#WhoamI Storytelling Project 2017

During the 2017 Summer session in SAYA's Desi Young Women's Leadership Program at the Elmhurst Center, young women completed a poetry and photo project under the guidance of two teaching artists. They were encouraged to explore ideas of community, identity and empowerment through the lens of their personal experiences. As a result, they produced deeply intimate reflections that tie personal moments to these larger themes. 

I remember....

I remember when I was new
I remember when I was pure and innocent
I remember when I became old
I remember when I was pushed away
I remember when I was hit....with responsibility
I remember when I first saw tears from one I loved
I remember when i wrapped myself in a veil
I remember when I was discriminated
I remember when I was scared in a place fear shouldn't be allowed to enter
I remember what I don't want to remember
I remember what I have to remember

Poem & Photo Series By: Amina


Soundtrack of your Day

Music
The sound you make when waking up
The click of the shower turning on
The chirping of the birds in the morning
The beat you make while eating breakfast
The screeching of the trains on the tracks
The sound of cars racing back
The sound of your footsteps
The tik-tok of the clock in front of the classroom
The beat you make while eating lunch
The quiet conversations of all the people around you
The sound of cars racing back
The sound of your footsteps
The turning of pages of a good book
The beat you make while eating dinner
The tapping of your pen while thinking what to write
The sound of raindrops touching the surface
The song that's stuck in your head while trying to sleep
Music

Poem & Photo Series By: Laiba