Aspiring Creative Writer & Poet

United States

A Quote I Seek to Live By

“You gain an ultimate understanding of life through the lenses of others.”

College

Brooklyn College

Graduation Year

2024

Languages I Know

English

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SAYQUAN WOODEN

The Change I Want to Bring to the World

I want to bring change in the form of addressing political discourse, self-expression, and communication. Throughout the past few years, our society has witnessed the division of people along their experiences, backgrounds, and identities. Without the proper ways of communicating about issues and understanding the repercussions of our actions, we are left in a society that is heavily dependent on hostile, violent responses to difficult situations. 

I am now at a point in my life where I want to become involved creatively in establishing respect, support, and outreach for communities. I also want to gain experience and insight in developing new and creative approaches to strengthen positive change, uplift one another toward societal progress, and connect with each other on a personal level.

How I’ve Been Involved in Changemaking So Far

Working on a writing exercise in the Smith Learning Theater at Teachers College, Columbia University.

I participated in a summer English institute at Teachers College, Columbia University called Literacy Unbound, between 2018 – 2020. The program remixes historical literature into staged and interactive performances. Throughout my time there, I was able to help people develop their creative skills, explore their ideas, and connect with one another. I have recently completed a humanities fellowship titled CUNY Peer Leaders. From August 2021 to May 2022, I contributed to blogs, meetings, and projects that focused on advocacy, accountability, societal issues, and personal growth.

What Drew Me to This Fellowship

The unique description, structure, and message of the Mentora Youth Changemaker Fellowship piqued my interest. I adore the aspiration to learn and to adapt the core beliefs and mentalities of historical changemakers to our lives. I am excited for the opportunity to work with a mentor in producing a changemaking project in one of any number of fields. 

I hope to gain insight from a community of people with different perspectives and approaches to master our skills in identifying and creating outer impact and inner mastery. This opportunity will also welcome me to a diverse group of people engaging in healthy dialogue and discussion and elevate me toward a life-changing process of critical thinking and community work.