Center Spread: The State of U.S. Immigration

Root Causes of Mass Immigration By Malcolm Peterson, age 10 More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the United States each year, according to the Pew Research Center. There are many reasons people choose or are forced to leave their home countries, including lack of...

Someday You Could Be… Sara Saedi

Interview By Raya El-Hajjar, age 13 Sara Saedi was born in Tehran, Iran, during wartime and an Islamic Revolution. Her parents fled to the United States, where they lived undocumented until Saedi was in her twenties. Saedi is the author of the memoir, Americanized:...

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Hits Back at Police Brutality

By Samaria Bunburry, age 14 Following nationwide protests after the murder of unarmed Black man, George Floyd, the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March this year. The legislation aims to reduce the number of Black victims...

Breaking News: Federal Judge Rules DACA “Illegal”

By IndyKids Staff The Dreamers’ future is once again under threat this month after Andrew Hanen, a Texas federal judge, ruled  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unconstitutional. DACA, an initiative created in 2012 by then-President Obama,...

Breaking News: Bootleg Fire Becomes Nation’s Largest Wildfire

By IndyKids Staff Having already scorched over 350,000 acres⁠—an area larger than Los Angeles⁠—the Oregon wildfire has now become the largest burning in the United States this year. Named after the nearby Bootleg Spring, the fire began on July 6 and has now forced...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Arnay Agarwal, age 12

By Aida El-Hajjar, age 11 Arnay Agarwal is a 12-year-old published author, radio host, founder of the Storytelling Society of India and IndyKids journalist from Bangalore, India. Aida: How and when did you develop your passion for writing? Arnay: I think I was born...

Science Brief: New Ozzy Dino Discovery Breaks Record

By Amelie Kokolios aged 10 and Siena Kokolios aged 8 Palaeontologists, scientists who study dinosaurs, have recently recognized a new species of dinosaur that’s the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Australotitan cooperensis, nicknamed Cooper,...

News Brief: House Votes to Restrict Travel Bans

By Stella Tomasello, age 10 The House of Representatives passed the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act in April by a vote of 218 to 208. The aim was to limit the power the president could exercise over immigration on the basis of...

News Brief: India Endures Another COVID Crisis

By Aida El-Hajjar, age 11 India reported 4,529 deaths in 24 hours, setting a new world record for daily coronavirus deaths on May 19, 2021. When the first wave of the COVID-19 virus hit, the Indian government responded quickly and strictly, putting India among...

Quiz: Who Am I?

By Esteban Guerra, age 9 I was born on May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles, California.  I graduated from Stanford University in California, with a degree in physics.  In 1978, I was one of six women to work for NASA. In 1983, I became the first American woman to fly in...

Getting Wild With… Seahorses!

By Azul Casiquez, age 9 and IndyKids Staff There are 46 different species of seahorses. These strange looking creatures range in size from 0.6 inches up to 14 inches long. Although they live in the sea, seahorses are poor swimmers. They live in shallow ocean areas,...

States Move to Ban Trans Kids From Sports

By Sami El-Hajjar, age 11 Republicans in Idaho, and others in primarily conservative states, have been targeting trans youth. Idaho and several other states have been pushing bills and legislation that prohibit trans youth athletes from competing on teams that...

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Center Spread: Climate Change, Should We Be Afraid?

Angel Guzman, age 10 and IndyKids staff Have you noticed a change in the weather, the oceans rising and melting glaciers? This is all because of climate change.  The recent results of the biggest climate poll ever conducted by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)...

Center Spread: Humanity Is Killing Its Co-tenants

By Orik Ehren, age 15 Climate change is one of the most intimidating beasts that humanity has ever faced. Its multifaceted nature combined with a lack of human attention results in a force that spells the demise of an ignorant race and the species with which it shares...

Center Spread: Climate Change Is Going to Cost Us Big Time

By Nicolle Berroa, age 13 and IndyKids Staff Winter Storm Uri hit Texas in February and caught everyone off guard. The unusually bitter cold weather put a massive strain on energy demand and available electricity as the infrastructure around natural gas, coal, nuclear...

Who Am I?

By Zaynab Latheef , age 8 I was born on April 9, 1921, in Hampton, Virginia. I graduated from Hampton Institute with a dual degree in mathematics and physical science. I became a teacher and helped kids to build their own wind tunnels to conduct experiments. In 1951,...

Getting Wild With… The Endangered Blakiston’s Fish Owl

By Mila Lemoine, age 9 The Blakiston’s fish owl measures 60 to 72 centimeters in length, making it the largest owl in the world. The Blakiston’s fish owl lives in the riparian woodlands of Asia and Russia. These owls nest in large, old trees near rivers, lakes and...

New York City Mayoral Races

Hudson Mu, age 14 In 2021, New York City will elect a new comptroller, at least four new borough presidents, and because of term limits, there will be an almost entirely new City Council. But the most competitive, expensive and crowded race will surely be for mayor....

Why Youth Activism Cannot End with a Biden Presidency

By Nicolle Berroa, age 14 and IndyKids staff Trump is out and Biden is the new president, but the activism that got us here shouldn’t be over. After George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in May 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement gained considerable momentum....

Science Brief: World’s First Underwater Youth Climate Protest

Zahra Latheef, age 11 In early March, Shaama Sandooyea took a deep breath and plunged into the western Indian Ocean in the first-ever underwater youth climate protest. Holding a “Youth Strike for Climate” placard right above the world’s largest seagrass meadow, the...

News Brief: Hate Crimes Still Plaguing Asian American Communities

Jessie Mitnick, age 13 On March 16, 2021, a devastating shooting took place in Atlanta. The attack left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a sharp rise in anti-Asian attacks, largely fueled by former...

Class of COVID-19: The Pandemic of Missing Students

By Khadija Hasan, age 12 Thousands of students have been missing from school in the United States, attending neither in-person nor online classes, according to ABC News. Students are facing countless issues with their virtual classrooms. Many have been completely...

Hotels for the Unhoused

By Zahra Latheef, age 11 The Austin City Council voted in January to buy rundown hotels to house the Texas city’s unhoused population. Many people were unhoused in Austin even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The vote to purchase the first hotel was unanimously...

The Insurrection: A Turning Point for the U.S.? 

By Raya ElHajjar, age 13 and IndyKids staff The morning of Jan. 6 began with crowds of Trump supporters flooding Washington, D.C., in anticipation of the then-president's speech. During the rally, Trump urged his followers to “fight like h***” against what he called a...

Someday You Could Be… Amy Goodman

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 13 Amy Goodman is an award-winning journalist, investigative reporter, human rights activist and host of Democracy Now! for the last 25 years. IndyKid reporter Lucia met with Amy to discuss her career and legacy as a social justice...

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...

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Personal Report: The Challenges of Educating During a Pandemic

By Arnay Agarwal, Age 12 & IndyKids Staff 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...

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....