ÔÇťAllen Young's writing and storytelling and insights are inspired. I was afraid to fully and completely trust him with the raw material of my soul and my insecurities, but I had to. And he achieved the vision of what he set out to do. I'm stunned at what he's crafted, and grateful for it."

-Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, West Sacramento

On Christmas day, 2008, Allen was involved in a violent accident that killed his mother and left him in a wheelchair for three months. For seven years he did not speak about what happened.

"When I finally shared my story, I started listening and connecting with people in ways I had never imagined possible."

  • Recipient, 2015 Better Newspapers Contest, Coverage of Local Government
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