Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kids! of the Month for January, 2004:
Amazing Young Journalists, LA Youth, Los Angeles, California!
Quote of the Month:
"For 15 years LA Youth has been the only independent, Los Angeles newspaper written by and about teens. LA Youth fosters job and educational skills, provides a forum for communication and gives young people a voice in civic life."
Excerpt from the LA Youth website
"Because this material is written in an authentic teen voice, L.A. Youth has a credibility with its readers that other media cannot match."
founder/publisher, LA Youth
Happy New Year from Amazing Kids! January's Amazing Kids! of the Month! are teen journalists who write for an all-teen newspaper and website, LA Youth. Like the exciting promise of a New Year, these talented young journalists demonstrate the amazing potential of today's youth! Read the following story about LA Youth and get inspired to show the world your own special talents!
And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
and publisher, Donna Myrow
Donna Myrow is the amazingly dedicated founder and publisher of LA Youth. Here is the story of the founding of LA Youth, in her own words (reprinted with permission from the LA Youth website):
"I still remember when I started L.A. Youth--and we didn't even have a computer! The pivotal moment was 9 a.m. on January 13, 1988, when the United States Supreme Court struck down student press rights, giving school officials broad powers to censor student newspapers. At 3:30 that afternoon, 15 teens gathered around my kitchen table to discuss the idea of publishing an independent, citywide teen-written newspaper in Los Angeles.
The creation of L.A. Youth on that January day was a logical outcome. We began with two issues a year, 2,500 each time. The response from teens, teachers and parents exceeded our wildest expectations. Copies were snapped up faster than we could print them. Letters poured in from readers which told how reading L.A. Youth had helped them solve personal problems and opened their eyes to new ideas. We believe that the publication of a teen newspaper is a particularly effective way to transmit basic literacy and job-related skills while empowering young people with the tools to meet and challenge the adult world. Today we publish every two months during the school year, distributing more than 100,000 copies free to a readership of more than 300,000.
Our newspaper can be found in public and private schools alike, nearly 400 community-based youth programs and many libraries. It is also sent to students in China, France and Africa. Individual articles are published on our website and reprinted in the Los Angeles Times and other publications.
L.A. Youth has a dual mission: to train students in critical thinking, writing skills and literacy, and to provide peer-written information for a young audience that has little faith in the mass media's ability to reflect its concerns.
For us, the most important news is information which will help our readers gain a better understanding of the society they live in, the forces that act on them and how they can gain more control over their lives. We present that information in news stories, but also in self-help articles, personal accounts, speakouts and many other formats. Because this material is written in an authentic teen voice, L.A. Youth has a credibility with its readers that other media cannot match.
L.A. Youth is designed to be the
sober, informed friend that parents wish their children had. L.A.
Youth is the work of writers, photographers and illustrators -
the storytellers of adolescence."
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Every issue of L.A. Youth is packed with a combination of high quality, thought- provoking and entertaining journalism, written especially for teens. One unique and excellent example of the quality work of these young journalists is the Fall 2003 issue which focused on a single theme, jobs for teens! (This issue was unusual in that the paper usually does not focus on one single theme.)
In this issue, you'll find articles about a wide variety of jobs, from interning, to temporary or "odd jobs," baby-sitting, being a sales associate, to jobs in the finance and entertainment worlds, including a job as a clown for Ringling Bros.! You'll also find job hunting and interview tips, as well as information on some job training programs.
If you are a teen, and want to learn more about what kinds of jobs are available for people your age, be sure to check out this amazing issue in the LA Youth archives on their website at: www.layouth.com/4_23_0.htm
Keep up the great work, LA Youth! We look forward to reading your next issue!
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LA Youth website: www.layouth.com
Note to Parents: Because some of the LA Youth articles' themes may be too mature for younger children, please use parental discretion when visiting the LA Youth website with your younger children.
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A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
If you are doing
some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Send
us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell
the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new
stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
Here's an idea you might want to try:
WHY NOT HELP OTHERS SEE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL?
If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them? Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talents!
Amazing Kids! is looking for teens to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors. If you'd like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD:
It's cool to be an Amazing Kid!
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