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...

Trump Orders Missile Strikes in Syria

IndyKids' Staff   On Saturday, April 14, President Trump ordered missile strikes against Syria. In a televised announcement, the president claimed that the strikes were meant to be retaliation against chemical weapons used by the Syrian government. Critics of the...

Puerto Rico Experiences Island-wide Power Outage

IndyKids' Staff   On Wednesday, April 18, the power grid across the entire island of Puerto Rico went dark. With the power grid already damaged by Hurricane Maria in September last year, leaving some residents without power for months, the prolonged power outage...

Cloud Seeding in China

Tseday Williams, age 10, and Indykids Staff   Researchers in China are looking to solve water shortages by using rain machines. To create rainfall, the machines burn a chemical fuel to produce silver iodide particles. Once it reaches the atmosphere, the silver...

Water Resources in Cape Town Continue to Dry Up

Naasir M Favors, age 10, and Miles Mathieu, age 8   In Cape Town, 3.78 million people are running out of water. A drought that started in 2015, with a lack of rain and high temperatures, has turned into a crisis. The city has declared May 11 as Day Zero, when its...

Children’s Creativity Decreases With Age

Amzad Ali, age 14   A new study by NASA shows that as we get older, our creativity fades slowly. The study by NASA states that we are born practically creative geniuses. However, going to school diminishes our natural creativity. NASA had developed a test to give...

Word Scramble

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Caitlin’s Easy, Three Bean-y Salad Recipe

IndyKids' Staff Can you believe it’s spring already? Neither can we since it keeps snowing on us here at IndyKids headquarters in New York City! In hopes of sunnier weather to come, we thought we’d share one of our favorite picnic recipes. It’s super easy to make and...

Who am I?

Tseday Williams, age 9, and Cristen Baldwin, age 9   I was an activist who began my advocacy work in 2014. I advocated for police reform, focusing on reducing the amount of excessive force by police officers during an arrest. I began my advocacy work after my...

Getting Wild With… The Wallace’s Flying Frog

Miles Mathieu, age 8   The Wallace’s flying frog is a kind of frog whose unique body structure allows it to fly by gliding. It can be found in the tropical jungles of Malaysia and Borneo living in tall trees. Their feet are webbed with loose skin, called a...

Someday You Could Be An Archivist Like Brendan Allen

By IndyKids Staff   IndyKids:  How would you describe your job? How long have you been doing it for? Brendan Allen: I've been at  Democracy Now! since 2011, and before starting here I worked as an audiovisual archivist for UNICEF, PBS and Black Entertainment...

Meet IndyKids Reporter: Gigi Kriegsmann

By Izzy Weitzman, Age 12   Izzy Weitzman: What made you decide to do IndyKids? How do you like it? Gigi Kriegsmann: I decided to do IndyKids because I did a workshop through something called 826NYC. I also really love writing articles for IndyKids. I like that...

Meet the Children Fighting for the Future of Healthcare Laws

By AMZAD ALI, Age 14, and IndyKids Staff   Last June, when Republicans announced efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and slash funding for Medicaid, many families were devastated. That’s when a group of families and friends joined together to create a...

Gerrymander 5K Exposes a Problem of Long Division

By Tseday Williams, Kennedy Salley, and Shiloh Giddings, All Age 9   "I've never run a race with so many twists and turns," said an out-of-breath local resident named Matt, after completing the slightly more than five-kilometer Gerrymander 5K race in Asheville,...

Poach an Egg, Not a Rhino

By Esayah Edghill, Age 10, and Xavia Edghill, Age 9   South African rhinos are currently facing the peril of poachers, who desire to kill the creatures and sell the body parts. However, some women in South Africa, called the Black Mambas, are working to stop this...

Dutch Company Rolling Out Plastic Roads

By Audren Hedges Duroy, Age 11   In 2016, France launched the world’s first solar panel road. Who knew plastic roads would be next? Dutch company VolkerWessels is creating eco-friendly roads composed entirely of plastic. Designed to last three times as long as...

