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Democracy in Action
No democracy can thrive with indifference. The power of every democracy is the freedom to learn and then act upon current events as they are framed by historical knowledge.
Teen Voices of Democracy places in the hands of America's youth the power to act on their knowledge by expressing their informed opinions about the social and political issues that affect them, their families and the nation.
Our aim is to expand the
role of citizen-journalism to involve teenagers by encouraging them to
become informed about the issues that will shape their
This animated video about democracy won first place in the 2009 Democracy Video Challenge.
Energizing America's High School Students
Initial support for the Youth Citizen-Journalist Network came from the United States Election Assistance Commission in the fall of 2009. That award was from the EAC's Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Mock Election Program.
Informed Opinions About the Issues
High school students are invited to send their informed opinions and articles to Teen Voices by clicking the "Send Article" button at the top of the Front Page.
All content will conform to recognized journalistic standards and ethics and will be monitored by professional editors.
Reaching Students With the Media They Use
Cell phones and "smartphones," easily more available worldwide than are computers, are preferred young people as way to communicate with each other and retrieve information.
To reach the youth audience, Teen Voices of Democracy has created a free iPhone and iPod Touch app named "Teen Voices" that is available from the App Store on their mobile devices. Those who have other smartphones, such as those powered by Google's Android operating system, we have created a "universal" app located at http://www.teenvoicesmobile.org.
Students are able to transmit information to Teen Voices about articles they have written, using the "Send Article" button at the top of those smartphone apps.
are extremely happy that the Dow Jones News Fund, a 50-year-old foundation that encourages young people to consider careers in journalism, has endorsed Teen Voices. Articles requested from high school newspapers will follow guidelines similar to the ones used by These Struck Our Fancy, which is part of the News Fund's quarterly publication, Adviser Update.
What Is Citizen Journalism?
Citizen-journalism, sometimes called civic journalism, is the democratization of news content. However, not all news content is citizen-journalism.
The Future for Teen Voices
Our goal is to develop a nationwide network of high school school students who will help build the present and future of democracy with reporting about voting, political campaigns and the social and political issues that concern today's young people and their families.
Long-range plans call for Teen Voices to expand to other nations in order to give young people worldwide a voice about democracy and voting, as well as local, national and international issues that affect them and their nations.