VOX ATL

Where teens speak and Atlanta listens

Behind These Bars

150 150 VOX Atl

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…

read more

Where Are We Now?

150 150 VOX Atl

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…

read more

Know Your Code

150 150 VOX Atl

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…

read more

Can Atlanta Have Green Streets?

150 150 VOX Atl

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…

read more

Tech Crunch

150 150 VOX Atl

From computers to smartphones, technology has become ubiquitous and expected. We assume that everyone has a computer, smartphone and automated personal assistant anticipating our every need. And while we often debate how this technological addiction affects us, we seldom remember how much power we hold in the palm of our hands. This is especially true…

read more

Tech You Can Use

150 150 VOX Atl

Ima Christian was not only a recipient at the 2015 Georgia Youth leadership Awards, but also the Turner Voices Innovative Leadership Award. She is also the co-founder/CEO of Pinetart, Inc. Through this business, Ima and her two younger siblings created a mobile app called Five-O. Christian told VOX that Five-O is an app that “allows…

read more

Ten Miles to Independence

150 150 VOX Atl

A Georgia teen’s 16th birthday is a very monumental time in our lives. When we’re 16, we can do things that we weren’t allowed to do before — but now we also have responsibilities we didn’t have before. One part of turning 16 is finally being able to get our driver’s licenses and starting our long…

read more

Seven Deadly Sins

150 150 VOX Atl

As of March 26, Atlanta-area teenagers Randy Deforrest Frederick and Trent Lee Jacobs who are ages 16 and 15, respectively, will be tried as adults for their alleged crimes, according to Paulding County public information officer Ashley Henson. According to a statement released by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, it was New Year’s Eve when…

read more

For I Simply Cannot Breathe

150 150 VOX Atl

The American Dream has become a nightmare Now my people are becoming scared Of those who were meant to protect and Now they instill fear So someone, please, lend me your ear. My people seem to become an endangered species We’re losing everyday heroes, can’t you see? Everything is not as it seems This is…

read more

Automatic Systematic

150 150 VOX Atl

Imagine being dropped off at a house one day and being told that you have to live with complete strangers. Young people in the foster care system have to experience that throughout their lives. Kids in foster care are dependents of the state, so their living arrangements are arranged by the state and they seem…

read more