IndyTeens Op-Ed: From Columbus to Netanyahu

By Raya El Hajjar, age 13 Everyone knows the year 1492. It is the year that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. From then on, Indigenous land was continuously taken, while the Native peoples were displaced or restricted to reservations. Now the remaining Native...

IndyTeens: Devastated Wuhan Hit by Heavy Floods

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 15 Originally published, July 2020 Heavy rains and flooding over late May and June in southern and central China have displaced over 2 million people, and at least 141 people are dead or missing. This is the worst flooding to hit the country...

IndyTeens: Amazon Fires Fueled by Human Greed

By Sophia Reilly, age 12 The Amazon is burning. Brazil is facing not only a pandemic but an environmental disaster as well.  The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest has risen over the last year due to legal and illegal deforestation. According to Brazil’s space...

IndyTeens OP-ED: Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism 

By Neva Simon, age 16 Donald Trump has repeatedly taken advantage of the American government to fit the agenda and desires of his administration, like his preference to protect the economy more than people during the COVID-19 crisis. But recently, he has begun taking...

IndyTeens: Trump Administration’s Recent Ruling Attacks LGBTQ+ Community

By Sabat Ali, age 14 As the global pandemic continues to worsen, access to healthcare providers is crucial to staying healthy and safe. However, President Trump’s recent measures have attempted to make it difficult for members of the transgender community to find...

IndyTeens: The Pandemic Within the Prison

By Sira Basse, age 15 The coronavirus is still a threat to the health of people worldwide. Every nation has chosen their own path in how to deal with this pandemic. Even during the times of heavy quarantine and the most precautions being taken, people of lower...

IndyTeens: “The Time Has Chosen Us”: The Legacy of John Lewis

By Samaira Bunburry, age 12 The Southern sun shone down upon the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965. Arms locked in arms, the sound of hundreds of footsteps thumped proudly, for this was the day that voices turned into power. And leading that...

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 30

By Jet Watling, age 11 This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are 61 million people with disabilities in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of whom have benefited...

Who Am I?

I was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in 1945 and was relocated to San Francisco through a federal program that sought to assimilate Native peoples to urban areas off-reservation. I was introduced to political activism in San Francisco, where I faced poverty,...

Melting Habitats Imperil the Polar Bear

By Seneca Oehrle, age 12 and IndyKids Staff A study published in July on Nature.com found that almost all polar bear subpopulations are facing major habitat loss. Human contribution to global warming has led to declining levels of summer sea ice. This forces polar...

Personal Report: Homophobic Hate Crimes Haunt Upstate Couple

By Ellie Schneider, age 12 Homophobic hate crimes against my uncle, Arjay Baker, and his husband started three-and-a-half years ago, when a neighbor began to use homophobic and racist slurs against them. The hate reached a tipping point after a high-power pellet gun...

Meet IndyKid Reporter… Nicolle Berroa

By Hudson Mu, age 14 Meet Nicolle Berroa, a 13 year old eighth grader from South Florida. Nicolle has been writing for the newspaper for a while now after being introduced to the program by her aunt who works with IndyKids. She wrote her first cover story for this...

Going Ape for Social Distancing?

By Ozzy Brown, age 11 Humans may think they are the only species that practice social distancing, but other animals also social distance to stop the spread of contagious diseases. Humans could learn from them about how to protect their community and stay safe....

Global Methane Emissions at Record High 

By Linnea Quammen, age 10 and IndyKids Staff Methane emissions across the world are at a record high, according to the most recent data findings from 2017. The latest study by scientists with the Global Carbon Project in July says that nearly 600 million tons of...

Washington NFL Team Drops Its Racist Mascot, But Fight Continues

By Claire Davis, age 12 Washington, D.C.’s NFL football team decided to drop their team name because it was offensive, containing a racial slur, to the Native American community it portrayed. They aren’t the only sports team with this problem. A study of Native...

Real-World Examples of Police Defunding and Reform

By Varick Mazumder age 10 and IndyKids Staff While according to White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump is “appalled” by the current BLM movement, some states have already started taking steps toward reexamining their police systems, and some...

How George Floyd’s Death Sparked New Momentum for the BLM Movement

By Sabrina Mazumder, age 12 and IndyKids Staff George Floyd’s death at the hands of cops has reignited the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement globally. On May 25, Floyd, a Black man, was killed after a white police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost...

