Brave Journeys

Painting created by Gwynne Duncan-

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Brave Journeys/Pasos Valientes

When the Heart and Mind Don’t Agree

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)

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. 

To view our Gift Introductory Study Guide Bundle, including a handful of our most loved resources, free to educators, administrators, and school counselors anywhere. These new resources can be used as a sample to preface the complete Brave Journeys Study Guide, or as new lessons to add student voice and social emotional learning to your curriculum. Click below to receive your free bundle!



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  


Price $15