New York State Youth Leadership Council

Tony Is Not Scared Anymore!


Mar 11


Tony’s Story Is Featured On Colorlines.

Drop the I-Word is featuring “I Am…” stories every day this week in honor of Coming Out of the Shadows Week and in collaboration with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Today’s story comes from Tony in New York. Tony learned at the early age of 13 that he didn’t have documents when he discovered that he couldn’t travel abroad to play soccer, although he was qualified. The news didn’t derail his ambitions in life; he went on to become the first person in his family to go to college. Now, Tony takes part in the radical act of coming out as undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic. “We are made to live in fear. I no longer want to live in fear, no longer in the shadows. I exist. My dreams, my voice counts. We are no different from anyone else. We are not better than anyone, and no one is better than we are.” Read Tony’s story here: I am FREE !

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