Discovering the Power of Words

Aug. 26, 2013 / By

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ALEJANDRA ALARCON/Coachella Uninc

I know how it feels to be unheard. But when I began to write, I learned I had the power to change this.

I first made this realization in the first grade. My class visited the computer lab to write stories every day. I discovered I took pleasure in making up stories about fairies and an unfriendly octopus. I was allowed to make my imagination real by putting my thoughts down in black ink.

I grew up in a fairly large family, with four kids and both parents living at home; but, believe it or not, it was very easy to feel left out.

Although I can say I have a very close and healthy relationship with my parents and sisters, there were still dangerous secrets that I always kept to myself. This is when writing went from being a fun school activity to my super power, my favorite form of expression.

As far as I can retrieve my life’s earliest memories, I always had to deal with physical, mental and sexual violence alone. Because I was just a child when I was being molested, I could not make sense of what was happening.

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Coachella Unincorporated is a Youth Media Startup in the East Coachella Valley, funded by the Building Healthy Communities Initiative of The California Endowment and operated by New America Media in San Francisco. The purpose of the project is to report on issues in the community that can bring about change. Coachella Unincorporated refers to the region youth journalists cover but also to the unincorporated communities of the Eastern Valley with the idea to “incorporate” the East Valley into the mainstream Coachella Valley mindset.