Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Erykah Agers | Community Programs Director

Growing up in the Chicago Park District was like being immersed in arts and culture everyday. We had gym shows, all types of dance, boxing, trampoline tumbling, and nutritionists coming in to speak to us about food choices—there was always something big going on. Not only did it serve an important role in the community, but it overall just felt very cool and hip. It was the place to be. Whatever you wanted to do in life; the opportunity was there to get better at it. It was more than an environment; it had its own life, and you could feel the love the entire community had, from the children to the staff to the parents. I grew up surrounded by the staff, who were people that loved the community and were so talented and creative. Read more>>

Shantel Patt | Author & Educator

My birthplace was Tyler, Texas, but I eventually made my way to Mount Enterprise, Texas, a tiny rural community with only 401 residents at the time of my relocation. There have been generations of my dad’s family living there, and they most likely will be long after I’m gone. I had fond memories of sprinting along the unpaved paths when I was a preteen and teenager. I did really say dirt roads. It was a little, rural city in the center of Rusk County that seemed to be very cut off from the outside world. I was a part of one of the few black families that resided there, which added interest to the situation. I grew up with the impression that I never belonged and that I was really different from everyone else. Read more>>