These four Muslim teens from Vermont have a message for people who fear, misunderstand or stereotype them – “Wake Up, America.” Teen poets Balkisa Abdikadir, Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Ginawi are part of a slam poetry group called Muslim Girls Making Change and they’re using their words to explore their identities, address their experiences & educate people about […]
Black Lives Matter and not just to black teens. A diverse coalition of teens around the country are standing in solidarity and leading protests to declare “Black Lives Matter.” Lawrenceville, GEORGIA “It’s been sickening. It’s been disheartening. I’ve had trouble sleeping most nights,” said 17-year-old Ephraim Kum. He and Danny Salas, 17, held a Black Lives Matter sit […]
Suicide. The word itself is scary, so imagine what teens who consider it must be going through or feeling. More and more Latina girls in NYC have thought about – or attempted- suicide. Here’s the story of one 16-year-old, Ymalay Rodríguez, who dreams of being a singer, but has tried to end her life several times. […]
This is what an Olympian looks like ~ brown, buff, bodied & beautiful. Top U.S. gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles each cover Teen Vogue’s August “Body Beautiful” issue. That’s a double dose of #blackgirlmagic & double trouble for the competition at next month’s summer Olympic games. Black girls have been featured on the cover […]
Black teen voices matter. See how 3 friends took their social media outrage and turned it into social action, using the #BlackLivesMatter rallying cry for justice.
Last week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police. Outraged protesters marched in cities around the country. This week, three teenage girls -JaKaila Green, Tyyahnna Collins and Dasia Jones- decided to do more than share their emotions with each other. They led a protest march in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee and over 100 people – mostly other teens- joined them. They talked to the Knoxville News Sentinel about why they got involved.
“It all started with Instagram. We’re all friends and we were all just posting about it and very emotional about it,” said JaKaila Green, 16.
“I didn’t want to be the one to post on social media and not be able to get out and stand up for it. I wanted to be able to back up my words,” said 16-year-old Dasia Jones.
“What’s happening in the world today is affecting the young people as well,” she said. “It’s not just the older people. It affects everyone and we have to come together as one,” said Tyyahnna Collins.
Sisters Kayla (19) and Keonna (21) Davis opened KD Haircare Supply this year, becoming the youngest beauty supply store owners in California. Black is beautiful. And now their black-owned beauty business is booming. Running a company hasn’t always been easy, but these sisters have each others backs and show us how they went from being customers […]
Every Monday, these “Teens with a Purpose” hit to the streets in Norfolk, VA & go door-to-door to make their community safer. “We want to let people know that we are here, we’re present. Young people aren’t just here with idle time, but we’re actually putting our passions to work.”
“Everything helps. This is what really makes a difference.”
If you have an idea for a business, these teenpreneurs say start now. Sisters Brea and Halle Holmes had trouble finding beauty products for girls their age, so they decided to create Sweet Dream Girlz and sell their own. Now, they’ve expanded their business to include shoes & clothes and share how they went from […]