Crossroads Panorama can help other people, by helping them to understand themselves in so many ways. Theater helps when you can focus on playing a part and not play yourself. Sometimes it takes for you to play somebody else to understand you. Also, it can teach people a creative side they didn’t know they had. Crossroads can give people a skill that they never will lose. It can open so many doors. It’s just really fun, a good time with a group of great people.
I'm not sure how I came across Crossroads, I’m glad that I did! I was young and into a lot of things, theater and arts just connected us. I believe 2007 was the year I was brought to Crossroads. I was in foster care and battling a lot of issues, like anger and hate towards my parents. I was hurt that they would allow the system to take me and my siblings from our home. I didn’t know that at the time, it was for the best. I was still hurt and didn’t know how to manage my emotions. Joining Crossroads, helped me to learn how to let things go and live life. This allowed me to express my child side, I had to grow up faster than I wanted. So my childhood was not what it should have been. I made it through and Crossroads was a big part of that. I gained so much from the project. I gained skills in theater, learned how to be myself, build friendship, and connections. The other participants was pure, safe and fun. I learned from them as well. My experience with Dr. Joyce was great, I felt as if she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and encouraged me to continue to keep going in life and to never give up. She put me under her wing, met me where I was at and pushed me. She truly cared and gave me that unconditional love. Years later she still show the same energy. I’m thankful for what she does for the youth and many more people. When I think about her being that role model in my life, she’s on my list of a strong and influential black women that empowers others. I appreciate and look forward to connecting with Crossroads in the future.