Angy, thank you for inspiring me about not being afraid just because I’m undocumented in this country. It was really hard for me because after I finished high school, I wanted to go to college but I wasn’t able to do it because of my status. I felt so sad but I always keep going and never stop. My mom always says, ” make the best of the worst situations” and that’s something I always think about when I feel sad. Now I’m not afraid of tell anyone of my status. No one will ever make me feel different just cause I don’t have a social security number. I’m not the only one in this country without papers. I been through a lot in the last 2 years and I just know I have to go to college to pursue a career. I want to be a role model for my little sister. I want to let everybody know that I won’t stop until I get what I want.
Thank you for your e-mail and kind words, they mean a lot to me.
I am very proud of you for deciding to come out and not being afraid anymore. For some, coming out can be a very difficult thing to do and by doing it you empower yourself and others as well. I know we have coming out week every March but it’s cool to do it all the time. I am glad coming out has become a part of your life like it is for me.
Many times we don’t apply for school or for scholarships because we automatically assume our status prevents us; however, you can find help if you seek it. Time and time again youth have found an affordable path to education because they told someone about their status.
Readers who are undecided about coming out the only thing to fear is fear itself. By coming out you are reclaiming your identity your humanity. The government wins when they keep you quiet but by coming out everything flips around; they’re off balance when you discover your voice.
There is nothing to fear and you can come out in all sorts of ways. Through a shirt, a blog post, video, one-on-one, drawing, poem etc.
Undocumented people out there, I invite you all to come out. I’m 100% sure you are not alone in this. Coming out is only scary if you let it be, if you let it take over and limit you. Claim back your sense of self by coming out and send in your story in any way shape or form. Here are some stories of those who have done it already.
Email or fill out this form with any questions, concerns, comments or just your own story. This is a space to let it all out! You don’t have bottled it up inside. Whatever you write is up to you and you will not be judged. Your stories and worries matter! You are not alone. Remember, the insecurities and fears you have, someone else is them having too! Don’t be afraid to speak out!
If you are a fan of the Ask Angy posts..
The views expressed by the author on this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC)