This zine is actually awesome. It’s organized by Catholic Community Services of King County and the U-District youth center. The zine is composed mainly of poetry and artwork, which is created by homeless youth who use the center. This zine also has links to other zines made by individual students! It’s SO awesome! It’s actually really really inspiring. I think part of the reason I’ve just become so obsessed with this is because it is so brilliant! Helping young adults face their fears and tell their stories, while also making a little bit of money to help support them. It is so genuine, and the topics are SO wide ranging, I can’t focus on just one thing. Here’s a snippit from the “about” section, “By following this blog, you’re becoming a listener directly helping marginalized youth re-integrate into their society.” While this is true, these zines are also helping society (or readers) expedite that re-integration process by recognizing what put these kids on the streets and helping these youth combat it through awareness and understanding–a couple recurring themes are sexual abuse and exploitation, drug addiction, and gender-identity issues. There is so much going on here, it’s incredible.
Each of the zines can be ordered for 7 dollars. I’m inclined to order several, as they are all so different. One individual writes about his aversions to the Republican party, despite being a member of it. Here’s a pic of the cover of “Broken”
And then there are other zines, like I Never Thought. Part of this description reads, “‘I Never Thought…’ is a collection of poems by a young Ukrainian teenage girl who was sexually exploited in Seattle.”
And no-nonsense titles like, “The Book of Life, From a Homeless Seattle Youth”.
Buying these zines means helping get kids off the street and support them while they try to change their lives by going to school, volunteering, etc. It also provides support for the young boys and girls who are sharing their powerful stories–ranging from stories of drug addiction and struggles with gender identity to romantic flings, and inspiring experiences. The wide array of struggles and experiences really opens your eyes–especially as someone living in seattle. This zine is truly awesome. Seriously. Take a look.