A Brief History of Policing in the United States

By Aman Mehrota, age 10 and IndyKids Staff The United States police forces are a pretty modern invention. Early police forces were privately funded systems governed by the rich white elite to protect property. Some say that systemic racism has always been the...

New York Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools Until 2022

 By Maude Stevens, age 12 This summer, New York state lawmakers voted to ban the use of facial recognition technology in schools until 2022, citing student data protection and concerns that the technology might be biased against Latinx and Black students. The New York...

Has Time Expired for TikTok in the United States?

By Aimen Zehra, age 10 Originally published July, 2020 President Trump issued an executive order in August to ban TikTok in the United States. The app, popular with celebrities and teens around the world to make goofy content, was created by ByteDance, a Chinese...

New Security Law Erodes Hong Kong’s Autonomy

By Sam Gelber, age 12 China imposed a new security law on Hong Kong on June 30. It is designed to erode Hong Kong’s autonomy and criminalizes acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion. Hong Kong was responsible for setting up its own security law, but did...

The Plastic Pandemic

By Amy Block, age 9 and IndyKids Staff In recent years countries began banning single-use plastics because they often end up  in landfills or, worse, in our oceans. According to the Smithsonian magazine, many states were forced to lift bans on plastic bags because...

Portland Protests: Will Police Brutality End?

By Inaaya Majid, age 10 Originally published July, 2020 Mass Black Lives Matter protests in Portland against police brutality and racial violence have been ongoing ever since May 29.  When the protests started, they were very peaceful and nonviolent. But violence...

The Ballot Box and the Mailbox in the Time of COVID-19

IndyKid Journalist, age 12 The coronavirus pandemic has brought new difficulties to the 2020 presidential election due to take place on November 3. Reduced access to polling stations and issues with mail-in ballots could potentially affect the amount of votes for each...

IndyTeens: A Progressive Agenda Lies in Congress: Jamaal Bowman

Interview and article by Hudson Mu, age 14 It was a sweltering June Saturday in the Bronx, New York. A pop-up table supported boxes of face masks, hand sanitizer and water bottles in front of Van Cortlandt Park. Taped to it were posters that could be spotted all...

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

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?

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?

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

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

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 

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,...

News Brief: DACA Status Update (May 2020)

By Nicolle Berroa, age 13 DACA recipients across the United States are anxiously awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court that will ultimately decide their futures.  The close to 70,000 recipients for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), may lose the legal...

Science Brief: Endangered Sea Turtles Enjoy Quarantine 

By Gibran Williams , age 8 On March 22, 97 vulnerable hawksbill turtles felt the benefit of human social distancing and ended up in the ocean instead of dying. The turtles hatched on a beach in Paulista, a town in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil.  Paulo...

Science Brief: Antarctica’s Hottest day on Record

By Anneliese Smudde, age 10 On February 9, Antarctica saw its highest temperature on record at just over 69 degrees Fahrenheit, according to researchers at Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station. This temperature broke a record heat of 63.5 degrees recorded just three...

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...

Dakota Access Pipeline Given a Glimmer of Hope

By August Kaiser, age 10 and IndyKids Staff The Dakota Access Pipeline has been operational since May 2017, but now a federal court has ordered the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to do a full environmental review. In response to a petition to nullify federal permits,...

What Is Medicare for All?

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 15 and IndyKids staff Medicare for All is commonly thought of as being just one proposal, when in fact there are several proposals. Medicare for All is a way for all people to have the same benefits, regardless of their income or private...

School’s Out: How Coronavirus is Changing Education

  By Orik Ehren, age 13 All over the world the schools of hundreds of millions of students are closed due to the coronavirus. Their educations have been moved online or, in many cases, suspended entirely. Keeping students away from school does positively...

Op-Ed: Why We Rise

by Adedayo Perkovich age 16 “It comes as a great shock to discover that the country, which is your birth place, and to which you owe your life and your identity has not in its whole system of reality involved any place for you.” — James Baldwin This year, my...

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Rights

By Rida Ali, age 16 “Would I truly go to heaven, despite being gay?” was a question that James Guay asked himself as a young child. Guay, in an interview with Time, described how he was a victim of conversion therapy, a practice that attempts to change one’s sexuality...

