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...

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...