• Answering to:

    “Why I say yes to Genetics in Agriculture?”

    Dear William,

    I do really agree with you that genetics in our foods is good thing, one reason I say that is because it made food more easier for people

  • Dear Mariah

    I am shocked with your post, “Taking a Position on GMOs”, because before reading this letter I thought GMOs were safe. I had read many positive things about GMOs, like, it’s easier and cheaper to make more food for growing population than to plant a lot more crops. Also, I had heard that they were safe but I guess it was an art…[Read more]

  • Dear william,

    I do really agree with you that genetics in our foods is good thing, one reason I say that is because it made food more easier for people to get there hands on food. It’s true, that our population is growing so much and so fast and it made food less scarce for us. Another reason why I agree with you is because like you said it’s…[Read more]

  •     Genetic engineering is the manipulation of a trait in an organism and modifying its DNA to have a certain characteristic. Genetic engineering is a recent discovery made by a company named Genentech, in 19

  • My Annotated Bibliography:


    “Fish Glow Green After Genetic Engineering”

    Glow in the dark fish has been beneficial in the world of science. One of the things they have been used for is to track down what parts

  • In order to spread my message more, I decide to create a video and post it on youtube, and also created a website using Adobe Sparks.

    My video,

    My Website,



  • The lack of gender diversity in STEM-related fields is enormous, and there are many reasons why this is. According to Bureaus of Labor Statistics, as of 2015, women on average repent 24% of the workforce in STEM

  • This is my annotated source using, Hypothes.is,

    “It’s the Culture, Bro: Why Women Leave Tech”



  • The feature image is my infographic, please enjoy.

    • Awesome job! Your info-graphic is very visually pleasing and over an important issue. I agree with you that sexism in the tech industry and the lack of opportunities for women is a big issue that needs to be fixed. Keep up the good work!

    • Nice info-graphic! It’s all put together very well and I believe that the information you put in it is very helpful. I can tell that this topic is really important to you.

    • Very nice work. I think this is a very big issues and topic that needs to continue to be addressed. However I do believe that over the years this issue has started to go down and that idea that women can not do anything is fading very fast.

    • I like how clean and bright your info-graphic looks! Nice job on making sure to give examples and further explanation on the the three main ideas!

    • Fantastic Infrograohic!! Sexism is an issue that take place all over the United States. Most times you think of women when it comes to not having all of the opportunities.You graphic is very pleasing to the eye and gets the point across in a great way!

    • You had great uses of evidence and facts to help cover the issue of sexism and segregation. Although I also do believe that the issue has gone down, and that it’s continuing to get better. Your infographic helps make people more aware, good job.

  • I learned about computer programing in the start  of my junior year of high school, where I was introduced to it by one of my teachers. As I started learning more about it, I realized the gender gap in the

  • I chose to research more about Genetic Engineering on fish, and how they made the fish glow in the dark. I chose this application in particular because I briefly learned about glow in the dark fish when I took

  • Genetic Engineering is taking part of the DNA from an organism and connecting it to another organism to modify it so that it can have a certain trait it didn’t have before. Even though Genetic Engineering has been

  • Creating my own graphic novel using Shakespeare’s, Othello.

    Before creating this creative adaption what I asked myself was, “what act and scene will I do specifically.” I feel very strongly about this play and

  • These are my clore reading from Shakespeare, Othello:


    “ If she be black, and thereto have a wit, / She’ll find a white that shall her blackness fit”, (Act II. i. 146-147).

    Analysis: Iago arguing with Desdem


    For my 10 lines I chose, Act IV, Scene III, Lines 92-102 where Emilia is talking. I learned that you have to project your voice and say them with emotion because most of these plays are emotional. I also l

  • In the video “Why Study Shakespeare Today?” it explains one of the reasons why schools still study Shakespeare today and is because  in his plays he brings up issues that might still be relevant today. He brin

  • To the YV community, this is my response to the Warm-Up for English class today. We are studying Shakespeare’s Othello and exploring the theme of appearance versus reality.


    Dear Ms. P

    • Valeria,
      I’m a teacher in Michigan. I’m very sorry to hear about your situation. As a teacher, I know we strive to help our students find success. Success looks different for everyone. It sounds like Ms. P has inspired you (she inspires me too). I’m glad you are willing to share your experience and that you have a desire to help others learn from your experiences. I can’t help but wonder though, if there are ways to get that credit and graduate. I know that there are sometimes options for credit recovery. And sometimes you might need to chat with a few people that can help you with understanding all of the possible options. Sometimes problem solving with others can help you find solutions that you may not have even considered before.
      I wish you the greatest success for you.
      Mrs. R.

    • Dear Valeria,

      I’m sorry to hear that you are dropping out. I honestly wish you all the best in all your future endeavors. I hope you will be able to teach younger students to not do bad choices. Tell them that it is important to stay focused on the work they have to do. It does not mean they can’t have fun as well but that to succeed in our society we have to learn.
      Again I want to tell you that life doesn’t end here. If you strive to do something. You can get to a better and happier place.



    • Valeria,

      I am sorry that you ended up dropping out. But hey, life is like a roller coaster, with up and downs, and specially when the “down” comes, you need to stay strong and be positive. All your strength will raise you from this situation. You should definitely use this situation as a motivation to your future and always remember, with negative situation, a positive one always will come!

