As our country re-opens, we are reflecting on the creative ways that we have grown to meet the challenges of the pandemic. Here are a few highlights and how we have been able to amplify youth voices this year — thanks to your generous support.
Teen writers inspire, inform, and connect readers through a difficult time
Throughout this year, our teen writers published stories about how they are persisting through the pandemic, managing emotional challenges, and supporting each other. Media outlets such as Chalkbeat, YRMedia, and The Imprintdistributed our stories to hundreds of thousands of teen readers, educators, and youth workers. We also partnered with educational resource providers such as Actively Learn, who integrated youth voice into their online curriculum platform.
Helping teachers build the social and emotional skills of students, by elevating youth voice
To help educators support the well-being of their students, we expanded our social and emotional learning (SEL) offerings with three new curriculum programs (pictured above) and teacher professional development — all based on our real teen stories.
This challenging time taught us how to adapt and grow to meet the needs of our community. We’re thankful to be able to continue to elevate the perspectives of youth. In doing so, we are transforming the mindsets of adults to best support their holistic needs, and creating more nurturing learning environments in which all young people thrive. This work is only possible because of your dedication to young people. Thank you for your support!