This video produced by Mikael Trench, VOX multimedia teen editor, shares highlights and voices from the day at VOX-a-Palooza 2017.
Through a teen-led event called VOX-A-Palooza, on April 29, VOX brought education about mental health and showcased our special coverage on the same issue to metro-Atlanta teens and their families.
The print publication, titled “Breaking Through: The Mental Health Issue” covered everything from the representation and lack thereof in the hip-hop community to the relationship between hypermasculinity and mental health to mental illness stigma in the black community. (All of the articles will also be published throughout the month of May on our digital platform with several additional multimedia and features online here.)
The multi-faceted event displayed teens’ original works, invited teens to make buttons and speak out about mental health and self-care with VOXATL multimedia teen editor Mikael Trench. Here are photos from the event.
The free event ended with a poetry slam. Ten finalists shared their poetry, and five were selected to be the Atlanta team going to Brave New Voices this summer.
Jahleelah, 17, is an activist and artist who served as a VOX teen editor this year and will begin studying public policy, French and film in the fall of 2017.
Mikael, 18, is finishing his first year at SCAD and served as VOX’s multimedia teen editor this school year.
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