In honor of VOX’s 25th birthday on May 13, 2018, we are celebrating 25 Days of VOX! For the 25 days leading up to our birthday, we will be sharing short profiles of 25 people who have been a part of VOX’s journey during our first quarter century. Follow along to learn more about the people who have made VOX the place where teens speak and Atlanta listens. Check out the other profiles here.
Lindsey Knox is a long-time VOX volunteer and former Board chair! She has been an integral part of VOX Media Cafe and is pictured above with other Turner volunteers and VMCers during VOX Media Cafe 2016.
When did you get connected with VOX?
I got connected with VOX through Turner in 2011.
What’s your favorite VOX memory?
Oh wow. That is such a hard question! I have so many memories I love.. but I’ll share just a few.
The first teen I worked consistently with and really connected with was Vaughn. I remember the first long-form story he had published and how excited he was about it. We worked on that story for the entire summer, and to see it in print in the fall edition was a really special moment. It led to him writing even more amazing stories, and he and I got the chance to work together several times. He left a big impression on me!
After VOX Media Cafe every summer, I loved seeing the teens’ multimedia projects come together. My favorite day was when we watched their video projects — after they spent days shooting, editing, cold-calling people, getting turned down, doing incredible interviews, experiencing frustration, and then excitement when things finally worked out — and they saw all the hard work they had put in pay off. And they were so proud of their final videos, and impressed with their peers’ projects. It was such an incredible moment to see how they came together as teams to really pull together incredible stories, and they learned so much in such a short amount of time.
Another memory that sticks out to me is attending the first spoken word poetry event after Atlanta Word Works joined VOX. The teens’ voices were so powerful, and it was such an incredible addition to the VOX family. I loved seeing all the diverse and incredible ways teens express themselves at VOX.
I loved putting together the oral history of the creation of VOX for the 20th Anniversary special publication. I spoke to most of the founding teens and adults who played key roles in VOX’s founding. I learned so much about why they wanted to start VOX and what it meant to them 20 years later. I was struck by the drive, energy, and passion the founding teens had, and how what they wanted VOX to be so closely paralleled what teens in the current era wanted VOX to be. It may be a 20 year difference, and now 25, but teens have strong, important voices and they want to be heard, no matter the decade!
What’s your hope for VOX’s future?
I hope that VOX is always a vibrant, dynamic, diverse, revitalizing, amplifying space for Atlanta teens. Their voices are so critical to the community and our world. Teens and young people are changing this world every day, and VOX is such a critical part of that experience for teens in Atlanta. VOX provides a platform, but they are the voice and the audience. I hope that more teens continue coming to VOX and realizing the power and importance of their voice. I hope that VOX continues to be the amazing place it has been for 25 years, providing teens with tools and skills for the present and the future. I hope it grows in its community-changing mission and continues to become an integral part of the fabric of Atlanta.
What 3 words would you use to describe VOX?
Inspiring. Connection. Community.
Learn more about VOX’s 25th birthday and how we’re celebrating this milestone here.