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GRACE YOO, 17

Grace Yoo, from Cleveland, Ohio, began her journey of writing in her freshman English class. Yoo’s teacher focused on spoken word poetry and Yoo absolutely fell in love with this form of language. Ever since, she has developed her writing which has led her to a passion for public speaking. Unlike most speakers, Yoo relays her message through the form of spoken word and/or slam poetry. For the past two and a half years, she has made a name for herself by performing at various events in the Northeast Ohio area. Her writing acknowledges the inherent worth and dignity of every individual.

Yoo speaks out on topics such as women’s empowerment, mental health awareness, gun control, climate change, school social work importance, and more. She has participated in major events including the 2018 Cleveland March For Our Lives, 2019 School Climate Strike, and the ISSWA School Social Work Conference. Yoo has spoken at fundraisers, sponsored events, panel discussions etc. on a variety of topics, with an underlying message of supporting the movement for change. Yoo’s burning passion is to help people in the best way she knows possible, through conversation. She rallies youth and those young at heart and puts a fire in their souls to be better than yesterday, to fight for what is right and to gain justice for those done wrong. The youth of the world have the power to change our whole entire planet for the better. Yoo knows her writing and performances will solidify her place as a youth leader in her generation’s fight for change.

 

dear America,

i wonder how many empty seats at a dinner table,

how many moments of silence,

how many funerals,

how many lives it takes,

to grab a country’s attention.

dear America,

teach your people how to be kind

for they have learned the ease of hate.

mentally scarring those around them,

everyone deserves to feel loved.

maybe then your people wouldn't be filled

with so much

pain.  

maybe then your people wouldn’t go searching for revenge on

innocent children.

maybe then your people would be sane.

dear America,


please help us.


help us

by Grace Yoo

dear America,

your society is a broken record.

repeating the same mistakes over, and over again,

changing nothing,

and expecting different results.

this is the definition of insanity.

no wonder your people are going mad.

turning schools into warzones,

students into targets,

and classrooms into murder scenes.

dear America,

wake up.

these are your schools.

those are your people.

this is your murder.

one failed attempt at a shoe bomb,

and we take off all of our shoes at the airport.

but over 20 mass school shootings since columbine

and there has been no shift in government urgency