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...
graduation cap
Too many young people remain cut off from school and work. Data suggests that race and place make a big difference in how “ready” a young...
Children's Budget cover
Things are looking up financially for the federal government, but you wouldn’t know it if you’re a kid. A new report finds that the share...
facing time, facing future
Hear Real Stories and Take Action! New York is one of only two states in the country that prosecutes all 16 and 17 year olds in the justice...
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...
raise the age ny
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...

youth-produced content

incarceration
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
Produced by:
SparkAction

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
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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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Quorum
January 28, 2015
Produced by:
SparkAction

Harvard undergrad students Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks have created Quorum, an online legislative strategy platform that explains the relationships between lawmakers in Congress.

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