Arriving, Finally, As My Chosen Name
by Spencer Katz
I had recently cut my hair short for the first time. At school, a male friend saw me and said, “You look like a boy,” and it felt validating, especially coming from a boy. Then, it started to click that maybe I wasn’t the girl I thought I was.
My Own Stamp of Approval
by Matthew Carlson
My first two years of high school, I felt on top of the world. I had a 4.0 GPA. I discovered my love for theater. I made a lot of friends. I was up late studying so I wasn’t sleeping much, but I didn’t mind that.
Silent No Longer
by Stephanie Cuevas
Names have been changed. Four years ago, my family spent Christmas with my aunt in Dallas. One afternoon, we walked into a boutique at the mall. Rows of trendy clothes caught my eye. “Let’s get you something nice,” my grandma said.
We Asked 8 New York City Teenagers: How do you feel about returning to school?
It feels like the ones in power do not really care about us. New York City has the nation’s largest school system with approximately 1.1 million students. If we all go back, it is likely that interaction with our peers and strangers could cause many of us to contract the virus; cases are bound to rise.
TIPS FOR TEENS: Back on Track
by Marvin Lezama
I do not love remote learning. When we were sent home in March, I began struggling with classes that I’d been doing fine in before. I did better when learning was more interactive. In addition, I get distracted by my phone—which they take away at school—and by worries about my family’s health and my mental state.
Attention New York City Teens: Your Voice Matters Now More than Ever!
by Inside Voices Staff
Last September, New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) hired Amallia Orman for the newly created position of Student Voice Manager. Part of her job, as she describes it, “is to listen to and accomplish real change with students, according to what they find meaningful.”