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Â Â Â 7KHERRNÂ³,OOXVWUDWLRQVIURPWKHLQVLGHÂ´Âµ7KH%HDW:LWKLQÂ¶ZDVFUHDWHGE\/RXLV(91HYDHUIRU the Â public Â to Â view Â the Â talent Â our Â youth Â have, Â but Â I Â also Â think Â he Â created Â the Â book Â to Â show Â the Â public Â the Â pain, Â sorrow, Â hardship, Â and Â happiness Â our Â youth Â have Â lived Â through. Â I Â want Â to Â continue Â this Â by Â creating Â a Â second Â book Â of Â art Â our Â youth Â have Â created. Â I Â will Â be Â adding Â a Â few Â powerful Â writings Â from Â our Â tal-Â ented Â youth, Â as Â well Â as Â a Â few Â pieces Â from Â our Â professional Â adults Â who Â have Â had Â first Â hand Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â H[SHULHQFHVZLWK7KH%HDW:LWKLQ$OVR,Â¶OODGGDIHZVWDWLVWLFVIURPERWK7KH%HDW:LWKLQDQGIURP the Â Bernalillo Â County Â Youth Â Services Â Center Â here Â in Â Albuquerque, Â New Â Mexico. Â Â Â What Â is Â art? Â For Â most Â there Â is Â a Â different Â meaning Â to Â what Â art Â is. Â Some Â may Â say Â art Â is Â a Â way Â to Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â H[SUHVVWKHLUHPRWLRQVWKHLUORYHWKHLUYLHZRQDQJHURUKDSSLQHVVRUPD\EHLWÂ¶VDERXWRQHVVH[XDOLW\ :KLOHRWKHUVPLJKWVD\LWÂ¶VDZD\IRUWKHPWRFRPPXQLFDWHWKHLUGUHDPVVRPHJRRGGUHDPVDQGIRU VRPHQRWVRJRRG<HWLQWKHHQGDUWLVZKDWHDFKSHUVRQPDNHVLW,WÂ¶VVLPSOHDUWLVDIRUPRI expression. Â Â Â :HÂ¶UHQHYHUDVNHGWREHERUQEXWZKHQZHDUHVRPHRIXVKDYHLWHDV\RUDWOHDVWKDYHD financial Â and Â stable Â pain-Âfree Â life. Â There Â are Â a Â few Â of Â us Â who Â have Â had Â to Â endure Â the Â hardships Â of Â life. Â There Â are Â those Â who Â have Â to Â face Â abuse Â physically, Â or Â mentally Â or Â even Â financially. Â Yet Â more Â often Â then Â QRWLWÂ¶VDOOWKUHH:KRLVWRVD\RQHLVZRUVHWKDQWKHRWKHU",QWKHHQGLWÂ¶VVWLOODEXVH6RPHRIXVDUH ERUQLQWRWKHÂµJDQJPHPEHUÂ¶OLIHVW\OHZKLOHRWKHUVDUHSXOOHGLQWRWKHJDQJOLIHGXHWRWKHLU VXUURXQGLQJVRUXSEULQJLQJ$VZHJHWROGHUZHÂ¶UHDOOJLYHQDFKRLFHÂ² Â VWD\LQWKHOLIHZHÂ¶UHLQRUGR whatever Â it Â takes Â to Â change Â that Â lifestyle, Â yet, Â for Â some Â its Â easier Â said Â than Â done. Â For Â some, Â its Â having Â to Â make Â a Â choice Â to Â leave Â the Â ones Â they Â love Â the Â most, Â or Â stay Â living Â a Â life Â of Â pain Â and Â abuse. Â While Â others Â are Â not Â given Â the Â choice Â and Â are Â pulled Â from Â their Â loved Â ones Â to Â live Â a Â life Â with Â strangers Â and Â the Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â unknown. Â Â 2 Â Â
Â Many Â have Â no Â choice Â but Â to Â live, Â and Â live Â they Â do. Â But Â in Â order Â to Â remain Â sane, Â many Â have Â to Â find Â some Â talent Â or Â desire Â to Â occupy Â their Â minds. Â For Â some, Â they Â drift Â into Â another Â reality Â with Â a Â written Â story Â or Â a Â story Â read. Â Â While Â others Â find Â the Â ability Â to Â draw Â a Â new Â world, Â a Â world Â they Â live Â or Â a Â world Â they Â wish Â they Â lived. Â Unfortunately, Â there Â are Â many Â who Â don't Â have Â the Â talent Â or Â desire Â to Â express Â by Â words Â or Â by Â means Â of Â drawing, Â so Â they Â are Â forced Â to Â find Â other Â means Â to Â escape Â the Â reality Â they Â are Â so Â desper-Â ate Â to Â get Â away Â from. Â By Â doing Â this, Â they Â often Â find Â themselves Â on Â the Â wrong Â side Â of Â the Â law. Â Â In Â conclusion, Â when Â viewing Â the Â drawings Â within Â these Â pages, Â try Â to Â view Â them Â with Â an Â open Â mind. Â Think Â of Â the Â artist Â and Â the Â state Â of Â mind Â they Â were Â in Â as Â they Â brought Â each Â piece Â to Â life. Â Â Some Â are Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â looking Â at Â years Â of Â incarceration, Â while Â others Â are Â incarcerated Â for Â the Â first Â time. Â Its Â easy Â to Â look Â at Â each Â SLHFHRIDUWDQGVLPSO\VD\ÂłWKDWÂśVQLFHÂ´RUÂłWKDWÂśVWHUULEOHÂ´RUWRVHHDSLHFHWKDWLVFRPSOHWHO\DPD]LQJ DQG\RXUILUVWWKRXJKWLVÂłZKDWDZDVWHRIWDOHQWÂ´8QIRUWXQDWHO\IRUPDQ\RIWKHDUWLVWVZLWKLQWKHVH pages Â will Â never Â have Â their Â art Â displayed Â anywhere Â else Â but Â here, Â or Â maybe Â on Â the Â side Â of Â a Â building Â to Â only Â be Â considered Â graffiti Â by Â the Â public. Â Â Â Â Â Â Steve Â Serna Â Youth Â Program Â Officer Â I Â Representative Â from Â the Â Land Â of Â Enchantment Â for Â the Â Beat Â Within Â http://www.thebeatwithin.org Â http://www.thebeatwithin.yuku.com Â
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Illustrations from the Beat Within By Steve Serna 2012 The Beat Within Photographs Steve Serna Design/set up: Steve Serna Art work: Various Youth both in and out of detention Writings: Various Youth both in and out of detention No part of this publication may be used, reproduced, stored, transmitted or copied in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, or otherwise) without prior written permission from The Beat Within, except in the case of short excerpts embodied in critical articles and reviews. 4
Illustrations from the Beat Within