Coronavirus and Xenophobia: Hate Spreads Like a Virus

By Rosell Estrella, age 10 and IndyKids Staff COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, late in 2019. The subsequent worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has with it spread xenophobia and racism toward many people of Asian descent.  President Donald Trump and...

Parker Todd, aka The Sickler

By Charles Delange, age 12 Parker Todd was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD), also known as sickle cell anemia, at 3 years old. At 11, he wrote The Adventures of the Sickler, a comic intended to help other young kids struggling with illness. Now 14 years old,...

Drag Queen Story Hour Strives to Teach Kids Acceptance and Diversity

by Juan Cortes, Age 10 and IndyKids Staff Some drag queens around the United States are taking to a different kind of stage: one at the front of a public library.  The Drag Queen Story Hour, which started in 2015 in San Francisco, are events which see drag queens...

Mutual Aid: Community Spirit Is Contagious

By Amedeo Max Bettauer, age 10 and IndyKids staff Tod Robbins, the founder of Utah Valley Mutual Aid, received a call from a woman speaking Spanish, a language he was rusty in and hadn’t practiced since college. But he knew from her voice that she was desperate. So he...

Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Thrown Out by Federal Government

Photo by Bill Oxford By Orik Ehren, age 13 Juliana v. United States, a 2015 high-profile lawsuit which saw a group of 21 young plaintiffs accuse the United States of pursuing actions that exacerbate global warming, was dismissed on January 17, 2020.  The dismissal...

Trump Rolls Back Michelle Obama’s Nutrition Guidelines Act

Fatty foods back on the menu. Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Juan Cortes, age 10 On January 17, 2020, the Trump administration rolled back the standards of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act led by Michelle Obama in 2010.  New standards proposed by the Agriculture...

NY State Bans Plastic Bags

Reusable bags NYC. Photo by Jon Tyson By Orik Ehren, age 13 In a landmark piece of legislation, the state of New York has banned the distribution of nonbiodegradable single-use bags by retail stores from March 1, 2020. With consumers now being encouraged to bring...

Female NASA Astronaut Makes History 

Christina Koch in space, 2019. Photo by NASA/Beth Wessinger Aisha Tabala Age 11 & Indykids staff On February 6, 2020, NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to earth having achieved the remarkable record of holding the longest single spaceflight by a woman. Koch,...

Who Am I?

Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Mikhail Razzak, age 11 I was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, AL, and died June 1, 1968, in Easton, CT. I learned how to read and write when my teacher, Anne Sullivan, poured water with a pump on my hand and spelled the word “water”...

The Future of Australia’s Iconic Koala Is in Danger 

A koala chews on eucalyptus leaves. Photo by David Clode By John Davidson, age 11 and Siena Kokolios, age 6  Koalas are marsupials that live in eucalyptus trees—known locally as gum trees—in eastern and southern Australia. Marsupials carry their babies in a pouch....

Iran Protests and the Evolving Antiwar Movement

Iran peace protests, Boston, 2020. Photo by Kai Medina By Rosell Rivas, age 10 & IndyKids staff Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated on January 3, 2020, under the authorization of President Trump. In response, the New York Times reported that...

Against the Iraq War: The Largest Global Protest Ever

Protesters against the war in Iraq march towards U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, 2007. Photo by, Ragesoss By Michael Hirschfield, age 12 and IndyKids staff On February 15, 2003, 12 to 14 million people gathered in 800 cities around the world to protest against the...

The Draft Haunted Many People, But Some More Than Others

Vigil to End Vietnam War - October 15, 1969. Photo by United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division By Charles DeLange, age 11 Military conscription, or the draft, was a way for the United States to keep a steady amount of troops in the military...

Women-Led Antiwar Movement of WWI

Jane Addams & fellow women delegates of the International Women’s Congress, 1915. Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 12 During World War I, young men from all over the country were drafted into the war to fight. This left many women at home,...

Antiwar Movements Throughout History: An Introduction

Eugene V. Debs, five time candidate for President, following his release from Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in 1921. Photo by Wikimedia Commons By Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 12 “... no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.”  -- Eugene V. Debs...

