I overcame my self doubt, nervousness, shyness. I still have it but now I could overcome it. It just got easier and easier. It affected my life because being here is a waste of time. 6 months being here is a waste of time. I could’ve been working, going to school, being with my family. It affected me in a good way. It shows me that we could mature ourselves, we could work, not be lazy, we can go to college, have a good job and get good money instead of being on the streets and selling drugs. That’s not going to get you anywhere.

Diego M. 2015

One of the biggest things I’ve learned from the boys and from this project is that we all make mistakes and we’re all just trying to find our way home. Sometimes we get caught up with the tempting Sirens or get distracted by Scylla and Charybdis, but in the end, our home awaits us. We all just need someone to come beside us and believe in is. I’ve come alongside them, and they’ve come alongside me. I believed in them, and they believed in me. What resulted was an amazing show and bonds that will never be broken. Through this project, we’ve realized that we have what it takes to go home. We just need to stay focused and go for it! As the poem says, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” I will carry this project and each and every person involved in my soul for the rest of my life.

Charles 2015

 The flow of my thoughts being put into words on paper was thrilling and very much revealing of my-self, of my soul. I recently have been very interested in learning what it means to free the soul, to truly know who you are, your whole self; and I felt like these writing exercises gave me an outlet for that. I’m not saying that I found myself already, I know that takes a lifetime, but what I did gain was a piece of my-self that is essential into finding the rest of my pieces. This was the most rewarding thing to me. I think of the title, The People’s Voice, and I now understand it in my own way. The journey into finding your voice is a vital one, I realized yes it could be literal, as to finding your audible voice, but for me, I found my internal voice, never did I think it would so powerful.

Solmyra 2015

The rest of the people in it – they motivated me. I liked it a lot. The dancing – I didn’t’ see myself dancing but I did it. We practiced raps with an artist. It was pretty cool to record it and stuff. It was amazing at the end. Everything turned out good. I think it will affect me later on in life, like to look back at it as something that I have achieved. The encouragement and teamwork were pretty special and the videos that we took at the beach. 

Greg M. 2015

The first day, I was pretty excited. I was doing everything I was told. Throughout those weeks, I had been trying my best, but I would mess around here and there. When it came down to the performance, that went fast. On that day, I was shaking. I never thought I would feel this. As a team, we came together in the back. We got this. When we started, everyone was comfortable. After, it was kind of emotional. We went to go eat pizza. The UCSB students didn’t want us to leave. They still wanted to see us. It was a good experience. I hope I get to feel something that like another time. 

Francisco S. 2015