This book is dedicated to the following: David Inocencio and The Beat Within for making a difference To our youth who have taken the time to submit their art work, considering the obstacles they have had to go through. To all the Line Staff in our correctional facilities who have dedicated their efforts and resources in keeping our youth and public safe. To all our Counselors and Medical personnel who have taken the time to listen to each of our youth about their physical and mental instability. To the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center for allowing me the time, resources, and the support they have giving me to continue with The Beat Within 5
It Â is Â with Â great Â honor Â to Â share Â with Â "Illustrations Â From Â The Â Beat Â Within," Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â the Â history Â of Â The Â Beat Â Within. Â
Â Â Since Â 1996, Â The Â Beat Â Within Â has Â been Â committed Â to Â its Â mission Â to Â provide Â incarcerated Â youth Â with Â a Â forum Â where Â they Â can Â write Â (and Â draw) Â about Â the Â things Â that Â matter Â most Â to Â them, Â explore Â how Â they Â have Â lost Â connection Â with Â those Â things Â they Â value, Â and Â consider Â how Â they Â might Â re-Âconnect Â to Â positive Â situations Â in Â their Â lives Â through Â the Â power Â of Â written Â word. Â Â 7KH%HDWÂśVSULPDU\FRPPLWPHQWLVWRSURYLGHGHWDLQHG\RXQJSHRSOHEHWZHHQWKHDJHVRI-Â Â 18, Â Â with Â a Â weekly Â writing Â and Â conversation Â workshop Â that Â provides Â them Â with Â a Â safe Â space Â to Â share Â their Â ideas Â and Â experiences Â while Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â promoting Â literacy, Â self-Âexpression, Â some Â critical Â thinking Â skills, Â and Â health, Â supportive Â relationships Â with Â adults Â and Â their Â community. Â Â Further, Â The Â Beat Â Within Â is Â committed Â to Â providing Â aftercare Â Â for Â our Â youth, Â and/or Â partnering Â with Â a Â local Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Community Â Based Â Organizations Â that Â can Â provide Â Â job Â training, Â mentoring, Â peer-Âsupport, Â psycho-Âsocial Â support Â services, Â individual Â and Â group Â mental Â health Â counseling. Â Â The Â Beat Â Within Â writing Â and Â art Â workshops Â begin Â with Â a Â conversation Â about Â issues Â ranging Â from Â those Â that Â directly Â affect Â incarcerated Â youth Â to Â issues Â that Â encourage Â participants Â to Â draw Â connections Â between Â their Â personal Â life Â and Â the Â larger Â FRPPXQLW\:ULWLQJVDQGDUWZRUNDUHVXEPLWWHGIRUSXEOLFDWLRQLQ7KH%HDWÂśVEL-Âweekly Â magazine, Â and Â each Â participant Â who Â writes, Â receives Â feedback Â on Â their Â work. Â The Â Beat Â staff Â edits Â entries Â for Â publication. Â We Â work Â very Â hard Â to Â keep Â the Â ZULWHUÂśVYRLFHZKLOHIROORZLQJWKHLQWHJULW\RIWKHV\VWHPE\HQVXULQJWKDWWKHUHDUHQRJDQJUHIHUHQFHVJORULILFDWLRQRI Â Â Â Â Â Â illegal Â activity, Â etc. Â Â Â <RXWKZKRPLJKWKDYHEHHQVXVSLFLRXVDQGHYHQKRVWLOHDSSODXGRUJLYHUHFRJQLWLRQZKHQWKH\OLVWHQWRHDFKRWKHUÂśV writings Â during Â the Â hour Â long Â workshops, Â as Â well Â as Â when Â they Â are Â reading Â the Â many Â entries Â featured Â in Â each Â issue. Â Â Though Â writing Â is Â the Â main Â emphasis Â of Â The Â Beat Â Within, Â our Â program Â does Â encourage Â our Â young Â (and Â old) Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â contributors Â to Â also Â share Â their Â art Â -Â Â many Â which Â are Â featured Â in Â this Â fabulous Â book. Â We Â encourage, Â through Â the Â power Â of Â the Â pencil Â and Â paper, Â both Â means Â to Â come Â from Â the Â heart. Â Â The Â work Â submitted Â comes Â in Â all Â shapes Â and Â sizes. Â We Â empathize Â that Â during Â these Â difficult Â times, Â that Â our Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â contributors Â utilize Â the Â art Â and Â writing Â as Â the Â light Â of Â hope Â and Â inspiration. Â Both Â channels Â are Â therapeutic, Â meditative, Â and Â provide Â a Â discipline. Â Â 6 Â Â
Through art and writing, contributors find this forum as a safe place to reflect on their lives, their current state, as well as dream of a better future. Their work reveals the pride, the pain and insecurities, the fears, and the knowledge, that informs and gives us admirers of The Beat insight of what are young people are truly dealing with at this moment in time. When it comes to our artists (and writers), many of the pieces are quite simply doodles, while others are quite complex mural like pieces. The art contribution, be it a drawing, a poem, or a written commentary - speaks to author and what he/ she is most familiar with, be it their family, neighborhood, their culture/lifestyle, their religion, the recent knowledge obtained from school or a book they are reading that they have been turned onto, to the cartoons they watch on TV. The power of these contributions reaches many. The admiration from fellow Beat readers and contributors from Georgia, to DC, to New Mexico, to SF and everywhere in between (and beyond), gives