The Atlanta Brave New Voices team is here and ready for this year’s competition. Here’s what you need to know about this amazing group of five teens and what they plan to bring to the international slam poetry competition.
VOX ATL visited YouthSpark to ask the girls about crisis and what it meant to them and at the end of our session, a few of them wanted to share their thoughts and experiences on paper through writing and art.
We have all heard of foster care. However, little about the thousands of children and their experiences are ever brought to the public’s attention.
If you could write a letter to your past self, perhaps as a forewarning of relationships to come, what would you say?
With the parent-teen relationship, there should be privacy when it comes to their bedroom, journals, bathrooms and things of that nature — unless parents believe they have plans to harm themselves or other people.
There’s a bill under consideration this week that would extend foster care benefits to youth after age 18. Ann speaks up about why it’s important to her and other youth who’ve been there: “It’s kinda hard for us to grow up as fast as the system wants us to and we’re not ready for it. And our brains aren’t ready for it.”
I march because I wonder… at what point is our right to not be murdered more important than one’s right to bear arms?
Why are we relying on 18th-century laws to regulate 21st-century weapons?
My life, my safety at school should always come before guns, and as a country we are failing in our ability to protect our most vulnerable, so I am marching for change.
I march so I can see a positive change in our future, a future where students aren’t afraid to go to school, wondering if they should duck and cover whenever they hear a noise coming from the hallway.