "
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Don Tate

As Interviewed by Kolby Tate
"If you walk into a bookstore in Texas or Florida you’re not likely to see as many people of color in those books as you would see white people or talking animals."
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Margaret McClain

As Interviewed by Elizabeth M.
"When they first started integration, I don't remember any incidents happening- I think everything went real smoothly and well planned. It gave the children more opportunities."
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