immense satisfaction and empowerment to our many-many contributors, who have very little self worth during such challenging times, and thanks to our many facilitators, interns, partners etc., through our writing workshops and this publication, we have created a powerful community and support primarily for the young people, knowing that at least one person sees them more than the alleged crime they are locked up for. Often we view The Beat Within publication as a history book of the week and a true resource guide, as we learned from the direct source as to what is broken and needs to be addressed in the lives of our young contributors. That's empowering! Through this process, The Beat seeks to reduce recidivism by providing youth with positive social means of expression as an alternative to violence and crime that lead them to their current situation. The Beat program does not pretend to solve the problems of youth violence in an economic recession where there are few jobs for young people, and virtually none for those who have left high school. But it can be a springboard for imagining new opportunities. Ironically, SURJUDPVWRGHYHORSZULWLQJVNLOOVWRDGYDQFHD\RXQJSHUVRQ¶VSURVSHFWVDUHFRQILQHGWRWKHZHOOHGXFDWHGRUWKRVHMXGJHG to be more literate. Yet The Beat has found that the very act of writing and drawing improves the skills of those who may desire them most, but lack opportunities to develop them.
Today, The Beat Within serves well over 5,000 youth annually through weekly workshops operated in 12 California county juvenile halls: Alameda, Fresno, Marin, Monterey, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties. We anticipate partnerships in San Diego and Santa Barbara/Santa Maria county soon. The Beat Within is also partnering with education and criminal justice programs at the University of CA at Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Hawaii, the University of Redlands, and Portland State University. The workshop model is replicated in New Mexico Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, DC, Alabama, and in Georgia. We cannot thank Steve Serna, our amazing colleague and friend, who is responsible for this beautiful book. When Steve is not working on this book, he is leading Beat writing workshops with the young people in the Bernalillo County Juvenile Hall in New Mexico. And, when he is not doing that, he is one of the most amazingly dedicated counselors inside juvenile hall, and for that reason, we are so grateful. Thanks Steve!
David Inocencio Director and Co-Founder The Beat Within 275 Ninth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: 415-503-4170 ext. 400 Web: www.thebeatwithin.org
~Participating Counties and States for the Beat Within ~
San Francisco . Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Alameda . Santa Clara . Marin . Santa Cruz . Solano . Los Angeles . Fresno . San Bernardino ____________________________________________________. San Diego ________________________________________________________. Monterey _________________________________________________________. River Side ________________________________________________________.
Bernalillo . Dona Ana (Los Cruses) . San Juan (Farmington) .
~Continued Counties and States for the Beat Within ~
Marietta RYDC in Marietta __________________________________________.
Washington DC .
The following charts represent data collected in June 2011 from 212 Beat writers inside juvenile halls throughout California and in Oregon and Hawaii. Data was collected through a survey disseminated to youth in workshops over six weeks of time. Currently we are still waiting for data to be collected from Washington DC, Monterey County, Riverside County and Fresno County.
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The Beat Within currently holds over 100 weekly workshops in 17 counties in 7 different states nationwide. Below are the counties we work in and the number of workshops in each county. All workshops use the same set of weekly topics disseminated by San Francisco's main Beat office.
California San Francisco County Juvenile Justice Center 6 workshops San Francisco's Log Cabin Ranch School 1 workshop Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center 12 workshops Alameda's Camp Wilmont Sweeney 1 workshop Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Center 12 workshops Santa Cruz County Juvenile Detention Facility 3 workshops Marin County Juvenile Detention Facility 1 workshop 14
0RQWHUH\&RXQW\¶V:HOOLQJWRQ M. Smith Jr. Juvenile Hall 2 workshops
Solano County Juvenile Detention Facility 2 workshops
Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus 6 - 8 work shops
San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center 12 workshops Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Center 2 - 3 workshops
Hawaiian Youth Correctional Facility in Kailua Honolulu County, Hawaii 2 - 4 workshops
1 - 2 workshops
Bernalillo County, New Mexico Juvenile Detention and Youth Services Center 4 workshops
Maricopa County, Arizona
Previous Workshop Locations
