“Dear Self” A Poem about Body Image

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Health and Wellness, Poetry

Dear Self, When you stand in front of a mirror, your hands slide over your skin. Your fingernails never dig into your flesh, but make no mistake. You have never been gentle, and you spend this time ripping yourself apart. You pinch at your belly, and watch until the red marks of your fingers fade […]

Voices for Healthy Relationships: Teens Speak Out

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, General, Relationships, Teen Dating Violence, VOX Investigates

VOX joined Partnership Against Domestic Violence Teen Summit to give teens a chance to speak up about what matters to them about dating, dating violence and healthy relationships. Through participating in VOX workshops and speak out stations, teens shared their experiences and voices around this year’s Summit theme “Voices and Choices.” VOX’s Atlanta Teen Voices Teen Editor Christian Stallworth co-facilitated two […]

‘African-American Freakshow’ A Poem

  |  Topic: Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! Welcome to the African-American Freakshow!   Where you learn my African-not-“American” name,  Ogechi And you pause… then you then you utter “Oh, it’s a beautiful name” But, your eyes tell lies and your beauty is just a white/polite way of saying bizarre, weird, odd But I forgot, this […]

‘The Salon’ A Poem about Hair

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Girl Code, Identity, Poetry

This poem is for the broken combs and blue magic For pink lotion and just for me texturizers I sat for 5 hours In a hot salon that smelled of crack conditioner and oil sheen There is where I learned that I defy gravity I learned that finger waves make your hair grow And essential […]

Emory Youth Partnership Teens Speak Out about Leadership

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, General, Health and Wellness, Videos
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The room at Emory was full of excited teenagers from different schools around Atlanta. The workshop was about leadership and about developing leadership skills while highlighting what a leader truly is. The interaction and engagement from the teens stuck out to me the most during the workshop. They all seemed so enthused to be participating and quick to share their opinions.