Chinatown Art Brigade Confronts Racist Exhibit

By Sabat Ali, Age 11, and IndyKids Staff   The Omer Fast exhibit at the James Cohan Gallery in New York’s Chinatown in September and October last year was met with outrage and protest from the community.  Fast, who came to the United States as an immigrant in his...

Government Shutdown

By IndyKids Staff   On January 22, 2018, the federal government reopened after a three-day-long shutdown. When Republicans and Democrats in the Senate could not come to an agreement over immigration, they let the budget for the government run out. Non-essential...

FEMA Will Stay in Puerto RIco

By IndyKids Staff   The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) quickly reversed its decision to stop providing food and water supplies to Puerto Rico after strong public outcry. In an interview with NPR, the agency signaled that it believed the emergency...

What Will Puerto Rico Decide to Do?

By IndyKids Staff   In late January this year, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that he planned to sell the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to private companies. Even though PREPA is the largest public utility company in the US,...

Finland Puts Its Forests to Use

By Amzad Ali, Age 14   Finland is located in Northern Europe, and 76 percent of the country’s land is wooded. Finland’s forestry industry creates energy by burning wood, which is also known as biomass. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide, which is harmful to the...

The Wind Beneath Denmark’s Wings

By CRISTEN BALDWIN AND TORY COOPER-JONES, age 9   Today, Denmark gets 40% of its power from wind, and the country has a big goal of not using any fossil fuels by the year 2050. The country also has a short-term goal to generate 50% of its power from wind during...

Word Search (January/February 2018)

Find keywords from the January/February 2018 IndyKids issue!   Word bank: Archivist Batteries Bobsled Black liquor Congress Earthworms FEMA Gentrification Geothermal energy Gerrymander Lobbyist Lyme Disease Net Neutrality Plastic roads Poachers Pyramid Solar...

Iceland Taps Into Its Natural Resources

By Sabat Ali, Age 11     Iceland has become a world leader in the use of geothermal power and other forms of clean, renewable energy. Its location above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is what makes the island a good candidate for geothermal power. Geothermal power...

Doing More Than Nothing: International Responses to Gun Violence

By Sophie J Paiva, Age 9, Naasir M Favors, Age 10, and IndyKids Staff   In 2017, there were 346 mass shootings reported in the United States. According to a Quinnipiac University poll in November last year, 95 percent of American voters support universal...

Solar Power, Storage, and Solutions in Kauai

By Marianne Nacanaynay, age 15 Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, and almost 50 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources, including solar power. During the day, Kauai produces more than enough energy from solar and keeps the excess for evenings and...

Battery Farms in California

By Tory Cooper-Jones and Cristen Baldwin, Ages 9   Ontario, California moves towards clean energy by using a solar powered battery farm by Tesla instead of peaker plants. A massive gas leak at Aliso Canyon’s peaker plant forced thousands of nearby residents to...

Microgrid on a Sunny Samoan Island

By Abiyana E. Moore, Age 8   Ta'u is a very small island that is part of American Samoa. The island is located in a warm region in the South Pacific Ocean. Because of Ta'u's warm climate and exposure to sun rays the island is an ideal candidate for solar panels,...

Fiji Hosts COP23

By Tseday Williams Age 8 and Miles Mathieu Age 9   On November 13-14, nearly 200 countries met in Bonn, Germany for the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in order to finalize the rules of the 2015 Paris Agreement Fiji was the official host of the COP23 summit...

Could Puerto Rico Embrace Clean Energy?

By Abiyana E. Moore, Age 8   The island of Puerto Rico was struck by a category 4 hurricane in September of 2017, which destroyed the country’s power grid and left the 90% of the population without electricity. Four months later, one-third of the island is still...

Yance Ford Nominated for Academy Award

By IndyKids Staff On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Yance Ford became the first trans director to be nominated for an Academy Award, also known as the Oscars. Ford’s documentary, titled “Strong Island,” is about his own family in the aftermath of his brother’s murder in...

Is This The End of The Internet As We Know It?

By IndyKids Staff On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), voted to roll back Obama-era rules concerning net neutrality.  Net neutrality is the idea that all data on the internet must be treated equally.  It’s also known as the “open...

