Make My President Black Again

It wasn’t until I had gotten locked up at the age of 18 that I began to willingly learn and deeply care about governmental law and politics.

A Year of VISTA Service: Five Lessons for Nonprofit Practitioners and Other Service Members

Derek Moore and Nicole Smith completed their AmeriCorps VISTA service this week. During their year of service, they supported the launch of a new online resource, ServiceWorks Online, which is part of a larger national program that uses community service as a way to build skills and connections for opportunity youth.

Incarcerated Youth and Their Families: Human Just Like Everyone Else

Watching my brother go to jail opened my eyes to the fact that I want to help and work with youth who have been incarcerated. There is no age requirement for the ability to feel pain over an uncontrollable situation. I’m 16 years old, and I’ve probably seen more of the system than most youth out in society . . .

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Live on Washington: The Evolution of a Teen-Curated Festival, and Why It’s Important

It’s late spring, 2012, and 15 teenagers sit around a rectangular table on the second floor of the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s teen center. Still celebrating the . . .

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Pull Up One More Chair For Youth

Young people’s lived experience speak to viable solutions that policymakers might otherwise never come upon. The best first step for anyone looking to make changes on behalf of young people is to pull up one more chair for the experts . . .

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Remaking a Life: Inside and Out

I had been accused of a serious crime at the age of 17, and because the courts wanted to charge me as an adult instead of as a minor, I was looking at anywhere from 25 years to life instead of life until I was 25 . . .

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Sailing through Memory

My mind is somewhat of a junkyard, full of twisted metal and lost souls, and I sweat as I run from demons that pose as guilty pleasures. My future looks close, yet far, like a regatta waiting for me at bay . . .

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