From left to right, Dani Gabriel, Shai Aikens, and Julia Arroyo participate in a Writing to Power workshop at the Young Women’s Freedom Center in San Francisco. The center was founded in 1993 and works primarily with young women, girls, and non-binary people of color who have been incarcerated, affected by the foster care system, or involved in the underground street economy. Nearly all of the staff members are alumni of the center’s programs and come from similar backgrounds to the young people they work with.