One Earth Writing sets up a summer workshop at the Samaritas Community Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

One Earth Writing brings together youth from different backgrounds for writing workshops where they explore identity, belief and community. As a writer and a teacher of writing, I have seen how workshops can be a portal into understanding. When we sit at a table and share our fears and desires, our hopes and dreams, we connect. Sometimes, we write about those universal truths that we all know – the role of food in making meaning, anger at a parent, fear of not being liked. Emotions connect us, bolster us, give us the confidence to go forward.