Youth Voices

student debt
Right now, the average college student leaves school with $30,000 in loan debt. This should be unacceptable to everyone because when our generation...
children budget
In an analysis for SparkAction, Patrick Boyle takes a deeper look at federal spending for children and youth.
Human Rights Project For Girls releases new report The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story that outlines how gendered...
national meeting
Join Karen Pittman and Michele Cahill for a thought-provoking discussion on rethinking educational systems and policies in order to embed youth...
America's Promise Alliance
While the recently released Building a Grad Nation report shows that the country reached a record high graduation rate of 81.4 percent...
expand learning
Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunity: How Four Communities Are Working to Improve Education for Their Students analyzes case studies of...

youth-produced content

holding hands
July 7, 2015
Produced by:
Youth Communication, Youth Communication

I’ve wanted kids for as long I can remember. I remember babysitting my dad’s ex-girlfriend’s child when I was a child myself. I loved that little boy. He would stare at me while I held him and fed him: He seemed so pure, an angel directly from heaven. Being a mother is...

July 2, 2015
Produced by:
San Jose Inside

Fifteen-year-old Michael Mendoza felt hopeless after being tried as an adult and sentenced to 15 years to life. He was faced with the haunting realization that he'll spend most of his most important years locked up. Unfortunately, this story is all too common with over 6,500 youth under 18...

raise the age ny
June 22, 2015
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VIDEO & ACTION ALERT! New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them...

Barack Obama
May 14, 2015
Produced by:
Ready by 21

Sara Matthew, policy associate at the Forum, shares her thoughts and excitement for My Brother's Keeper Alliance announcement.

solitary confinement
May 1, 2015
Produced by:
Reveal News

Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting, have created “Locked [In],” a piece depicting the disturbing reality that many youth face in solitary confinement. In this short film, poet Gabriel Cortez share stories of what it's...

what kids can do
March 23, 2015
Produced by:
What Kids Can Do

Watch this awesome video from What Kids Can Do (WKCD) using youth voices to talk about critical social and emotional skills like managing stress, motivation, persistence, and self-confidence. 



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