A breathtaking collection of 15 stories by young people, ages 14-17, who risked their lives crossing borders. The majority crossed mountains and deserts and rivers alone. A few came with relatives by plane. A testimony to the resilience of the human spirit, which no reader will ever forget. 



We are thrilled, and also humbled, to anonymously share the stories of volunteer high school newcomer students who agreed to write their journeys into this land, the land of liberty. I had the privilege of watching as they shaped these stories with voices that must not be dismissed. We publish this collection in a celebration of our young heroes whose voices and names will be declared someday out loud, breaking any and every oppressive wall, united in one voice and one heart.

Dafny Irizarry, founder and president of Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA)



Storytelling is the passageway that enables us to share and preserve our culture and social norms. It humanizes the issue and is a way of instilling and strengthening our moral values. Storytelling ​can transform our perception of the world. This book is a tool that allows us to step into a world that teaches us the power of the human spirit.


Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins  

Painting created by Gwynne Duncan-

Click here to listen to a selection from our latest book,
Brave Journeys/Pasos Valientes
When the Heart and Mind Don’t Agree

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Click here to read an article- “Teacher to Teacher” by Dawn Attard, a New York City ELA high school teacher whose class came awake with the reading of Brave Journeys. 

Helen Dorado Alessi shares Brave Journeys with her students 


Help us achieve our dream to get this book into all students’ hands.

Now available along with a full toolkit for teachers and school counselors here on this website, thanks to a generous grant from Long Island Community Foundation.


Read a blog post showcasing the study guide by Susanne Marcus for First Book

"The safest place for my immigrant students to explore their emotions is in their English Language Learner (ELL) classroom, the one full of others who are facing the same hurdles and challenges. In ELL classes, it’s an unspoken fact that each student has taken a deep journey far from loved ones, only to arrive in a new place with new ways of communicating, of eating, of dressing, of being." read more...