Durango Juvenile Detention Facility 2 workshops Southeast Juvenile Detention Facility 2 workshops
Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility 2 workshops
Riverside Juvenile Hall
Dallas County Juvenile Department
1 - 2 workshops
Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility
New Beginnings Youth Center 6 workshops
1 -2 workshops
Washington, DC Georgia
Marietta Youth Detention Center
Alabama Tenessee Valley Juvenile Detention Center 15
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Executive Â Summery Â For Â the Â Bernalillo Â County Â Youth Â Service Â Center Â Â In Â Albuquerque Â New Â Mexico Â
Â Referrals Â to Â Juvenile Â Probation Â decreased Â 36.6% Â from Â FY Â 99 Â through Â FY Â 10. Â Â Felony Â offenses Â referred Â to Â Juvenile Â Probation Â decreased Â 11.8% Â from Â FY Â 99 Â through Â FY Â 10. Â Â Misdemeanor Â offenses Â referred Â to Â Juvenile Â Probation Â decreased Â 30.4%. Â Â Property Â crimes Â are Â the Â most Â frequently Â referred Â offenses. Â Â Since Â FY Â 04, Â there Â has Â been Â a Â decrease Â in Â all Â offense Â categories. Â Â 6LQFH)<WKHQXPEHURIUHIHUUDOVVHQWWRWKH&KLOGUHQÂśV&RXUW$WWRUQH\&&$ KDVGHFUHDVHGWRDSSUR[LPDWHO\ Â The Â decrease Â in Â CCA Â referrals Â is Â attributed Â to Â a Â decrease Â in Â referrals Â and Â the Â increased Â use Â of Â diversion Â programs. Â Â Probation Â is Â the Â most Â common Â disposition Â for Â a Â juvenile Â who Â is Â found Â to Â have Â committed Â a Â delinquent Â act. Â Â The Â number Â of Â youth Â taken Â into Â custody Â and Â booked Â at Â the Â Bernalillo Â County Â Youth Â Services Â Center Â (YSC) Â has Â decreased Â 36% Â from Â FY Â 00 Â through Â FY Â 10. Â Â In Â FY Â 09 Â and Â FY Â 10, Â more Â youth Â were Â released Â than Â held Â following Â booking/intake Â than Â in Â previous Â years. Â Â The Â average Â daily Â population Â decreased Â 45% Â from Â FY Â 00 Â through Â FY10. Â Â Continue Â on Â page Â 20 Â 19 Â Â
The average length of stay at the YSC has shown minor fluctuations. The number of youth placed in the Community Custody Program decreased 30% from FY 06 through FY 10. The number of youth successfully completing Community Custody Program and Youth Reporting Center contin- ues to increase. When compared with FY 99, the year before reform began, with FY 10, there is a 45% decrease in the number of petitions filed. The number of re-opened petitions (probation violations) decreased 30% from FY 00 through FY 10. &RXUWVPRGLILHGWKHMXYHQLOHSUREDWLRQDJUHHPHQWWRDQʊDGYLVHDQGDVVLVWۅFRXUWRUGHUDQGLVDYDLODEOHWRWKH youth in Spanish and English. The number of new/original Youthful Offender petitions decreased 44% from FY 00 through FY 10. The number of bench warrants decreased 48% from FY 06 through FY 10. From FY 04 through FY 10, ATD programs helped taxpayers avoid spending $4,742,529.00. In FY 10, the amount was $946,089.00.
A place of prayer for one resident at the BCYSC
A well made bunk with reading material while in their rooms
Pages 23 and 24 are from the same artist
From pages 23 and 24, this resident had been in and out of the juvenile correctional facilities from a very young age and now 20 years old, he still has his love and passion for art, but he continues finding himself behind locked doors. He stated he was ready for a better life, but it is easier said then done.
Many have their view of being behind bars
A Â Teachers Â Voice Â from Â Tuscumbia Â Alabama Â
Â Â *UHHWLQJVIURPÂ³6ZHHW+RPH$ODEDPDÂ´\Â¶DOO Â My Â name Â is Â Susan Â Pope, Â and Â I Â am Â not Â only Â the Â facilitator Â for Â The Â Beat Â Within Â at Â the Â Tennessee Â Valley Â Juvenile Â Detention Â Center Â in Â Tuscumbia, Â Alabama, Â but Â I Â am Â also Â employed Â as Â our Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â IDFLOLW\Â¶VKLVWRU\DQGODQJXDJHDUWVWHDFKHU,DPDOZD\VORRNLQJIRUQHZDQGFUHDWLYHZD\VIRUP\VWXGHQWVWRH[SUHVVWKHLU thoughts Â through Â writing, Â so Â one Â evening Â in Â October Â 2011 Â while Â searching Â on Â the Â internet Â for Â new Â writing Â ideas, Â I Â came Â across Â The Â Beat Â Within Â website. Â I Â knew Â immediately Â that Â this Â was Â something Â that Â would Â help Â inspire Â many Â of Â my Â students Â WRILQGWKHLUYRLFHDQGXQGHUVWDQGWKHKHDOLQJWKDWFDQWDNHSODFHZLWKLQRQHÂ¶VKHDUWVLPSO\E\EHLQJDEOHWRSXWGHHSZRUGV down Â on Â paper. Â I Â e-Âmailed Â David, Â and Â he Â patiently Â helped Â me Â begin Â The Â Beat Â writing Â workshops Â with Â my Â students. Â Â I Â believe Â The Â Beat Â Within Â gives Â teens Â on Â the Â inside Â a Â safe, Â neutral Â place Â to Â share Â about Â the Â difficult Â issues Â in Â their Â lives. Â Reading Â about Â the Â lives Â of Â other Â teens Â all Â over Â the Â country Â who Â have Â gained Â insight Â from Â working Â through Â obstacles Â and Â mistakes Â and Â who Â are Â willing Â to Â share Â this Â insight Â with Â The Â Beat Â helps Â others Â to Â be Â open Â to Â examining Â their Â own Â lives Â in Â order Â to Â see Â what Â part Â they Â can Â change Â and Â what Â part Â they Â may Â have Â to Â be Â