“I will never, never forget how to dance.”
From Arisleidy Solano Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice

Hi, my name is Arisleidy Solano. I am 14 years old and I go to school at SLJ. One thing I like to do outside of school is dancing. Dancing is a passion I have. I dance when I’m feeling any type of emotions or thinking about something I don’t want to think about – just to get over it. I dance because it’s another part of me, that’s like one part of me that I love and I will never, never forget how to dance.

I live in Livonia around Brownsville. I dislike where I live because of the neighborhood and the people I’m surrounded by. They have very bad language and the girls, they just, very disrespectful, without knowing you they would judge you right off the book. And I just really dislike that.

Another thing that surprises people when they look at me is that I’m Spanish. I like to tell people that I’m Dominican because the facial expression they put is this surprising look. It is just hilarious and makes me laugh whether I’m sad or not that puts me in a very good mood. One thing I would like to mention about myself is that I like to say what’s on my mind, whether it’s rude or not, which I know I need to change because that can get me into a lot of problems. But if it’s on my mind I have to say it. If I try to hold it in it would kill me inside. And that’s just how I am. I also like to work hard on things. If I put myself to it, I would achieve my goal, and that’s one thing I like about me. At this time I really don’t know what I want to be, but being in high school is gonna give me the time and the opportunity to think.

Interview conducted in Brooklyn, NY.


scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I was kind of getting scared…what if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…you never know how it feels getting back up if you never fall down.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I never wanted this to happen.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… a whole lot of people in St. Louis haven't been to the Arch.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… after that I felt worthless, and like a coward.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “Some teenagers my age are not like me for one big and important reason…”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “They just have to accept me for who I am.”
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