Voices of Youth

Voices of Youth is a series that sees youth partnered with writing, photography, and art mentors to help capture their own perspective and narrative. Young reporters' work is featured in our publication, and the paid program is made possible with. underwritten funding from various philanthropic organizations. 

In some communities, a professional journalist leads workshops providing step-by-step instruction in how to write, how to research, and how to interview sources for a story. Those communities also have mentor to work with young people as they develop their stories,photos, or artwork.    

Youth are paid for their participation in the workshops and when their stories are published. 



Voices of Youth: Struggling students wonder: Who can I talk to?

Voices of Youth: Going "Beyond the Mask" of young people's emotions

Voices of Youth: Art about the isolating effects of quarantine

Voices of Youth: A climate change education law in Michigan?

Voices of Youth: Addressing barriers to sex education in Michigan

Voices of Youth: Weathering the 'perfect storm' of middle school social life

Voices of Youth: Investigating gender inequalities in sports

Grand Rapids teens become journalists through Voices of Youth program

Voices of Youth: Celebrating intersectional identities

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