willing Â to Â develop Â strategies Â for Â in Â order Â to Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â overcome Â . Â Â The Â Beat Â Within Â has Â also Â given Â me Â another Â way Â to Â do Â what Â I Â feel Â is Â my Â calling Â as Â a Â teacher Â of Â adjudicated Â teens Â Â± Â Â³$ .HHSHURI+RSHÂ´ Â I Â first Â heard Â this Â term Â in Â a Â workshop Â I Â attended Â after Â my Â fourth Â year Â of Â teaching Â at Â TVJDC Â Â For Â the Â first Â WLPHDIWHUUHDGLQJDERRNE\'HERUDK*RIRUWKHQWLWOHGÂ³6FDUVRI/RYH7HDUVRI+RSHÂ´,ZDVDEOHWRGHILQHDQGVHWWOHLQWR Â ZKDWP\VWHULRXVO\KDGEHHQP\PDLQÂ³KHDUWREMHFWLYHÂ´IRUIRXU\HDUV)RUVRPHUHDVRQEHLQJDÂ³NHHSHURIKRSHÂ´ Â GLGQÂ¶W VHHPDFDGHPLFHQRXJKDQG,ZRXOGILQGP\VHOIWU\LQJWRRYHUFRPHP\KHDUWÂ¶VLQFOLQDWLRQWROHDQLQWKLVGLUHFWLRQ5HDGLQJ *RIRUWKÂ¶VERRNJDYHPHWKHYDOLGDWLRQ,QHHGHGWRUHDOL]HP\KHDUWREMHFWLYHZDVRQWDUJHWEHFDXVHEHIRUHOHDUQLQJRU healing Â can Â take Â place, Â there Â has Â to Â be Â hope. Â Since Â most Â of Â the Â students Â who Â are Â on Â the Â inside Â have Â lost Â a Â certain Â amount Â of Â KRSH,EHOLHYHEHLQJDÂ³NHHSHURIKRSHÂ´LVDQDFDGHPLFREMHFWLYHDIWHUDOO Â Â The Â various Â dynamics Â of Â my Â job Â make Â it Â impossible Â to Â be Â able Â to Â bring Â a Â student Â up Â to Â grade Â level Â during Â the Â time Â he Â RUVKHLVZLWKPHEXW,&$1WU\WRHQFRXUDJHWKDWVWXGHQWWRÂ³NHHSWKHLUKRSHÂ´E\YDOLGDWLQJWKHLUZRUWKVRWKH\ZLOOZDQW to Â keep Â trying. Â I Â definitely Â cannot Â change Â their Â environment Â on Â the Â outside, Â because Â it Â is Â not Â my Â job Â to Â change Â their Â world. Â Â
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Â Â It Â Is Â my Â job Â to Â keep Â them Â moving Â forward. Â I Â can Â be Â a Â listener, Â communicator, Â and Â a Â guiding Â light Â who Â tries Â to Â bring Â each Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SHUVRQÂ¶VKLGGHQVWUHQJWKVDQGWDOHQWVLQWRYLHZQRWRQO\IRUWKHPVHOYHVEXWDOVRIRURWKHUVWRVHH,FDQJLYHWKHPDOLWWOH Â glimpse Â of Â a Â dream Â worth Â dreaming Â in Â order Â to Â instill Â a Â little Â hope. Â Â I Â think Â every Â teacher Â in Â every Â school Â system Â should Â read Â a Â copy Â of Â The Â Beat Â Within Â in Â order Â to Â see Â another Â side Â of Â ZK\PDQ\NLGVGRQÂ¶WDFKLHYH0DQ\GRQÂ¶WDFKLHYHEHFDXVHWKHLUIRFXVKDVKDGWREHÂ³VXUYLYLQJÂ´6RPHDWULVNWHHQVÂ¶ goals Â often Â do Â not Â extend Â into Â the Â future, Â although Â many Â try, Â because Â just Â making Â it Â through Â the Â day Â equals Â success Â to Â many Â of Â them. Â Â (YHU\WHDFKHUQHHGVWREHDÂ³NHHSHURIKRSHÂ´EHFDXVHHYHU\FODVVURRPQRWMXVWMXYHQLOHKDOOLQFOXGHV teens Â who Â are Â losing Â hope. Â Â It Â is Â interesting Â to Â see Â the Â different Â responses Â I Â get Â when Â I Â tell Â people Â where Â I Â teach. Â From Â another Â teacher, Â the Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â UHVSRQVHLVXVXDOO\HLWKHUDORRNRISLW\RUDORRNOLNHÂ³ZKDWGLG\RXGRWRJHWSXWWKHUH"Â´ Â The Â response Â of Â other Â teens Â is Â XVXDOO\RQHRIKRUURU2QFH,WHOOWKHPWKDW,KDYHWKHEHVWMREDURXQGDQG,ZRXOGQÂ¶WWUDGHSODFHVZLWKDQ\RQHLQDOOWKH schools Â in Â our Â area, Â the Â look Â changes Â to Â curiosity. Â Even Â the Â kids Â in Â detention Â will Â look Â astonished! Â Â Â ,WLVWKHQZKHQ,KDYHWKHSULYLOHJHRIVKDULQJWKHLQVSLUDWLRQDOVWRULHVDQGDOOWKHZD\V,JHWWREHDÂ³NHHSHURI KRSHÂ´ Â Through Â reading Â The Â Beat, Â I Â often Â see Â some Â writers Â who Â are Â already Â beginning Â to Â show Â an Â underlying Â talent Â for Â EHLQJDÂ³NHHSHURIKRSHÂ´0DQ\RIWKHPKDYHGLVFRYHUHGWKHVWUHQJWKRILQVSLULQJRWKHUVWRNHHSKRSHWKURXJKWKH Â Â Â Â Â opportunity Â they Â have Â had Â to Â write Â for Â The Â Beat. Â Â In Â fact, Â those Â who Â help Â others Â keep Â their Â hope, Â will Â in Â turn Â be Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â strengthened Â with Â hope Â themselves. Â So, Â for Â all Â of Â you Â who Â share Â your Â heart Â and Â voice Â with Â The Â Beat, Â keep Â it Â up!! Â Â You Â never Â know Â who Â all Â (besides Â yourself) Â is Â being Â helped Â through Â your Â stories Â and Â words Â of Â encouragement Â shared Â in Â the Â midst Â of Â a Â tough Â time Â yourself. Â Â For Â everyone Â who Â facilitates Â a Â workshop Â or Â spends Â hours Â preparing Â the Â publication Â in Â any Â way, Â know Â that Â your Â unselfish Â efforts Â and Â time Â spent Â to Â help Â these Â young Â people Â will Â produce Â fruit Â in Â the Â lives Â of Â many Â at Â just Â the Â right Â time. Â In Â fact, Â I Â leave Â you Â with Â a Â verse Â from Â the Â Bible Â that Â often Â helps Â to Â keep Â me Â focused Â on Â what Â is Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â important. Â Â Galatians Â 6:9 Â says, Â "Let Â us Â not Â grow Â weary Â in Â well-Âdoing, Â for Â in Â due Â season Â we Â shall Â reap, Â if Â we Â do Â not Â lose Â heart." Â Â Blessings Â and Â peace Â to Â all! Â 29 Â Â
No matter the skill of the artist, there is always a meaning behind each piece. The power of each piece can be as subtle as a few lines representing prison bars or as complex as a skull with cracks, while each crack having a unique meaning.
