This is very well written and inspiring. I agree that something needs to be done about this issue- teens are too young to face some of the charges that adults do. I do think that teens are old enough to face consequences of their actions, but for this to be true, we need a fair and just system- not one that judges on account of race. We should be focusing on how we can help people, not just punish them.
This is a youth-powered social network 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.
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.