"A passion and a purpose"—these are what Deep Laureate Krystell said she got by joining Deep.
Deep Center creates a village of support around Savannah's young people. And that village works with youth to foster writing that is skillful, joyful, and fierce. We know firsthand that when a young person learns how to tell his story and tell it well he gains confidence in who his is, pride in his community, and a belief that he can change his world.
We saw dozens of examples this year of this kind of passion and purpose coming from young writers' pens. This was a year of great upheaval, and, for many of Savannah's most vulnerable communities, a year of increasing uncertainty. Yet Deep's young authors met these challenges with a resiliency and power that often taught the adults in the room a thing or two.
Which is kind of the point. When Savannah listens to our young people, we learn.