It is easy for them to find God when they find themselves locked up. Pages 31- 39 are a diversity of religious pieces
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Clowns Pages 41 - 51
Enough Tired of all my pain 'RQ¶WNQRZKRZPXFK,FDQWDNH 6WXFNLQJDPHWKDW,GLGQ¶WVLJQXSWRSOD\ *RWIODVKEDFNVWKDWZRQ¶WJRDZD\ Everybody always asking about that day Part of me wants to forget 'RQ¶WZDQWWRKROGRQ %XW,FDQ¶WZDVDZD\ZKDW\RXGLGWRPH You were my blood Always said you were going to take care of me Tell that day you said I got big And you said if I wanted to 7U\VRPHWKLQJ,¶YHQHYHUGRQH Looked at me asked how old you I said ten all proud And you got this look I can never forget Smiled and said come here ,GLGQ¶WDQG\RXJRWPDG I was scared and was crying And you kept doing it 47
And never once did you say sorry It happened every day Till I got old enough to push you away Paula 15.49 / ABQ. NM
Life is full of choices, so get busy
:KHQ,IDFLOLWDWHD%HDW¶VZRUNVKRS,OHWWKH\RXWKVNQRZWKDW,DPDOOHDUV,W¶VDVDIH place for the writers to express their feelings, sorrow, remorse, guilt, family and thoughts while they are living behind bars. Their written and expressive drawings put the readers in their shoes. Nobody should judge on what someone did unless they lived their life. People are too judgmental and the Beat allows the youths to express their thoughts in a positive way. During the one hour that the facilitator and youths share each week, the Beat demonstrates trust through conversations and eventually relationships are formed. The program is about trust and respect and what goes on in that hour of a Beat workshop is amazing. :KDWWKHSURJUDPPHDQVDVDZKROH",W¶VXQLWLQJGLIIHUHQW\RXWKVDQGIURPDOORYHUWKH World;; the publication brings different Counties and Countries together where the written thoughts and illustrations help support the youths.
Cynthia Hanlon Volunteer with The Beat Within Facilitator: Girls/Boys Units San Jose County Feb. 2010- present 54
Â The Â Beat Â Within Â publication Â acquires Â both Â positive Â and Â negative Â merits. Â Â Starting Â with Â the Â negative, Â SHRSOHUHIUDLQIURPYHQWXULQJLQWRWKHSURGXFWRIDQLQPDWHÂ¶VZULWLQJVDQGDUWZRUN,WÂ¶VQRWDSSHDOLQJWRWKH SXEOLFDQGLWÂ¶VDFRQVWDQWUHPLQGHURIZKDWWKH\GRZLWKWKHLUWLPHRQRXUWD[GROODU,WÂ¶VQHFHVVDU\WR mention Â that Â the Â content Â of Â what Â they Â express Â often Â incorporates Â gang Â life, Â drugs, Â and Â violence. Â Â From Â a Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â GLIIHUHQWVWDQGSRLQWWKHLUZULWLQJVDOVRFRQWDLQFRPSODLQWVDQGSURWHVWVDJDLQVWIDPLO\OLIHVFKRRORUÂ³WKH V\VWHPÂ´7KHLUREMHFWLRQVDQGIHDUOHVVFKDUDFWHUUHSUHVHQWWKHW\SLFDODQWDJRQL]LQJWHHQDJHZUDWKWKH\KDYH against Â society. Â Â The Â opposite Â spectrum Â is Â the Â self-ÂSLW\WKH\H[KLELW:KLOHLWÂ¶VGLIILFXOWWRXQGHUVWDQGWKHP LWÂ¶VDOVRGLVFRXUDJLQJWRUHDGZKDWWKH\KDYHWRVD\)URPDFRPSDVVLRQDWHSHUVSHFWLYHPDQ\RIRXUFXUUHQW youth Â are Â lost, Â require Â guidance, Â and Â should Â to Â be Â heard. Â Â Through Â this Â publication, Â they Â find Â support Â and Â Â acceptance. Â Â Many Â residents Â articulate Â past Â experiences Â of Â abuse Â and Â neglect Â by Â writing Â personal Â accounts Â of Â their Â life, Â this Â being Â their Â first Â time Â of Â disclosure. Â Â During Â these Â workshops, Â the Â staff Â coordinator Â encourages Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â UHVLGHQWVWRGLVSOD\WKHLUIHHOLQJVRQSDSHUVRWKH\Â¶UHQRWDORRVHFDQQRQZDLWLQJWRH[SORGH/RJLFDOO\WKLV can Â be Â very Â therapeutic Â and Â allows Â them Â to Â work Â through Â their Â issues. Â Â This Â program Â gives Â them Â something Â productive Â to Â focus Â on Â and Â saves Â staff Â disciplinary Â action Â on Â the Â units. Â Modifying Â behavior Â through Â this Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â program Â is Â another Â constructive Â way Â to Â offer Â direction. Â Â Thus, Â I Â completely Â comprehend Â both Â sides Â of Â the Â spectrum Â and Â would Â say Â this Â publication Â can Â be Â used Â efficiently, Â solely Â depending Â on Â the Â individual Â and Â its Â audience. Â Â Lisa Â Santoyo Â Facilitator: Â Bernalillo Â County Â Youth Â Services Â Center Â Feb. Â 2007-Â Â present Â 63 Â Â
