VOX ATL

Where teens speak and Atlanta listens

Family Problems Affect Schoolwork

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If you are a teen and you have family problems or if you are an adult that had family problems as a teen, you should read this. Maybe my life will make your confidence increase. My name is QuaShad and I am 14 years old. My life started to go bad when I was 13. It…

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Two Sides of a Coin

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I am a contradiction. I consider my personality so intricate that it seemingly is an opposite of itself at times. You see, through my life I have been exposed to a multitude of ideals, upbringings, role models and lifestyles. Over time and many hardships later, my personality began to diverge into two sides. One part of…

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On Peer Pressure

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In the never-ending battle of peer pressure, I have prevailed! Everyone goes through it at one point or another, but it’s much worse for us teens. Let’s go back three years (when I was 10), all my friends were into rap. When I first heard rap, I hated it. It just sounded like men singing…

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Wrongfully Punished

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The problem was this: my teacher put her hands on me. I acted in self-defense like any other person would. The situation all started by us playing in the restroom. She came in and put us out of the restroom. Of course, knowing me, I’m walking slow. That’s when she came and pushed me. First…

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Violence

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Violence comes from gang affiliation, bullying and even social media. But is violence always the answer? Violence screams out, “I want more, I want more!” Violence is not always the answer. God didn’t want this. Every gang is beefing with each other so they kill, fight, do anything they can to get revenge, all to…

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What the Updated Code Changes

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In 2013, the Georgia legislature passed revisions to laws that govern young people in our state. Here, VOX gives you the breakdown of the changes to the law’s revisions that took effect in 2014. The majority of offenses youth in Georgia commit are non-violent, but the number of youth re-committing crimes once they’ve already spent…

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Behind These Bars

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I never thought I don’t think anyone thought That when I was born I would be here Behind these bars. Who knew that one little mistake One little slip Would’ve cost me everything My humanity, my dignity, my life as I knew it Behind these bars. The first night That first spine-shivering night I hear…

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Where Are We Now?

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In 2014, Georgia’s juvenile justice code got the facelift it had desperately needed for decades. But have those laws been successful? Luckily, we have a one-year report that gives us some important details about how the changes being made as a result of revisions to the code are affecting young people impacted by the juvenile…

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Know Your Code

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In 2014, Georgia started enforcing use of its revamped Juvenile Justice code, which had not been comprehensively updated in more than 40 years. This means teens living in Georgia between January 1, 2014 and somewhere around 1970, hadn’t had comprehensive revision and reform to the laws that govern us. Forty years in a fast-paced society…

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Can Atlanta Have Green Streets?

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Growing up in the impoverished public housing development of San Francisco, Tyrone Mullins was not on track to go far. From an early age, he was involved in the violence and conflict that were a part of his community. He served jail time, got out, and was all set to continue the life of struggle…

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