What’s This Month’s Theme?
NOTE: Because Teen Voices is now closed, the Artist of the Month contest is over. Our Artist of the Year will be chosen from among our pool of current Artist of the Month winners. Details to be announced soon.
August: Global Connections
We all speak different languages and have different traditions, customs and backgrounds. This month let's celebrate diversity! And let's celebrate our shared emotions and experiences! What is it that connects women all over the world? How can people and countries work to ending global issues like sex-trafficking, domestic abuse, hunger, and poverty? How can we build a better world and a better future? Can we see past war toward hope, growth, and understanding? What would a world at peace look like?
Traveling pants, or no traveling pants, nothing beats the honesty, love and support we get from sisterhood. Whether you're biological sisters or just close friends, who do you turn to first when you get happy or sad news? Have you ever felt left out? Have you ever been there for someone when they've gone through trying times? Who do you think of when you hear "sisterhood?" How do you celebrate your relationships and sisterhoods?
The presidential election is almost here. Tired of hearing and seeing ad campaigns yet? Or are you hyped up and volunteering to support your preferred candidate? What issues do you think are most important? Are there any issues you think politicians should be addressing, but aren't? Are the needs and perspectives of teen girls visible in this election? Are their voices through voting? What's the status of women in politics? What types of leaders do our nation and this world need?
We all come from somewhere, and this month is the time to be proud of our family heritage. America is a melting pot with a wealth of culture and history. Where is your family from? What about your family's culture makes you unique? Do you have favorite recipes passed down for generations? What is your favorite tradition? What about stories your grandmother has told you about the good ol' days? What do you want to learn about your heritage and/or culture?
No matter what holiday you're celebrating, this is a season when you can show your compassion. It's also a time to reflect on the past year and give thanks to those who have touched your life. Who or what are you truly thankful for? What's the greatest gift you could give someone? What does it mean to show compassion toward others? Have you witnessed an act of kindness that inspired you? Are there situations where society isn't showing or giving enough compassion?