Rise of the “She-cession”: Women Hit Hardest by COVID Job Losses

Rise of the “She-cession”: Women Hit Hardest by COVID Job Losses

By Sira Basse, age 15 The fight for gender equality in the workplace is an ongoing battle in the United States, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made the struggle more dire. In the first 10 months of the pandemic, 5.5 million women around the country lost their...

Someday You Could Be… Jabari Brisport

Someday You Could Be… Jabari Brisport

By Vienne Linsalata age 9 Jabari Brisport is a socialist politician, middle school math teacher, actor and the first Black openly gay state senator-elect for New York’s 25th District. He is fighting for equal access to quality education, combating climate change,...

Puzzle: Who Am I?

Puzzle: Who Am I?

By Linnea Quammen, age 10 I was born on July 30, 1924, in Boonville, Missouri. I led my first sit-in, which sought to desegregate Barton’s Cafeteria in Peoria, Illinois, in 1947. I dropped out of college to become a minister and was an inspiring leader in the civil...

Science Brief: World Isn’t Meeting Biodiversity Targets

Science Brief: World Isn’t Meeting Biodiversity Targets

By Sloan Becker, age 10  Mother Earth has been losing many of her diverse plants and animals. In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity, made up of 150 countries, pledged to complete 20 targets by 2020 in order to help protect Earth’s biodiversity. However,...

The Beneficial BioBus

The Beneficial BioBus

By Becca Jene Uss, age 10 BioBus is a moving science lab that is open for schools to expand their learning program of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and educate kids that have limited access to a high-quality science education.  Typically, the...

Personal Report: The Challenges of Educating During a Pandemic

Personal Report: The Challenges of Educating During a Pandemic

By Arnay Agarwal, Age 12 Teachers are great problem solvers, but the coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges unlike any other. From technical glitches to exposing the socioeconomic inequities of education to dealing with overstretched parents, teachers are now...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Raya El-Hajjar

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Raya El-Hajjar

Q. How did you first hear about IndyKids and how long have you written with them? A. My mom always got IndyKids for her classroom, and I always remember reading it. When I was in 5th grade, I started wanting to write for IndyKids, so I filled out the survey on their...

News Brief: Lower the Voting Age? The Discussion Has Begun

News Brief: Lower the Voting Age? The Discussion Has Begun

By Oscar Tomasello, age 12 The minimum age required to vote was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1970. Now 50 years later, activists around the country are pushing to lower the voting age again.  Tyler Okeke, a 19-year-old organizer with the nonprofit Power California, told...

News Brief: U.K. and Europe Pesticide Scandal

News Brief: U.K. and Europe Pesticide Scandal

Oscar Tomasello, age 12 Around 81,000 tonnes of illegal pesticides were shipped from the EU in 2018 to smaller countries including South Africa, Ukraine and Brazil. These pesticides contain paraquat, a toxic chemical which is fatal if ingested and has been banned from...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: An Equality Superhero

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: An Equality Superhero

By Mia Silverman, age 11 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legendary Supreme Court justice, passed away in September after serving 27 years on the Supreme Court and a lifetime of fighting for equal rights for people of all races, genders and sexual orientations. With her seat...

A Boon to Billionaires, a Bust for Average Americans

A Boon to Billionaires, a Bust for Average Americans

By Sami El-Hajjar, age 11     Carlos Rodriguez Herrera was a barista at a Mediterranean restaurant in New York City. But on March 14, right after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, he was told not to come back to work. “I don’t know how I’m going to pay the...

From School Closures to Child Labor

From School Closures to Child Labor

By Hudson Mu, age 14 The pandemic has robbed millions of their jobs, and now with prolonged school closures across the world, many children in impoverished countries have been forced into backbreaking and often illegal work in an effort to make money for their...

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