As part of her Youth Radio story, Valencia McMurray kept an audio diary this spring. She recorded her thoughts while living at The Bridge, a shelter for homeless youth in south Minneapolis. Listen to her entries by clicking the audio links below.
Valencia gets a surprise visit and birthday gift from her father, and wrestles with feeling needy yet not wanting to be a burden to her parents.
Valencia feels the anticlimax of turning 18 while living in a shelter.
Valencia talks about having a real home.
alencia talks about her "trust issues" and fear of disappointment.
Valencia McMurray graduated from a Minneapolis high school earlier this week, and has earned a four-year scholarship to Augsburg College. Read her story