You have a great amount of information in regards to teens drug abuse. Ive always thought peer pressure was one of the greatest influences of why this issue has got so out of hand, but your point of wanting to be fit and accepted with society really caught my attention. With the ridiculous standards of body images the media portrays…[Read more]
Your post was very interesting to read, especially because you focused within your home town. For the most part, I think drugs are an issue everywhere, and peer pressure is one of the biggest influences teens face when it comes to it. Just how your interview said, “I did it to be cool,” I feel like this is the common situation most…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post. I think teen dating violence is not a huge subject addressed today because not a lot of them speak out about it. I would assume emotions of being scared or nervous take over them, and at times they don’t know who they are able to run to for help. I find it to be important that beginning at an early…[Read more]
This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
Youth Voices is a platform for youth to write about their interests, both in school and outside of school: what they are reading, what their hobbies or future careers might be, what they enjoy in their spare time. Like all of us, students follow our national leadership and form opinions. They are also welcome to write about those topics as well.
Youth Voices is fully non-partisan and welcomes youth of all types, from all regions, and with all viewpoints. Educators support youth in writing and thoughtfully responding to each other through the use of commenting guides, using tags to show common interests, playlists to support self-guided inquiry; opinions expressed by writers are their own.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.