Sudan’s Pro-Democracy Revolution Faces Its Next Challenge

By Indykids Staff After about four months of continued protests, the Sudanese people managed to oust President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose brutal 30-year rule was marred by corruption, war and famine in the East African nation. This is the longest-running protest...

California Moves to Ban Race-Based Hair Discrimination

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 11 On April 22, 2019, the California Senate passed a bill banning all race-based hair discrimination. What this bill essentially means is that people are no longer allowed to be denied employment, promotions or access to school because of...

Scientists Move Forest to Try to Save Monarch Butterflies

By Miette Windsor 8 years old Every year, monarch butterflies migrate from northeastern United States and Canada to hibernate in the oyamel fir trees in the mountains of Central Mexico. Over the past 20 years the number of monarch butterflies hibernating in Mexico has...

“Microplastics Are Being Found Absolutely Everywhere”

'By: Nayleen Cortes, age 10 A series of new research released this year reveals the impact that microplastics are having in the world, from oceans and rivers to now even the air because of rain. When this plastic litter, such as plastic bags, straws or bottles, breaks...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Lucia Mejia Cardenas

By Leah Romero, age 9 Lucia Mejia Cardenas is an 11-year-old IndyKids reporter who started writing for IndyKids in 2018. She has written stories on the first Native American women to be elected to the United States Congress, as well as racial discrimination with...

Mexico’s Vaquita Now on the Brink of Extinction Because of Poachers

VaquitaBy Leah Romero, age 9 The vaquita, one of Mexico’s national animals, once roamed the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, by the thousands. But now they’re endangered and close to extinction. The Mexican vaquita (a.k.a. the panda of the sea, due...

Who Am I?

By Mireynna Villar, Age 13 I was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862. I am an African-American journalist, feminist and abolitionist who became arguably the most famous black woman in America. Scroll down for the answer!        ...

News Briefs

Political and Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela Grows as U.S.-Backed Opposition Groups Push for Regime Change Venezuela's political and humanitarian crisis is worsening as the United States imposes sanctions in an effort to unseat the socialist president, Nicolás...

What Does the L.A. Teacher Strike Teach Us?

By Andrew Garcia, age 11 and Indykids Staff After a historic six-day strike, Los Angeles teachers won their demands for smaller class sizes, a nurse for every public school, a librarian for every middle and high school in the district, a six percent pay increase and a...

Black Teen Wrestler Forced to Cut His Dreadlocks

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 10 In late December 2018, Andrew Johnson, a Black teenage wrestler from New Jersey, was told that in order to participate in his match he would have to cut off his dreadlocks. Alan Maloney, a white referee, gave him 90 seconds to decide....

Tidying the Ocean with a Seabin!

By Ellinor Iversen, Age 6 The Seabin is a machine which is trying to take trash out of the sea! It was invented by two surfers in Perth, Australia. It works like a vacuum cleaner, but in the sea. This is important because all of the tiny plastics can go into coral...

SpaceX Test Fires a Rocket That Could Send Humans to Mars

By Raya el Hajjar, age 12 SpaceX is a private rocket and spacecraft company. Its goal is to get humans to Mars, the moon and beyond using reusable rockets. Right now SpaceX is working on its new engine, the Raptor, which was test-fired in Texas in early February. The...

Ingrid Silva Is Dancing Her Way to Changing the World

By  Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 11 Ingrid Silva is the First Ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and a women’s empowerment leader. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ingrid was an avid swimmer, with aspirations to swim professionally. However, this changed, at 8...

JR Challenges Borders Through Street Art

By Izzy Weitzman, Age 13 JR is one of the most influential street artists in the world, known for using his art as a medium to advocate for social justice. He began as a graffiti artist on the streets of Paris. One day he and his friends found a camera in a subway...

Meet an IndyKids Reporter: Nylu Bridges Bernshtayn

By Omolara Falebita, age 11 Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where you’re from? I was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I am an eighth grader at the Institute for Collaborative Education. Outside of school, I skate for the Gotham Girls Junior Roller...

Someday You Could Be a Human Rights Activist Like Janvieve Williams Comrie

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 11 Janvieve Williams Comrie is an Afro-Latina activist living in the Bronx. Not only has she worked with several human rights organizations, including the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Regional Office for Central America,...

