Atlanta Teen Voices

You don’t have to join the teen staff to join the fun. Any teen growing up in metro Atlanta is invited to publish with VOX ATL.

Teens: If you’re in interested in sharing your original story, art, or poetry,  email editor@voxatl.org, or you can submit your original content online here. You must include your full name, age, school and an original photo/art piece to go along with your story.

We also partner with local nonprofits and schools! Right now, VOX ATL’s workshops and speak-out opportunities are all digital! We’ll work with your organization to help teens create content through virtual workshops, hang-outs and/or publishing activities they can manage independently.

Our “What’s your Spark” workshop with teens from Ushers New Look Foundation included break-out rooms by grade level.

VOX ATL Workshop Topics

(75-90-minute sessions customized for each group): 

Self-expression: “Grab the mic — what do you speak up for?” A session focused on supporting individuals in a group speaking up about a community issue / social justice topic the group is passionate about. Participants will speak-up and make media about their social justice topic. Writing and art options are available for individuals, group media projects can include podcast or video*. Two-part series are recommended where possible. 

Self-expression & advocacy: “Your voice – your power” A session for youth who already know what they are passionate about and want to craft persuasive messages about their topic. Participants will write an op-ed or letter for publication, and/or design social media posts promoting their advocacy agenda. 

Self-expression through poetry & performance poetry  Participants work with teaching artists (near-peers) from VOX ATL’s poetry & spoken word program, Atlanta Word Works

Facilitation trainings – These trainings are for youth who want to build community, lead groups and lead community conversations. Training session options (build on each other) 

  • Facilitation 101
  • Facilitation in the Digital Space, keeping your groups interactive & engaged (must have 101 session first)
  • Public Speaking

Journalism trainings – We create custom trainings for teens using the tools of journalism to increase written communications skills, media literacy (solid vs. sketchy sources), interviewing skills, writing strong feature and persuasive articles, developing a podcast, and more. One topic per workshop. 

Youth voice in your organization – This training is for youth, adults serving a youth organization, or youth and adults together to increase understanding about how to incorporate youth voice to strengthen an organization and its work. Good for strengthening youth advisory boards and for organizations that want to increase stakeholder engagement. 

Please email Rachel with questions or to discuss the options, or sign up by clicking this publishing and workshop agreement.

You can also sign up here to receive free copies of our print edition at your school or community organization. Our latest edition was released in December 2020. Papers can be mailed to you, or dropped off at your location. For our current distribution partners – please fill out this form even if you have received copies in the past. This form is specific to our most recent print edition and we want to be sure that we have all the information we need to safely distribute our newspapers to your location.

Atlanta Teen Voices publishes content from community partners and individual teens, like this: 

COLLIDING ART AND CHANGE: THE BIRTH OF A PERFECT DAY WITH ALLIANCE THEATRE – video & narrative by Collision Project members

CLICK HERE to enjoy more voices of Atlanta-area teens.

 

To speak with someone at VOX ATL about our community workshops, please contact Rachel@voxatl.org. 

For more information about distributing VOX ATL papers or having VOX ATL come to your event, please contact Allison@voxatl.org.