Best Practice

VOX shares stories of our work that promote what we endorse as a best practice of work with teens.

VOX + Leap Year Unite To Expand Their Reach

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ATLANTA — Local nonprofit Leap Year has moved into VOX’s downtown Atlanta office to partner around sharing resources and reaching more area teenagers. “By sharing office space, we are able to collaborate around ideas and be even more effective in empowering young people to build successful futures,” says Amber Scott, Founder and Executive Director of Leap Year.…

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A Free Press By & For Teens — Now, More Than Ever

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By Rachel Alterman Wallack, VOX’s Founder If anyone ever wondered why, in the age of Twitter and Tumblr and all forms of free digital expression, VOX’s mission remains relevant — if not crucial — President Donald Trump reminds us often with his harsh criticism of the press. This tweet most certainly: Denigrating the press, again,…

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VOX Vision: Alyssa Lasseter

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It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make VOX the place where teens speak and Atlanta listens. We spoke with long-time VOX volunteer and supporter Alyssa Lasseter about her work here. How did you get connected with VOX? I’m passionate about working with children and youth-serving organizations. I came across VOX during…

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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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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 Takes the Stage

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Melody You, Shva Star and Christa Heard interview YA authors at the 2014 Decatur Book Festival. With a busy school schedule, JROTC and VOX schedule, Kaleb, a junior at Atlanta’s B.E.S.T. Academy High School, says he’s had no time to read for pleasure in the last year – a challenge echoed by The National Endowment…

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