Getting Wild with the Leatherback Turtle

By Nicolle Berroa, age 11 Leatherback sea turtles are one of the world’s largest pelagic turtles found in the open ocean. The thousands of tiny bone plates on its back gives it its leathery look. They are an endangered and vulnerable species due to coastal habitat...

Who Am I?

By Arek Lambert, Age 11 I was born on December 13, 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Georgianna Ross Baker and Blake Baker. I had two brothers, Prince Baker and Blake Curtis Baker, and one sister, Margaret Odessa Baker. I was a civil rights activist. I was one of the...

I Can’t Fly

By Omolara Falebita age, 11 Donald trump is trying to pass unjust laws and terrorize America by flying without anything holding him back. However, there are multiple things keeping him from doing that. For example, the system of checks and balances, the courts, the...

Youth Climate Lawsuit in Limbo as the U.S. Government Puts Up Roadblocks

By Sophia Rothman, age 14 In 2015, 21 young people filed a lawsuit (Juliana et al. v. United States) against the U.S. government. Their goal? To force the government to do more in the fight against climate change. These young plaintiffs are claiming that the...

California Monarch Butterfly Population Down 86 Percent in 2018

Each fall, thousands of monarch butterflies travel from their summer homes in the northern U.S. and Canada to their winter homes in California and Mexico. But when scientists did the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count in November 2018, they found that the...

Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in Congress

As Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in 2019, they have elected Representative Nancy Pelosi of California as speaker, returning her the honor of being the first woman ever to hold the post, after eight years of Republicans controlling the House....

The War in Yemen Is the World’s Worst Man-Made Humanitarian Disaster

By Talia Haveshush, age 9and Indykids Staff  The United Nations says the war in Yemen is the world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster. The political divisions within Yemen are complex, but the conflict has essentially become a “proxy war” between Iran (who support...

Who Is Jair Bolsonaro and Why Is He Called the “Trump of Brazil”?

By Lukas Azcurrain age: 12 and Indykids staff Jair Bolsonaro is the new president of Brazil. With strong backing from the military,  leaders of evangelical religious groups and the right-wing establishment, he is raising concerns about the future of civil liberties,...

Poverty, Instability and U.S Foreign Policy Helped Create the Migrant Caravan

By Rene Emmanuel Ambroise, Age 10                                                                                                                                                        There is a migrant caravan made up of around 7,000 people on its way from Central...

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Ilhan Omar By Onika Ehren, age 11 and Indykids team Ilhan Omar's journey to politics was not very easy. Her family fled the civil war in Somalia and went to a refugee camp in Kenya before finally migrating to the United States. Omar wants to rebel against the politics...

Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 10 Debra Haaland Debra Haaland ran for Congress representing New Mexico and is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. She was inspired to do so by her hard-working and dedicated grandmother. Her grandmother sparked a light in Haaland and...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley

By Samaira Bunbury, age 11 Ayanna Pressley Who is Ayanna Pressley? Well, she was a senior aide to Congressmember Joseph Kennedy and political director to Senator John Kerry, before becoming the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009....

Record Number of Women Are Sworn In to U.S. Congress

By Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 15 In the 2018 midterm elections*, a record-breaking number of women were elected to the United States Congress, and this month, they were officially sworn in. Midterm elections are often significant because they can change the balance of...

Kids Doing Their Bit to Reduce Waste and Reduce Climate Change

By Orik Ehren age 13 years Though some, including U.S. President Donald Trump, might scoff at climate change, scientists predict it will cause catastrophic devastation to people and the planet in the not too distant future, if we don’t take significant actions to...

I Am Raised by Two Dads, and I Am the Same as Any Other Kid

By William Lepow-Beauregard, Age 9 The other day, I watched It with my parents—we were really scared. The following week, we went out for dinner at the Lobster Pound in my neighborhood, where we ate lobsters. The week after, we went to a parade, where we saw...

Meet IndyKids Reporter: Audren Hedges Duroy

By Jessie Mai Mitnick, age 11 Audren Hedges Duroy is a 12-year-old IndyKids reporter who's been writing for IndyKids since 2015. Audren loves to write because he sees it as the best way to get your opinions heard. Writing also helps Audren organize his thoughts...

