Thank you for writing this post and for planning a YouthCast session around this important topic.
I live on the Mexican border and so immigration-related issues are always on my mind. The American Dream and what it means to be “American” is something that concerns all of us though. These are important issues, and the way in which we…[Read more]
I have been to South Africa and found it to be a very beautiful country. I am sure you miss it, but I hope you like where you are living now. Coming to a new country can be very difficult. (I moved to Tanzania to live for two years, ad it was very hard.)
It’s good that you are thinking about justice and…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing this.
The worldwide refugee situation is so difficult. But it is the power of love and friends that can make it better.
I really like when you say “War will not make us surrender to the goal we desire.”
I hope you are doing well here and that you keep sharing your writing.
Abby, this is a great post. Thanks for sharing it, and for all your hard work during the election and ongoing. It is a hard time for many us right now, but only because we care about our country and all the people in it. Keep up the good work!
(PS Here is a picture of me at the Phoenix march:…[Read more]
Thanks for writing this, Rylan. I am particularly struck by your comment “I believe that there has to be a bigger deterrent when it comes to crime. While prison is not fun I do not think it truly rehabilitates criminals.”
I agree that our prisons are not rehabilitating people, and that this should be the goal. Prisons often seem to turn people…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing this information. There is a lot of research that seems to show the positive benefits of meditation and mindfulness. (Mindfulness is another thing you might want to look into. It has a lot of similarities to meditation, but it is also just an everyday way of being present all the time.)
Thanks for sharing this book. I haven’t read it but I am going to look for it.
I live near the border in Arizona, and it is true that many people die trying to get to America. Over 6000 people have died since the year 2000. Many die from things that shouldn’t really kill you like heat exhaustion, dehydration, cold, or minor medical conditions.…[Read more]
I think this is a very important topic, and I am glad you are looking into it.
I believe that it is true that low income and students of color are less likely to finish school. Often this is because they have to work full time jobs while they are in school in order to afford it. Also some students can’t afford the expensive textbooks…[Read more]
Immigration and deportation are important topics to me, especially as it relates to children.
When you talk about people leaving without their children, do you mean that they have left their children in their home countries, or are you talking about people who are deported from here without their children?
Thanks for writing this, Alexandra. You are a good writer. I love your words “from nothing but pure love,” and I’m glad you can see loveliness in the world around you, even though there are also so many things that are negative and challenging. Keep writing!
Edwin, thank you for writing and for sharing. I am glad that you care and that you believe we can achieve anything. You are lucky to have a good family. Keep up your striving and believing and writing!
Thanks for sharing this post, Jackson. I am interested in the idea of colonizing other planets and what the pros and cons might be. I hadn’t thought of the idea that “kids raised on other planets wouldn’t be able to come to earth without excruciating pain.”
Do you think you would like to live on another planet? Or maybe on a space station?
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.