Meet Jalynne Leedy, a 7th grader at PALCS. Below, Jalynne shares her passion for writing stories, and how it inspires her to follow her dreams.

*Full credit goes to Jalynne Leedy, 7th grader at PALCS, for writing this blog post. Thank you, Jaylnne! *

“My family has been with PALCS for almost four years now, and it’s been a pretty great experience so far. PALCS has made a difference in my life because it gives the option to work around my schedule while public school wasn’t like that.

I’ve been writing since I was about 9 years old, it started with stories and small things. That was before I learned more about poetry. I’ve been writing for about 4 years, and I feel like I could go far. I’ve had a lot of ideas about why and how I could become famous for my poems, songs, and books – but I don’t know if that’s what I really want in my life. I’ve started writing so many books that I honestly have lost track of them all and feel like I’ll never get to finish any of them.

There was this book I’d been writing called Abducted about a girl who is abducted by two young men after being picked up by some popular girls after school, who claimed they were going to give her a ride home. I let my mom read it and she was interested, she said that she couldn’t wait for me to finish it because she wanted to read the rest.

I was really motivated and uplifted by that and it’s been pushing me to my limits [ever] since. Writing is important to me because it’s an outlet for me and I can write when I’m down.

Never giving up on my dreams and always following through is something that needs to be done on a daily basis for me, or I feel like I have nothing else. So I go to writing. Because writing is there, and sometimes it seems as, although writing is not living, it is the only thing there that cares.

So that’s why I write, it’s a great outlet and it’s a great coping skill. Following your dreams is the best option, keep doing what you love and don’t let anything or anyone stop you.”