Someday You Could Be a Food Journalist Like Katherine Hernandez

By Omolara Falebita, age 11 Katherine Hernandez is an award-winning Afro-Latina multimedia journalist. Her stories have appeared in NPR Food, PRI’s The World, Gothamist, Edible Manhattan, Feet in 2 Worlds, Edible Brooklyn and Harlem Focus. She is currently completing...

“Deportation Separates Love”

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 10 "Deportation separates love" Mom and daughter are holding hands across the border wall.

New Robot Skins Can Make Objects and Humans Move in New and Exciting Ways

By William Lepow-Beauregard, Age 9 and Indykids Staff Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her team at Yale University have created new robot skins which allow users to turn everyday objects into robots. Kramer-Bottiglio says that if you put a robot skin on an object, “it can...

Europe Bans Single Use Plastic to Save Oceans and Fish

By Audren Hedges Duroy age 12 In October 2018 the European Parliament (EP) introduced a ban on single-use plastics like straws, disposable water bottles, and plastic cutlery. According to the EP these plastic products make up 70% of all marine litter. European nations...

RED PANDAS: Super Cute But Under Threat of Extinction

By: Abigail Romero, age 10 You may have seen the red panda—they’re very cute. But did you also know that they’re an endangered species? There are fewer than 10,000 red pandas in the wild due to habitat loss, accidental traps, zoos and poaching. Pandas are poached in...

Who am I?

By AnaLouisa Farkhondeh, age 12 I was born on November 30, 1924 in New York City. “When I die, I want to be remembered as a woman who lived in the twentieth century and who dared to be a catalyst of change. I don't want to be remembered as the first black woman who...

Indykids featured on NPR!

NPR's sports show, Only A Game featured our story on 73-year-old marathon runner, Jillian Lazaridis. For this piece Indykids teamed up with The Grandparents StoryLab - a new intergenerational storytelling project that connects New York City's youngest and oldest...

California Wildfires Exacerbated by Climate Change

By Amira Pinkston, age 12     This summer, California saw some of its worst wildfires in history, and scientists believe climate change is the cause. “California has had multi-years of drought, this is the kind of toxic combination that can create very...

The Last Straw

By Lucia Mejia Cardenas, age 10     On average, people in the United States dispose of 500 million plastic straws each day. Plastic straws and plastic utensils can’t be recycled. The biggest obstacle to recycling plastic straws is their size: they slip...

Autumn Spice Granola

By IndyKids Staff Fall is here. Get toasty with your own homemade autumn spice granola! Ingredients 4 c. rolled oats ½ tbsp. cinnamon ½ tbsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. allspice 1/8 c. flax seeds 1/8 c. sesame seeds, unhulled ¼ c. raw sunflower seeds ¼ c. raw pumpkin seeds ¼ c....

Getting Wild with the Bengal Tiger

By Zachary Wright     Bengal tigers are an endangered species due to the effects of poaching and deforestation. They can be found in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Bengal tigers are apex predators, which means they’re at the top of the food chain, but humans...

The Path to Voting Rights for 1.4 Million in Florida

By INDYKIDS STAFF   This midterm election, voters in Florida have the chance to give back voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies and who have finished their time in prison. Ten percent of all adults in the state, up to 1.4 million people, cannot...

Earthquake and Tsunami Devastate Eastern Indonesia

By INDYKIDS STAFF   On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Eastern Indonesia, generating a devastating tsunami. The national disaster agency confirmed the death toll to 1,571, with thousands more unaccounted for and over...

No Voice in America: When My Family Was Torn Apart by Deportation

By Jamya Montrevil, age 11     I began to pet the black leather seats with perky cheeks and big eyes, thinking about how I got to skip school on this windy Thursday morning. As my mom began to speed up I could hear the tires screeching. I wanted to tell her...

Meet IndyKids Reporter: Omolara Falebita

By Samaira Bunbury, age 10 Meet 11-year-old IndyKids reporter Omolara Falebita! Omolara joined IndyKids in 2016. She was determined to learn about journalism and grow to her full potential. She was tremendously eager to join a camp that would improve her proficiency...

