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VOX History: A look back at the 1996 Olympics

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By Jeff Romig, Executive Director Jeans and a cute hat. Even though it’s been 20 years, Dena McClurkin Brummer could never forget the outfit she chose to wear to what was, at that point, the most important interview of her 17 years. While others arrived in their church clothes, she chose differently. “I’m going to…

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Listen to the Poet: Atlanta Word Works Heads to Brave New Voices

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Photo caption: (Back row, from left) Ivan; Itsel, team coach; Jaha Bela; Cole Jones-Ford, Atlanta Word Works summer intern. (Front row) Natalie Cook, Victoria, Ninel, Nia.) Photo by Kiaya Simone Robertson, 17, a VOX Media Cafe participant who attends Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School.  By Jeff Romig, VOX Executive Director Listen to the poet. It…

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Summer at VOX: The Intern Chronicles Continue

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Mikael Trench, VOX summer intern, is a rising freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design and a future Oscar winner. Why did you join VOX? I’ve known Mac Rowe [VOX teen staff and Board member] since the 5th grade and heard VOX was a fun place. I decided to stay involved because I…

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Summer at VOX: Intern Interview with Cat

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Catherine Boyd (or “Cat”, as she’s known around here!) is a rising freshman at the college of her choice and one of our summer interns. Read on to learn more about why she’s spending her summer at VOX. She’s pictured here at her birthday celebration! Why did you join VOX? I joined VOX [in September…

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Solid or Sketchy? When Training is Everything

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If you’ve worked in journalism for 25 years, you can suffer an acute twinge through the heart when teenagers in 2015 categorize the Washington Post and National Public Radio as “sketchy” news sources. But that’s precisely the reason VOX developed its “Solid versus Sketchy?!” game that teens joining VOX play during their New Member Training sessions…

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Alexandria Wilson

A Second Home

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The brightly hued hand-drawn cover for the MARTA Transportation-themed VOX Spring 2010 print edition first grabbed Alexandria Wilson’s attention as she sat at a computer doing her digital homework one afternoon in the southwest Atlanta Fulton County Public Library. But it was the tagline on the newspaper’s cover that most intrigued the Jean Child Young…

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What Legacy Will I Have? CNN Volunteer Reflects on Work with Teens

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As her family members back in the U.S. blinked sleep out of their eyes watching the 5 a.m. fireworks display on CNN, Gwen Anderson Warren, a sound technician for the global cable news outlet was on a rooftop in New Zealand blinking tears out of her eyes. It was January 1, 2000, and Warren was…

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I’m the Hero of My Story – VOX Volunteer Michelle Hiskey Looks Back

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Thirty years later, veteran VOX Teen Communications volunteer Michelle Hiskey still remembers the name of her first teen writing mentor — Mark Bialczak. At age 15, the College Park, Maryland teen and self-described voracious newspaper reader had deposited herself at the Prince Georges Journal sports editor’s desk seeking a job. “He initially struck me as…

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VOX Produces New Brand and Home for Teen Voice

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ATLANTA, June 26, 2015 — After 22 years of providing a safe home for Atlanta teenagers to express themselves, VOX is proud to provide share its new digital home — VOXATL.COM — for those voices to be sought, sharpened and shared about the issues affecting Atlanta-area teens today. “Not only is the new website easy…

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Advocating for Youth Is Crucial

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Some of our youth — current foster youth, some from group homes and some youth who are about to age out of the system — came together and brainstormed ideas for stories they wanted to share with the world. The simple fact is other youth are going through the same thing and may not know…

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