Brooklyn Book Bodega Believes “Books + Kids = Power”

Photo by, Annie Spratt on Unsplash By Tallulah Echtenkamp, age 11 & IndyKids staff Over 21,404 free books distributed across the city. That’s the impact the Brooklyn Book Bodega has had. A bodega is a store that sells many things. However, the Brooklyn Book Bodega...

School Shootings Still Threaten Kids. They’re Trying to Stop It.

Protesters in San Francisco. Photo by Natalie Chaney By Amedeo Max Bettauer, age 10 & IndyKids staff Every day, school buses across the country pass through metal gates, past guardhouses with uniformed police officers, and into parking lots with high fences and...

2020 Census: Why It Matters to Be Counted!

By Jesus Hernandez, age 11 Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States, and it’s happening in 2020.  The census impacts how the government distributes more than $675 billion in federal funds to communities for services like...

100 Years of Votes for Women: The Fight Continues

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 15 This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. While women went on to make U.S. political history in 2018 winning a record number of congressional seats, women...

The 1619 Project: Revealing the Truth About Slavery and Its Legacy

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 14 On a warm sunny day, New York Times journalist Nicole Hannah-Jones stands on shoreline of Old Point Comfort, Virginia, with the waves lapping beside her and the seagulls chirping above. In the first epsiode of the 1619 podcast, she pauses...

An Indigenous Peoples’ History for Young People

By: August Kaiser Age, 11 and Indykids staff Kids aren't always being taught the truth about Native American history, and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz wants this to change, so she encourages them to learn about history from resources produced by Native Americans and...

40th Anniversary of A People’s History of the United States

By Michael Warman Hirschfield, age 12 Next year is the 40th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Zinn, an activist, historian and professor, is celebrated for raising awareness of the oppressed. He highlighted the stories of people...

Mni Wiconi, Water Is Life. Why I Stand Up for Native Rights

By Aslan Tudor age 12 years old Aslan is the author of two books, Young Water Protectors and Young Native Activist. He is a citizen of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. When we arrived at the Oceti Sakowin camp, there were thousands of tents and tipis set up in front...

Children Miss Out on School as the Crisis in Jammu and Kashmir Continues

By Jesus Hernandez, age 11 and Indykids Staff Every morning, Aliya Khan, a fifth grader in Kashmir, wakes up and walks to her school. But soon she returns home, disappointed, every day, according to an article published in The New York Times, at the end of October....

President Trump Was Impeached. What Does That Mean?

By Juan Cortes, age 10 and Indykids Staff UPDATED December 19 2019 First up, it’s important to know that Congress, which is made up of members elected to represent the people, is comprised of two levels of government: the House of Representatives (also known as the...

Someday You Could Be a Lawyer and an Activist Like Tara Houska

By Lila Katch, age 14 Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She’s an attorney (lawyer) and the co-founder of Not Your Mascots, an organization dedicated to fighting against stereotypical Native representations in sports. She’s also an adviser to...

16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Named Time Person of the Year

By Indykids Staff Outraged by the lack of government action against climate change, in August 2018, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg decided to take action herself. At the time she was 15 years old, and every Friday she protested outside the Swedish parliament with...

Resolution to Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day Introduced into Congress

By Amin Adem, age 14  Representatives Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first two indigenous people to be elected to Congress, together with support from Reps. Norma Torres (D-CA), Don Young (R-AK) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), introduced a resolution on October 11,...

New Breakthrough in Recycling Batteries for Renewable Energy

By Aishwarya Vedula, age 12 and Indykids Staff As climate change continues to be a growing concern, many countries are focusing on ways to use renewable energy. A big part of renewable resources is the use of lithium-ion batteries. Though they are not only used in...

Can Disabling One Protein Lead to Cure for the Common Cold?

By Aishwarya Vedula, age 12 The common cold is a short-lasting, but potentially debilitating illness that affects millions of people in the United States every year. There’s no cure for the cold as it is caused by various viruses that use human cells to reproduce and...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Rosell Rivas

By Juan Cortes, age 10 Why did you decide to become an IndyKids reporter? Because it seemed like an interesting experience to become a journalist and be introduced to new topics that I haven’t heard about. I’ve had a lot of fun experiences, and I’ve learnt a lot,...

Who Am I?

By Orik Ehren, age 13 and IndyKids Staff I was born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, and I died on August 5, 2019, in New York. My family was part of the Great Migration, the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to urban areas in the North to...