Flight of the Dandelion

By INDYKIDS STAFF Naomi Nakayama, a plant scientist at the University of Edinburgh, was among a team of researchers trying to figure out why dandelion seeds stayed in the air so long and flew such distances, often a kilometer or more. “It’s a weird structure,”...

Plane Protester Tries to Prevent a Deportation

By August Kaiser, age 9 On July 23, a 21-year-old Swedish student activist named Elin Ersson saved an asylum seeker from being deported back to Afghanistan in Sweden’s Göteborg Landvetter airport. Ersson bought a ticket on a flight to Istanbul thinking that a...

Welcoming Refugees Through Music

By VIOLET SLOAN, age 10     A music school in New Haven, Connecticut, has been serving refugees in a unique way. Neighborhood Music School (NMS) created the “Welcome to the Neighborhood Fund.” The fund was built after a generous individual donated money...

Ear Hustle: A Podcast From The Inside

By Nazir Mobley, age 11     Earlonne Woods, who is currently serving a 31-year-to-life sentence at San Quentin State Prison, and visual artist Nigel Poor have teamed up to create Ear Hustle, a podcast that tells stories of life inside prison. “Ear Hustle” is...

What to Make of Trump’s Racist Tweets Insulting Lebron

By Jordan Peterson, age 12     President Donald Trump’s tweets insulting NBA player Lebron James’ intelligence reveal the deep racism still present in U.S politics and society. CNN journalist Don Lemon responded to this attack by saying that “referring to...

A Night of Gun Violence in Chicago

By Hale Briner, age 12   On August 4, 41 people in Chicago were shot in from Saturday through Sunday morning, five fatally. The cause of the gun violence was mostly gang involved, according to the Chicago Police Department. There are many organizations trying to...

A Long Way to Go to Support Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

By Noora  Alawadhi, age 11 and IndyKids Staff     Recently, a new law was enacted in Saudi Arabia allowing women to drive cars. The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—who granted women the right to drive—has been portrayed as a hero and advocate for...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Could Become Youngest Woman Ever in Congress

By INDYKIDS STAFF   On June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary election in the 14th congressional district in New York City, which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx. She beat out Joe Crowley, the incumbent who has been one of the most...

The Student Debt Crisis At an All Time High

By Omolara Falebita, age 11, and IndyKids Staff   In 2018 the amount of student debt in the U.S came to $1.4 trillion dollars, up from about $671 billion at the beginning of 2008. This is in part thanks to the Great Recession. After the recession, there was a...

The Change Our Students and Families Need

Teachers' Strikes Spread Across the Country in a Fight to Save Public Education By Amzad Ali, age 14 and IndyKids Staff     In late August, teachers across 15 school districts in Washington state walked out on strike for nearly two weeks at the start of the...

How Family Separation Continues Through Mass Incarceration

By Lila Katch, age 13 When looking at President Trump's decision to separate families at the border, it’s easy to pretend that something like this will never happen again. However, this ignores the millions of families across the nation that are currently unjustly...

Risking It All To Escape Violence

By Heath Briner, age 10   As of 2016, hundreds of thousands of families from Central America and across the globe have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and taken into ICE detention centers. Before crossing the border, they made a very long journey, many...

Who Am I?

By Jamya Montrevil, age 11   I was born on January 30, 1919, in beautiful Oakland, CA. In 1942, my family was put in incarceration camps because we were Japanese American. The U.S. didn’t like Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. President Franklin...

Meet Indykids Reporter: Orik Ehren

Gigi Kriegsmann, age 12   Gigi Kriegsmann: How did you hear about the IndyKids newspaper? Orik Ehren: I actually did not hear about it until my parents asked me to fill out a Google form, which cast me into this program. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed it, despite...

Someday You Could Be Philosopher like Linda Martín Alcoff

Sophia Rothman, Age 14 Linda Martín Alcoff is a professor of philosophy at Hunter University. She has written four books, the most recent being “Rape and Resistance,” which was published in 2017. Sophia Rothman: Why did you choose to become a philosopher? Linda Martín...

