What a wonderful piece about Stan Kinard! Thank you for sharing your experiences and interactions with this important civil rights icon and activist. He was an important advocate for the Central Brooklyn Community and beyond. He will surely be missed. Rest in Power, Baba Stan Kinard…
It is so nice to see your post on Youth Voices. Thank you for sharing your story.
I am impressed by how focused you are on getting to know yourself better so that you can figure out what you want your future to be. I love that you chose a jigsaw puzzle for your image because it tells us that you are figuring things out. That seems…[Read more]
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story and learning more about you. Your writing completely drew me in. I appreciate your sharing of the injustices your family, particularly your uncle, encountered in attempting to immigrate to the US.
I look forward to reading more of your posts on Youth Voices.
Thank you for your post. I really appreciated hearing your perspective on immigration based on your family’s experience.
I am so inspired by how focused you are on managing the responsibilities in your life. It seems that you are able to strike a balance between your academic and your basketball life. Good for you, that is not an…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing your story. What stood out for me from your writing is how flexible you are. I was impressed by how you moved more than once in your life yet you seemed to have adapted to each new situation with such ease.
I made a personal connection to your story because my Dad’s side of the family is from St. Vincent and I…[Read more]
I appreciated that you shared some of the obstacles that your family had to overcome in their pursuit of the “American Dream.” What lessons did you learn from their struggles? What advice would you give to new immigrants based on what you learned from the challenges your own family…[Read more]
I really loved how you recognized that although you are not an immigrant yourself that you are still impacted by immigration through your relationship with your friend. Your post can really make people think about how much we can learn from people who are different from us.
Thank you for sharing your insights about the Weeksville settlement and what it meant then and now to the African-American community. As you mentioned, what an amazing thing to accomplish such an achievement at a time when it seemed insurmountable!
I think you are right. It is important to hear these stories of success in the…[Read more]
I really enjoyed reading your post about Weeksville and appreciate the personal connection you shared.
Like you, I too was inspired by how much this community of free Blacks was able to accomplish in the period just following slavery. What thoughts do you have about sharing the story with others–your peers, family teachers etc? How…[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.