Teens are becoming activists around the country, because they refuse to be silent and young black women are leading from the front – taking conversations about the issues that matter to them most from social media to the streets. From Cali to Chicago, they are organizing, rallying & finding community support as they say “Black […]
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. […]
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.
Student. Homeless. Cheerleader. Prom Queen. Graduate. At 16, Destyni Tyree has gone through a lot. Living with her family at the DC homeless shelter, she hasn’t had what some may think of as a typical high school experience but she made the most of her experience. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Classmate. Hard-worker. Inspiration. Instead of letting […]
It’s May ~ spring hasn’t quite sprung ~ but these May magazine covers stun! Willow Smith, Zendaya, Chloe & Halle Bailey & First Lady Michelle Obama share advice on how to be yourself & create a life that you love. Willow Smith Teen Vogue magazine calls cover girl Willow Smith the “coolest girl in the galaxy” & […]
This is today’s Google Doodle – a colorful, powerful illustration called “My Afrocentric Life,” drawn by teen Akilah Johnson, a sophomore at DC’s Eastern (Public) Senior High School. She won a national contest, with her illustration chosen out of 100,00 entries from students around the U.S. This doodle, her answer to this year’s question “what […]
On last Sunday, a group of teen girls spoke about #blackgirlhood, during the Uniquely You Summit‘s #WhatIKnowNow Brunch for women and girls. Meet the panelists: Moderator Khanya Brann (EIC of #fortheloveofblackgirls, Victoria Pannell (16) Known for her work fighting child sex trafficking, Leah Boyd (19) Leukemia survivor, Jazlyn Crawford (16) activist and world traveler, Noor […]
On Saturday, DC Councimember Kenyan R. McDuffie, held a Non-Violence Youth Summit in SE DC. The Ward 5 representative designed the summit to be Youth LED and a place where the city’s young people could speak on topics that affect them and their communities openly and honestly. While there were several adults in the audience, […]