Two high schoolers, from different cultural backgrounds, write about the future with hope and optimism.

“Donald Trump does not decide the direction that America goes in — that is for us to decide and for us to work on.”

A mural in Clarion Alley in the midst of the Mission District depicts a powerful message voicing the desires of the people to make housing affordable and end gentrification. Photo: Emilia Diaz-Magaloni