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VOX is an Atlanta-based organization, which means we love the city too busy to hate. These are stories specifically related to our community partners, issues in our community that affect teens and more.

Susan & Jada

Three Truths I’ve Learned At VOX

Susan Landrum, VOX’s Executive Director, was asked to be the alumni speaker at North Atlanta High School’s 2017 Visions of the Future ceremony. Here is what she shared with the 2017 graduates. So, I have a confession to make. I think this is an utterly terrifying proposition. Go back to your high school and stand…

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VOX History: A look back at the 1996 Olympics

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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Michelle Hiskey

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

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

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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What the Updated Code Changes

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

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?

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

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?

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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Tech Crunch

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…

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