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Â $WWZR,ZDVDEXVHGWZREODFNH\HVEXW,GLGQÂ¶WFU\$WHLJKW,ZDVUDSHGWRPDQ\WLPHVWRFRXQW but Â no Â one Â believed Â the Â words Â that Â came Â out Â of Â my Â mouth. Â So Â he Â still Â roams Â free. Â My Â heart Â constantly Â bleeds, Â so Â I Â started Â to Â smoke Â weed Â to Â find Â happiness Â in Â me. Â I Â bought Â a Â gun, Â I Â was Â prepared Â to Â run. Â I Â was Â JRQÂ¶QDVKRRWKLPLQKLVFKHVWVRP\KHDUWFRXOGIHHODWUHVW%XW,VWDUWHGKLWWLQJOLFNVJHWWLQJLQILJKWV with Â chicks. Â Â Â 5-ÂZDVKHPPHGXSVRQRZ,Â¶PORFNHGXSIRXUPRQWKVVRIDUWKDW,Â¶YHEHHQDZD\IURPKRPH, EURNHP\PRPPDÂ¶VKHDUW WRUHKHUVRXODSDUW,IHHOOLNH,KDYHQRSODFHWRJR0\KHDUWIHHOVVRFROG LWÂ¶VDOPRVWIUR]HQ,DVNP\VHOIGDLO\ZHUHGLGWKHROGPHJR,FDQÂ¶WFKDQJHWKHSDVWVR,ORRNXSWR*RG DWODVW,Â¶YHFKDQJHGP\OLIHUHDOIDVW1RZ,Â¶PKHDGHGLQWKHULJKWWUDFN ,Â¶PQHYHUORRNLQJEDFN Â Â -ÂAlexandra Â 16.38 Â Â / Â Â ABQ. Â NM Â
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When your heart turns cold When your heart turns cold it causes your soul to freeze It spreads throughout your spirit like a ruthless feeling disease The walls that once were down now stand firm and tall Safe from hate, love, pain, joy - until you feel nothing at all When our hearts turn cold, a baby's cry means nothing A dead corpse is trivial, mothers neglecting children is daily Loneliness becomes your routine friend, death seems like tranquility Sleeping is never pleasant if you ever sleep at all You forget ideals and turn off reason to make sure the product gets sold <RXGRQ WXQGHUVWDQGKRZ,EHKDYH«-XVWZDLW WLOO\RXUKHDUWWXUQVFROG
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Â 7HDUVIORRGP\H\HVKROGWKHPEDFN$YRLFHVD\VP\SULGHZRQÂ¶WOHWPHFU\/RVWORYHDEURNHQGUHDPDQGPLQRU things Â that Â are Â my Â inner-ÂVHOIÂ¶VFDXVHIRUGHVWUXFWLRQ6OLFHFXWGULSUXQVWKHSDLQIURPP\VRXOIRUWKHZRUOGKDVWDNHQLWV toll. Â Never Â by Â force Â but Â by Â curiosity Â did Â my Â mind Â fall Â victim Â to Â the Â deceit Â and Â betrayal Â be-Âstowed Â upon Â me Â firsthand. Â At Â the Â time Â reality Â seemed Â so Â bland. Â Was Â there Â a Â paradise Â out Â there, Â somewhere Â to Â be Â missed? Â Little Â did Â I Â know Â that Â without Â guid-Â DQFHDQGWHDFKLQJVVXFKDWKLQJZRXOGQHYHUWUXO\EHHQMR\HG$PRWKHUÂ¶VORYHDQGFDUHZDVJRQHEXWPLVVHGDQGZLWKLW WKHOLWWOHSLHFHRIPHWKDWFDUHG,Â¶GOLNHWRWKLQNWKDWVXFKDQJHOLFFUHDWXUHVZDWFKRYHUPHZKHQ,VOHHS&DUHIXOO\FUDGOLng Â PHNHHSLQJP\VRXOIURPIDOOLQJWRRGHHSXQGHU6DWDQÂ¶VJUDVSVRRQJXLGLQJPHWKURXJKWKH+RO\:RUGVXUURXQGLQJPHE\ the Â light. Â Â Â -ÂA, Â Â Marietta Â Georgia Â Â
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Â Â I Â think Â that Â the Â Beat Â Within Â is Â a Â very Â positive Â thing Â you Â are Â doing. Â Â These Â kids Â are Â being Â able Â to Â express Â themselves Â through Â words Â and Â drawings. Â Â I Â think Â having Â this Â program Â also Â helps Â them Â to Â realize Â they Â are Â not Â alone. Â Â They Â can Â read Â other Â post-Â ings Â and Â possibly Â relate Â to Â what Â others Â are Â going Â through. Â Which Â in Â turn, Â can Â hope-Â fully Â be Â a Â positive Â conclusion Â to Â their Â story! Â Â Â I Â do Â not Â read Â every Â story Â in Â the Â Beat Â Within Â but Â the Â few Â that Â I Â read Â each Â time Â breaks Â my Â heart. Â Â A Â lot Â of Â these Â kids Â realize Â they Â are Â doing Â wrong, Â they Â want Â to Â do Â EHWWHUEXWLWÂśVOLNHWKH\GRQÂśWKDYHWKHWRROVWRKHOSWKHP Â Â They Â all Â sound Â so Â lonely Â and Â lost Â which Â is Â a Â result Â of Â their Â actions. Â Â What Â truly Â breaks Â my Â heart Â is Â how Â they Â sign Â their Â names. Â Â $ORWRIWLPHV,ÂśOOUHDGÂł&OXPV\Â´Âł/RQHO\Â´Âł-RNHVÂ´ Â Â You Â can Â hear Â the Â heartache Â in Â each Â line. Â Â The Â positive Â words Â that Â are Â written Â back, Â will Â hope-Â fully Â let Â them Â realize Â that Â things Â can Â and Â will Â be Â okay. Â Â Â Nice Â work Â Steve! Â Â Bernadette Â From: Â Salt Â Lake Â City, Â Utah Â 84 Â Â