      Stay Strong!

    • Valeria,
      I am very sorry to hear that you have to drop out. I wish you the best in finding a job and all of the responsibilities that you will take on. Try to find job that you really like and work your way up from the bottom. Good luck, i hope you can tell younger students your story and persuade them to make good choices.

      Good Luck,

    • Hi Valeria,
      I am very sorry to hear about your predicament. However, I admire the way that you are approaching this problem and acknowledging what you have to do to solve it. Just from reading what you wrote, I can tell that you have a very bright future ahead of you. Keep on writing and I hope everything works out well!

      Good luck with everything,

  • Dear Youth Voices Community,

    My name is Valeria Fernandez, I am a senior in the Media Academy at Fremont High School. We are currently working on our research for our senior project. Working on my process

    • Hi Valeria, I am intrigued by your research. Your thesis statement is specific and well-reasoned.I personally love STEM so I know a program called National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which is a program that encourages women to be involved in science and technology(especially in computer science). I think this program will be helpful for your research. Also, since you said that “Social media and tech jobs such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, and twitter are running our world but those jobs are mostly being run by men which means we don’t see the perspective of women”, you can find some data about employment rate of men vs. women to support your statement (maybe you can go to their official website to find some data).

      Are there more ways that can fix this situation? Are there any advantage for women who work for STEM? I know that some companies are trying to balance male and female population so women are easier to get a STEM job than men do.

      Good luck on your research project.I am looking forward to see what you write next about women in STEM.

      Useful sources:

    • I like this post a lot! I think it is very important to help women stay involved as jobs move more into STEM studies. In the past, we have made a lot of progress in helping women find equal opportunities. We shouldn’t stop this progress, and as the focus of work force is shifting, we should shift our progress with it. A couple years ago I participated in an initiative called the Perry initiative. It was a day long class that helped young girls learn about engineering and orthopedic surgery, and how to start a career in those fields. I think it is super important that we keep girls involved. This is a great thesis statement, good job! https://ngcproject.org/global is a great cite to learn more about female equality in STEM careers.

    • Valeria,
      Great topic and or research I would look at each different technology companies’ outlooks. For example Google has a website on how to apply for jobs there as well as some tips, the job description, etc. here: https://careers.google.com/how-we-hire/?&src=Online/House%20Ads/AdSitelinks_BKWS&gclid=Cj0KCQjwgb3OBRDNARIsAOyZbxBqBiwpTpCctxFPwYo2H1WgeSmVcFco1BlgEXherdwhwxIUqzrHwVwaAtXZEALw_wcB I’m sure the other companies have similar websites for hiring team members. On top of how the workplace encourages females to pursue tech jobs, I would look into how education systems encourage girls to pursue tech and sciences because even if tech companies want females, the girls often have to already have a drive to want to join these companies as well as some skills. Hopefully I was able to give some help with your project and I wish you luck in finding more sources. Keep working hard!

    • Hi Valeria! I love your topic for your research project. One of my goals to to become a cardiologist, and currently only 15 percent of all US Cardiologists are women. Not only is the number of females to males in any given field are usually different, but there is also a wage gap. http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/ outlines the gender pay gap, which may be an interesting idea to act to your research paper. Hopefully I will get to read more about your insights about Women in STEM in the future.

    • Valeria, this is a topic that has been very important for many years. This is something I agree with as well. I think its only fair that both genders have equal chances at everything in life. I also think that if more woman were accepted into programs like stem, that we would have new and innovative viewpoints and ideas that would really help improve technology. Have you thought about how these programs and gender equality might change in the future?
      Helpful Source: https://www.collegeraptor.com/find-colleges/articles/college-majors-minors/7-organizations-working-to-promote-women-in-stem/

    • Hi Valeria, I think you’ve chosen a very interesting topic for your research paper. In my opinion STEM programs are heavily male oriented and the jobs involving engineering in generally associated with boys. I think you have a strong thesis statement, I would rate it a level 3 almost a level 4 according to the rubric you’ve provided. I think if you are to include the statement “social media and tech jobs such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, and twitter are running our world but those jobs are mostly being run by men which means we don’t see the perspective of women” you need to further explain why their perspective is important. I personally don’t think arguing about someone’s perspective or view point will be entirely successful and it may be hard to find evidence that supports this claim. Maybe elaborate more on how women in jobs associated with STEM programs are facing major inequalities in the workforce, and are often taken advantage of by their male counterparts. Women also suffer a major wage gap, something that is often seen within larger tech companies. I think arguing that may give you an easier solution. It will also set you up to talk about how more and more women are becoming engineering majors and getting other degrees surrounding the STEM program.

      Here are a few links that may help you elaborate more on your topic.

      I think you will have a very interesting paper, and I hope to read more about it!

  • Dear Jorge:
    I am enraged by, your post “Checking Claims In A Wikipedia Article About Sexism,” because this is something that happens everyday and that is very much alive, and it isn’t talked as much as it should be. It something that happens to man and women everyday, especially to women. Women have always been been seen as less than men, but mos…[Read more]

  • Dear Mayree:
    I am mesmerized by your post, “Controlling Greed,” because it is something that isn’t really talked about but it is such a big problem in our society now and days.
    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I feel like I used to be so greedy when I was young. My dad got a pretty good job and he started buy…[Read more]

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