Live on the Scene at the Washington, DC March for Our Lives

Soledad Aguilar-Colon, age 16   On March 24, I attended the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC as the Youth Correspondent for Democracy Now!, a global news outlet. I walked around the march interviewing students, parents, and teachers from across the...

Nonnas of the World Come Together

Rida Ali, age 14   Instead of professional chefs, a restaurant on Staten Island employs grandmas, exploring the diversity of their different cultures. The restaurant, Enoteca Maria, was founded and is owned by Jody Scaravella. Scaravella opened the restaurant...

Film Brings Awareness to India’s Missing Children

Gigi Kriegsmann, age 12   The 2016 film Lion is about an unforgettable journey to a safe place, to a place you can once again call home. It is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly, a small boy living in India who gets lost after leaving home with his brother...

As Deadly as a Bullet: The Long-Range Trauma of Police Brutality

Tseday Williams age 9, Cristen Baldwin, age 9, and IndyKids Staff   In July 2014, Eric Garner was killed in an illegal chokehold by police in Staten Island, New York. His daughter, Erica, began protesting and raising awareness on police brutality and its lasting...

Mudslides Replace Wildfires in California

Sabat Ali, age 11 and IndyKids Staff   Deadly mudslides have replaced wildfires in California. The state had been stricken by a five-year drought that made conditions so dry that wildfires were difficult to control last year. When heavy rains began to fall, they...

Iceland, Britain, and Other Countries Push to Make Equal Pay a Reality

Sabat Ali, age 11, and IndyKids Staff   The British government gave companies with 250 employees or more until the end of February to submit reports about how much money men and women make at their companies. Government officials hope that these new yearly...

Students’ United Voices Are Loud and Clear

Around the country, students demand action to prevent more school shootings. Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 15   A March for Our Lives, a youth-centered movement, has taken root across the nation. Students everywhere are voicing their right to attend classes...

Will the Thaw Continue in Korea Without the Olympic Flame?

Lexy Frye Yanos, age 10, and IndyKids Staff   In February, North and South Korea marched under a “unified Korea” flag in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, an event South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a “festival and...

Teens Pre-Register to Vote in California

Cristen Baldwin, age 10, Tseday Williams, age 10, and IndyKids Staff   As of this April, more than 100,000 teenagers in California have pre-registered to vote.  California began a program in the Fall of 2016 that gave teenagers the option to have their voter...

California Raises Age for Tackle Football

Onika Efren, age 10   Assemblymember Kevin McCarty announced the “Safe Youth Football Act” on February 9th, 2018. This act aims to protect young children from brain injuries and concussions that result from playing contact football. The Safe Youth Football Act...

Canadian Doctors Protest Their Own Raises

Sahara Asher, age 11   In late February, more than 700 doctors in Quebec protested a raise in their own salaries because they believed they already made too much money. These doctors said that the money would be better distributed in the Quebec health care...

Don’t Protect Our Guns, Protect Our Children

Raleigh Bowers, age 11 In response to the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students have organized protests calling for stricter gun control laws. People are asking questions about why was it so easy for the gunman to get...

Why Isn’t Congress Passing More Preventative Laws?

Amzad Ali, age 14, and IndyKids Staff   After the February 14 school shooting at in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers in Congress began work on a bipartisan bill to improve the background check system for owning guns. The current background National Instant Criminal...

What Else is Being Done to Prevent School Shootings?

Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 15   Without stricter gun control laws to prevent deadly weapons from falling into the wrong hands, some schools are considering other alternatives to prevent school shootings. Those solutions are not without their downsides. Arming the...

What Are Current Restrictions Around Gun Ownership?

Sema Koc, age 12   Right now, citizens of the United States are being faced with mass shootings that put students’ lives at risk. When overviewing the statistics of school shootings compared to other nations, results can be shocking. Louisiana has the least...

What is the Second Amendment?

Amzad Ali, age 14 and IndyKids Staff   In December of 1791, the Second Amendment was added to the constitution to allow American citizens the right to bear arms. The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free...

Mark Zuckerberg Testifies in Front of Congress

IndyKids' Staff   On Tuesday, April 10, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, testified in front of a committee of senators. His company has been in the spotlight lately in regards to data breaches. Journalists discovered that Cambridge Analytica, the company...