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Â Â Â ,WKLQNWKHSURJUDPÂ¶VEHVWVWUHQJWKLVKRZLWOHQGVLWVHOIWRKHOSNLGVH[SORUHVHOIH[SUHVVLRQZLWKRXW spin Â or Â judgment. Â Â $GROHVFHQFHLVDGLIILFXOWWLPHIRUNLGVZKRKDYHWKHVXSSRUWRIÂ³KHDOWK\Â´IDPLOLHV Support Â and Â healthy Â outlets Â often Â do Â not Â exist Â or Â exist Â in Â unsafe, Â unpredictable Â ways Â for Â those Â who Â have Â dysfunctional Â or Â absent Â family Â structure. Â Â Our Â kids, Â predominantly Â find Â themselves Â in Â the Â Â later Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â circumstance. Â Â Â *LYLQJÂ³$W5LVNÂ´NLGVDVDIHFUHDWLYHDQGKHDOWK\DYHQXHWRH[SUHVVWKHLUIHHOLQJVDQGH[SHULHQFHV is Â a Â huge Â gift. Â Â One Â that Â might Â not Â seem Â so Â important Â to Â the Â average Â adult. Â Â ,IZHFDQÂ¶WKHOSRXUVRFLHW\Â¶V youth Â to Â improve Â their Â lives, Â our Â society Â pays Â the Â price Â for Â repetitive Â failures Â and Â stagnation. Â Â For Â some Â kids, Â the Â Beat Â Within Â will Â serve Â to Â fill Â idle Â time. Â Â For Â some Â kids, Â the Â Beat Â Within Â will Â help Â find Â a Â new Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â understanding Â into Â their Â lives Â with Â the Â potential Â to Â turn Â that Â life Â around. Â Â For Â some Â kids, Â The Â Beat Â Within Â will Â solidify Â the Â value Â of Â a Â criminal Â life Â and Â glorify Â the Â eminent Â downward Â spiral Â into Â incarceration Â and Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â escalating Â criminal Â behavior. Â Â Most Â kids Â who Â are Â hell Â bent Â to Â lead Â the Â dark Â life Â would Â do Â so Â regardless Â of Â the Â impact Â of Â self Â discovery Â through Â writing Â or Â reading Â (or Â anything Â else Â for Â that Â matter). Â Â For Â those Â who Â DUHRQWKHHGJHZKRFDQVWLOOWXUQWKLQJVDURXQG7KH%HDW:LWKLQKROGVSURPLVHWKDWFDQÂ¶WEHSURYHQ measured, Â or Â concretely Â defined. Â Â 7KLVSRWHQWLDOLVLQHIIHFWWKHKXPDQVSLULWÂ¶VSRWHQWLDO:HFDQQHYHU XQGHUHVWLPDWHWKHYDOXHRIKDYLQJPHQWRUVDQGJXLGHVIRURXU\RXWKZKRH[SUHVVWKHLUÂ³&UD]\/LIHÂ´LQ some Â fashion. Â Â The Â Beat Â Within Â provides Â that Â venue Â by Â its Â nature. Â Â Professionals Â who Â work Â with Â this Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SRSXODWLRQDOOVD\Â³,I,FDQKHOSRQHNLGDOOP\OLIHÂ¶VZRUNLVZRUWKZKLOHÂ´ Â Â The Â Beat Â Within Â is Â but Â one Â of Â many Â paths Â to Â assist Â that Â kid Â who Â wishes Â to Â change. Â Â You Â never Â know Â when Â you Â make Â an Â impact. Â Â But Â you Â keep Â at Â it Â because Â you Â hope Â in Â your Â heart, Â the Â work Â is Â worthwhile. Â Â The Â Beat Â Within Â is Â a Â great Â tool Â to Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â facilitate Â improvement Â in Â the Â human Â condition Â for Â our Â kids! Â Â Ultimately, Â that Â affects Â us Â all. Â Â Â Cookie Â Albuquerque, Â New Â Mexico Â Youth Â Services Â Center, Â Program Â Manager Â Â 93 Â Â
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In the end, many of us walk along the uneven path, looking down the cliff face, in hopes of not falling to our deaths. With each step we take, an obstacle tries to trip us up to fall to the bottom of the unknown. Our strength and hope comes from the ones we truly love, and our family that help guide us along the path we walk in life. Yet in the end, it comes down to one thing, a choice. Use that choice ZLVHO\EHFDXVHOLIHLVVKRUWDQG\RXGRQ¶WZDQWWRHQGXSDWWKHERWWRPRIWKHXQNQRZQ Steve S Bernalillo County Youth Program Officer I Beat Facilitator 2006 - Present
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