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...

The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Is One of the World’s Rarest Turtles

By Esteban Guerra, Age 8 The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world’s rarest turtles. The Yangtze is native to eastern and southern China and northern Vietnam. It is also known by the names of Red River giant softshell turtle, the Shanghai softshell...

The Protest Movement Calling for an End to the War in Vietnam

By Aisha Tabala, Age 11 The Vietnam War began on November 1, 1955. The United States started sending troops to South Vietnam in 1965 to fight the Viet Cong, the pro-North force in South Vietnam, which was armed by North Vietnam and supported by the communist nations,...

Muhammad Ali’s Fight for Peace and Justice

By Gibran Freilla Williams, age 8 and Anand Jaureguilorda, age 15  Muhammad Ali was a boxer who died in 2016 at the age of 74. He was a three-time heavyweight champion and gold medallist in the 1960 Olympics for boxing. But he was also an activist who fought for civil...

The Stonewall Uprising

By Ella Marnin age 10  The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising was on June 28. The uprising started when police raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village, New York. Back then, bartenders used to refuse to serve gay people. Some places...

Trump Pushes to Allow Oil Drilling in the Pristine Arctic Wildlife Refuge

By Jesus Hernandez, Age 11 The Trump administration wants to allow companies to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), home to the largest untapped oil reserves in the United States, by the end of 2019. The Bureau of Land Management...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter, Samaira Bunbury

By Onika Ehren, age 12 Samaira is a creative and inquisitive 12-year-old journalist who has been writing for IndyKids since the IndyKids Summer Camp 2018. In addition to writing articles, she has also designed political cartoons and produced a podcast looking at...

New NYC Styrofoam Ban Will Help Reduce Climate Change and Plastic Waste

By Aishwarya Vedula, age 12 Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by products made of plastic. This is a huge problem for our environment because these materials contribute both to littering the ocean and the earth, as well as to climate change. According to the science...

Afropunk: The “No Hate” Movement That Celebrates African Culture

By Samaira Bunbury, age 11 Every summer, around 70,000 people of various ethnicities, shades, abilities and genders celebrate the annual Afropunk Festival. With a program full of dance, music, film and fashion, it’s an all-arts festival that embraces African-centric...

News Briefs for Climate Week

World Leaders Meet in NYC for U.N. Climate Summit by IndyKids Staff On September 23, world leaders met in New York City to attend a special United Nations summit on climate change. The summit aimed to put in place realistic plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by...

Seesaws Unite Children Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

By Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 11 Three neon pink seesaws were installed through the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, July 28, for about 30 minutes, with the intent to gather kids of all ages to have fun, to be happy and to have conversations across the border — a border...

New Report Reveals Child Labor on U.S. Farms

By Dayanara Hernandez, age 14  A recent article by Karen Coates and Valeria Fernández published in Pacific Standard, “The Young Hands That Feed Us,” revealed the hidden reality of child labor in the United States. A 2014 Childhood Agricultural Injury Survey estimated...

Someday You Could Be a Scientist Like Sajan Saini

By Ben Wakley, age 12 Sajan Saini is a scientist and professor who specializes in photonics, a special technology that manipulates or changes light for different purposes. He received his doctoral degree in materials science at MIT in 2004 and has worked with the MIT...

Who Am I?

By  Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 11 Former President Barack Obama thought of me as “the Godmother of the civil rights movement.” I was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 24, 1912. I was raised by my mother, Fanny, who was a nurse, and my father, James, who was a building...

Getting Wild With… The Jaguar

Habitat Loss Threatens the Mighty Jaguars  By Leah Romero, age 9 The jaguar is a magnificent feline that conservation groups say will face extinction in the near future unless humans change their behavior now. The word “jaguar” comes from the indigenous Tupian word...

Under Attack: The Press in the Era of Trump

By Finn Tenzin Hamre-Myers, Age, 14 Attacks on the media have become commonplace under the leadership of President Donald Trump and have become a signature part of his administration. Insults such as “fake news,” “enemy of the people” and “failing” are used to...

Equal Pay Day Highlights the Gender Pay Gap

By NYLA ALCANTARA 11 years old   Equal Pay Day started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). It is a day that highlights the issue of unequal pay between men and women. This issue is called the gender pay gap because of the difference between what...

It Was Just a Normal Day at School. Then an Immigration Truck Showed Up

By Yael Mora, age 11   On a Thursday in early March, I was in math class listening to my teacher, Mr. Cheesman, give a lesson on how to convert mass, weights and volume. Then, at lunch, I played chicken with my friends. It was just a regular day at my school, P.S....

New York City Passes Its Own Green New Deal

By Indykids Staff New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new and ambitious plan for the city to do its part to reduce global warming and climate change. The Climate Mobilization Act, which comes into effect May 17, aims to enact the largest carbon reduction...