IndyTeens Op-Ed: Confederate Statues? Take Them Down!

IndyTeens Op-Ed: Confederate Statues? Take Them Down!

By Lukas Azcurrain, age 14 Monuments that commemorate Confederate soldiers and other racist historical figures whose fortunes were built on the slave trade have been at the forefront of recent conversations in the United States.  After the murder of George Floyd, the...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Lauren Claggett, age 12  Most U.S. citizens have heard of Columbus Day, which is observed every year on the second Monday of October. The holiday was named after Christopher Columbus, who claimed to have found the “new world.” Although this holiday is very well...

Policing in Schools: Is It Really Necessary?

Policing in Schools: Is It Really Necessary?

By Simon Boon-Blankinship, age 11 and IndyKids Staff The number of police officers hired by schools across the country has skyrocketed in recent times. These officers, also known as social resource officers (SROs), are often not trained to work with children, and...

Do You Really Know What Reform & Defund Mean?

Do You Really Know What Reform & Defund Mean?

By Melina Cantagallo, age 12 While the Black Lives Matter movement was established seven years ago, the death of George Floyd in May, among other Black lives at the hands of police, has raised the question: “Are the police really keeping us safe?” According to a...

Trump Seeks to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census Count

Trump Seeks to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census Count

By Neena Maya Sapkota, age 11 President Trump is seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census. The census has been recorded every 10 years since 1790 and counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories. Providing important...

The Pandemic of Unhoused Youths

The Pandemic of Unhoused Youths

By Nicolle Berroa, age 13 As the United States grapples with a global health pandemic, the crisis of youth houselessness steadily worsens. Most recent data on the rate of unhoused children from 2017 to 2018 found that youth houselessness was at its highest point in...

Black and White African Rhinos in Coronavirus Crisis 

Black and White African Rhinos in Coronavirus Crisis 

By Sofia Mancini, age 8 Did you know that in 1995 there were 500,000 black rhinos, but now they are critically endangered, with only 5,500 of them left? There are only about 23,500 black and white rhinos in total left. With a global pandemic crushing the tourism...

Who am I?

Who am I?

By Nicolle Berroa, age 13 “[He] was the most important bridge between the wonderful legacy of the civil rights movement and the message of hope and change,” said Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a Harvard Law School professor and civil rights lawyer.  I was born in...

Meet IndyKid Reporter… Dayanara Hernandez

Meet IndyKid Reporter… Dayanara Hernandez

By Giavana Maldonado, age 13 Meet Dayanara Hernandez, a 15-year-old high school freshman. In 2019, she became an IndyKids reporter and wrote her first cover story in early 2020. Dayanara was introduced to IndyKids by her elementary media teacher. Her passion has...

Socially Distant Social Movements

Socially Distant Social Movements

By Charles DeLange, age 12 Activists have found new ways, or gone back to older ways, to fight for their causes during the coronavirus pandemic. Many protesters and people want to keep their communities interactive, even if people are spaced at least six feet apart....

Supreme Court Ruling Makes Discrimination Within Contracts Easier

Supreme Court Ruling Makes Discrimination Within Contracts Easier

By Amzad Ali, age 16 and IndyKids Staff In March, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of cable giant Comcast in Comcast v. National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM), weakening a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibiting racial...

How Do You Stay Home Without a House

How Do You Stay Home Without a House

By Raya ElHajjar, age 12 COVID-19 has been ravaging New York City since March 2020. Although the streets are largely empty, if you look closer, you might see a person huddling in a corner, holding up a cardboard sign that reads “Anything Helps.”  More than 70,000...

Coronavirus Explained

Coronavirus Explained

By Giavana Maldonado, age 13 COVID-19 is a virus caused by the novel coronavirus which causes respiratory illness in its hosts. There are many types of coronavirus, some of which cause diseases in humans. The first reported case of this coronavirus was in Wuhan,...

News Brief: Earth Day Goes Digital

News Brief: Earth Day Goes Digital

By Nicolle Berroa, age 13 April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers had to get creative with their activism.  A 72-hour online live stream was co-hosted by actor Ed Begley Jr. and his daughter, Hayden Carson Begley,...

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