Julia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe, two 14-year-old SPARK Summit bloggers, recently created quite a media stir when they showed great determination and social media skill in petitioning teen media giant Seventeenmagazine to include at least one unedited photo spread per issue in the magazine’s contents. It didn’t take long for DeDe Lahman, former editor of Seventeen, to jump in and publicly back Bluhm and Labbe’s petition. Lahman became not only a supporter, but a resource for the girls. She offered words of wisdom and used her journalistic connections to try to help them reach a realistic goal.
Teen Voices' teen editors spoke with Heather Corinna, former editor and founder of Scarlet Letters and Scarleteen, about why teens sext. Corinna is the author of "S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know-Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College" and a contributing writer and editor for the 2011 edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves."
When you turn around, what do you see? We bet you see a teenager texting. A lot of teens use their phones to text rather than to talk. With all this texting going on, you can never be too sure of what is being sent from one phone to another. When teens meet someone of interest, they usually start off texting. As they get more engaged in their relationship as a young couple, they develop trust in one another. This trust can often lead to the exchange of "explicit" images and messages.
Teen Voices shares stories of teens who have experienced abusive relationships, offers tips on how to help yourself or someone else who is caught in an abusive relationship.
Did you know that females, not only males, populate gangs everywhere? Living in a rough neighborhood can leave some teens looking for love and a sense of family in all the wrong places. A former gang member speaks out against gang violence and tells Teen Voices how she got out.
Love is a two-way street: it only works when the two people in the relationship meet each other halfway. Teen Voices editors Lachele Fernandes and Shaquillia Meadows give their top ten ways to share the love.
Career, Job, and College Prep
Are you interested in writing, but find it difficult to put your ideas to paper? Have no fear! To get you started, journalist, author, and book critic Lucy Atkins is presenting a series of Write Now! story writing workshops.
Teen editors Da'naysha Jones and Kerrin Gibbs interview women who are working in male-dominated fields and loving it!
Want to get a job but don't know how to go about it? No need to worry—all of your answers are right here.
Is high school winding down? Do you want to apply for college, but not know how to get started? Teen Voices is here to help you out!
Teen Voices spoke with some of the Sierra Youth Coalition's leading young activists—Anjali Helferty, Zoe Caron, and Maggie Baynham—to find out why it's important that we stop global warming.
Need a good read? These poems are sure going to make you want to hug a tree!
You’re finally entering high school—that fascinating place you’ve discovered in books and movies. All you can think about is joining the girls’ soccer team. You’ve played with your friends and neighbors in the backyard forever, and now it’s time for you to start playing competitively. When you arrive at school, you see sign-up sheets for all the sports offered—but when you look closely, you realize that they’re for boys only!
When it came to politics, I couldn't have cared less. But I now realize that this attitude of indifference wasn't based in ignorance and it wasn't personal. It was based in systemic oppression and repression. I was oppressed. I could speak, but my voice didn't matter. No one cared what I thought or wanted. It wasn't personal—it was the same for 85 million Egyptians for 30 years.
Katie Riley, a Communication Studies major at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, took her first trip to Haiti in July 2007 with a group of fellow students, and has since been active with a group known as the Haiti Outreach Program. Katie, 19, is active in raising funds and awareness for the country. Katie tells Teen Voices about her passion for helping Haiti recover from the January 2010 disaster.
" Teen Editors Respond to the Earthquake in Haiti