Letters To The World – Correspondence from Utah’s Youth In Care

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We don’t write many letters anymore. Now we write emails or text

or tweet or just call each other on our smartphones, anytime and

anywhere, to say whatever, of great to no consequence. For a change

of rhythm and habit, students in a few Youth in Care classrooms

were invited to write a letter addressed “to the world,” to quote

Emily Dickinson, or to a group or a person in the world and to tell the

world, or whomever, what these students are thinking about things

right now. Students responded in surprising ways, especially the

large number of thank-you letters they composed. Who knew these

students would be so grateful for so much?

And, as you read, think of the letter you would write to the world.

What would you like the world to know about your thoughts, opinions,

heart, sorrows and hopes for yourself and, well – the entire world,

even if the world will never write back?

– Bonnie Shaw, PhD, Utah YIC Creative Arts Coordinator

Download Letters To The World here: LettersToTheWorld_v1.0.2

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