risk education

To 2017 me,

don’t depend on others to make you happy, you are the only person who should be accountable for your own personal satisfaction

fall in love with yourself over and over again. you are lovely and should recognize that

be genuinely glad to see others in states of joy. don’t resent anyone else’s smiles

stay smart but be a little reckless. take educated risks but don’t be afraid of yelling “fuck it” once in a while

chase away fears that accumulate from failure. failure is important, it makes you grow up to be strong and unmovable

don’t be afraid to fall, because who knows? you might fly

say no. if you are not comfortable then make it known. be considerate of other’s emotions but don’t let yourself get wounded

spend time with your mother in the kitchen, laugh with your father while driving around town, cherish the company of the most loving people there is to offer

don’t confine yourself to everyday restrictions. go outside the box and have a good time. don’t deprive yourself of opportunities

say thank you, all the time. be gracious and polite. make sure other people know of your appreciation

cut out the bad language. it’s only creating tension in your body and mind. kind words are infinitely more appreciated

do whatever the fuck makes you feel alive

(use a little bad language if you wanna)

stop apologising for how you laugh, dress, look or speak. be fearless. if people don’t like it, let them go

stop falling into the idea that you have to be travelling all the time or have tons of money to have incredible adventures and make your life mean something

With love, 2016 me

Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow.
—  Writer H.G. Wells (1866 –1946)
People are so afraid of open communication, trust, commitment, hard work, failure, risks.
—  I appreciate courage more than anything these days. Courage to admit your mistakes, courage to speak words of truth, courage to accept help and change for the better.

I’ve had my fair share of experience with drugs, I’m a “stoner” and use other drugs more often than I should. That being said, I educate myself on what I’m putting into my body. I am so tired of seeing people snort Xanax and muscle relaxers. I see people crushing pills when they clearly don’t even know what drug they even have.

If you’re going to do drugs, please at least educate yourself on the subject, you might learn a thing or two. Who knows, you might even realize that your method isn’t getting you as high as you could be. So please, if you’re inexperienced or doubting yourself, take a minute to Google it. Read forums, FAQs, learn risk reduction.

Risk reduction is key.
Education is key.

Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Take risks. Educate yourself on shit that fascinates you so you can speak with knowledge. Go out for a drive at midnight and live for yourself. Stop waiting on others. Have dance parties on a Monday with just you and your coffee cooling in the morning sunlight. Be vulnerable. This life is yours, feel everything. When are you going to realize this isn’t forever?


tim barrus and the smash street boys

Please help her however you can.

For members of the fatesona community you may know of Ronya of @ronyasartarchives. If you follow her than you’ll know what she’s currently going through. If not then this is the jist of it.

@ronyasartarchives has lost her tuition. She needs that to pay for her college. Now that it’s gone she risks losing her home and more.

I can’t do much since I have no job and no way of making money to help her. All I can do is support her and place this message for the rest of you to see. If anyone can help in anyway whether it be support or donations, then please do so.

Ronya’s a kind and funny woman. She’s friends with quite a few of the people in the fatesona community. She doesn’t deserve to go through this.

If you find this message, please reblog it and spread the word. Even if you can’t find a way to help her financial situation, getting this message across should at least help let more people know.

And to Ronya, if you read this.

Your a good friend. You know I’m there to support you however I can when I hear that you’re having issues. Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. There’s always something or someone there to help. So even though this is hard to do, don’t let this problem consume you completely. I don’t want you to suffer. You had enough of that. Everyone here is willing to help you in any way.

- Brando of @zlosopher

Education at Risk

So, it begins… The Betsy Devos Era of Education House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Please inform yourselves; especially if you have children that are currently in or will be a part of the public school system.
This proposed bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act), which provides nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, and no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum
-Ensures access to accommodations and assessments
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices, and the use of aversive behavioral interventions such as restraints and seclusion.

Social Imprints is a company that employees at-risk adults. 95% of their workforce is made up of ex-offenders, recovering addicts, people with less thana high school education, and returning veterans.

They are a full service printing company that prints t-shirts, hats, mugs, etc.

Based in San Francisco, a lot of Social Imprints’s clients are in tech which is why Daniel Phifer, a salesman for Social Printing, says they continue to come to SXSW.

In a trade show filled with marketing tactics related to donating money in exchange for a tweet, Social Imprints stands out as making doing good as an essential part of their business model.

Caitlyn Jenner

For all of you who don’t know, Caitlyn Jenner recently accepted the “Woman of the Year Award”. And for all who care, here is my opinion.

Many women who were listed as potential award winners were very deserving of that award. Caitlyn was not one of them. For example, Malala Yousafzai took a bullet for women’s education and survived only to be denied the award to a woman who thinks the hardest part about being a woman is finding out what to wear.
Let me ask you a simple set of questions.

Did Caitlyn take a bullet for her education, risk her life for the “crime” of having rights?

Did Caitlyn win a Nobel Peace Prize?
Did she fight for women and children without a voice in education?
“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. - This is where I will begin, but it is not where I will stop. I will continue this fight until I see every child, every child in school.” - Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech

Did Caitlyn ever worry about loosing her life in the home she loved so dearly? “And our beautiful dreams turned into nightmares. - I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed.” - Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech

Was Caitlyn accepted into the United Nations because “The hardest part of being a woman is choosing what to wear”?
“I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys.
I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” - Malala’s UN Speech

Yes the transgender community matters, yes it needs to be recognized publicly. No it should not have been given out to a woman who hasn’t experienced the sexual injustice and inequality of being a woman. No it should not have been given out as an act of pity for the transgender community, because now all it does it shame the community for one individual who doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a woman.

Compared to these other heroines Caitlyn is nothing.

Delinquent. Dropout. At-Risk. When Words Become Labels

Much of our recent reporting, especially from New Orleans, has focused on young people who are neither in school, nor working. There are an estimated five and a half million of them, ages 16 to 24, in the United States.

But what do we call them? The nomenclature has fluctuated widely over the decades. And each generation’s preferred term is packed with assumptions— economic, social, cultural, and educational — about the best way to frame the issue. Essentially, each name contains an argument about who’s at fault, and where to find solutions.