Nigeria Goes to the Winter Olympics

By Onika Efren, Age 10 Nigeria has never been in the Winter Olympics, until now.  Later this month, Nigeria’s women’s bobsled team will be headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. It will be the first African bobsled team in...

Getting Wild with the Florida Panther

By Paige Johnson, Age 9, and Esayah Edghill Age 10 Florida panthers are one of the most endangered species on Earth and live in South Florida. They live in hardwood forests and swamps. Florida panthers are born with spots and blue eyes. As they grow, the spots fade...

No Bake Hazelnut and Chocolate Crispy Treats

By IndyKids Staff Ingredients: ½ cup NutellaⓇ or vegan hazelnut and chocolate spread 2 ½ oz semi-sweet chocolate 9 cups puffed rice cereal, cornflakes, or trail mix Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Break up your crispy rice, cornflakes, or trail mix of choice...

Nutella

By Lucas Fleischmann, Age 14 Nutella O’ Nutella, where can I start? Thy, taste leaves me to run to you like a dart. Your scent leaves my mouth watering and my stomach craving. But I cannot share what I am saving. Of thee, I think during times of sorrow which leaves me...

Lyme Disease on the Rise

By Orik Erin, Age 11, and IndyKids Staff   Last spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), named Lyme disease as one of the indicators of climate change. That’s because the range of the black-legged tick, which carries the bacteria that causes Lyme...

Mars-worms

By Miles Mathieu, Age 8, and IndyKids Staff   Scientists at the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands were surprised to discover that earthworms have the potential to thrive in Martian soil. For the study, the researchers purchased...

Secrets of the Great Pyramid

By CRISTEN BALDWIN AND TORY COOPER-JONES, Age 9, and IndyKids Staff   In November of 2017, scientists have discovered a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The pyramid is a royal tomb from 4,500 years ago. Some experts think the chamber is just...

The Clash at Charlottesville

By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 14 and SOPHIA ROTHMAN, age 14 Candlelight vigil held on August 13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to show solidarity with the counterprotestors who took a stand against hate in Charlottesville. Flickr / Fibonacci Blue On August 11, groups of...

Trump Came Along on My Summer Vacation

By Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 14 Summer came and so did the prospect of returning to Europe to visit my family. Before I left home in Ohio, my peers from across the political spectrum, warned me to “make it back in one piece.” Perhaps they were thinking about fear that...

Getting Wild With Arctic Foxes

By Bianca Bantum, age 8 Arctic foxes are mammals that live in the arctic tundra. They are canines like wolves, coyotes and dogs. Arctic foxes have fur that changes with the different seasons. In the winter, they turn white or blue-grey to blend in with the...

Meet IndyKids Reporter Lorelei Crean

By Perry Tran, age 15 Lorelei Crean, age 9, became an IndyKids reporter in July. Perry Tran: Why did you choose to write for IndyKids? Lorelei Crean: I wanted to work on my writing and perhaps get published. Was it your own decision to become an IndyKids reporter? Yes...

Someday You Could be an Astronomer like Dr. Allyson Sheffield

By IndyKids Staff Dr. Allyson Sheffield is a professor and researcher in the field of astronomy.  On August 21, she hosted a solar eclipse viewing party at LaGuardia Community College. IndyKids: How would you describe your job? Allyson Sheffield: First, it’s awesome!...

Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuit Gets Its Day in Court

By Julia Bautista, age 13 A group of youth plaintiffs who are suing the federal government over the use of fossil fuels that have a harmful effect on the environment has finally been given a court date. The unprecedented climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. United...

States Fight Against Trump Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

By Mireynna Hernandez, age 11 Thirteen U.S. states and Puerto Rico are opposing President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. “It’s hard to grasp the mortal danger that climate change represents,” California Governor Jerry Brown told the Los Angeles...

Countries React to U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

By Rida Ali, age 13 After President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement in early June, countries around the world are disappointed because of the effect its withdrawal may have globally and economically. Citing Trump’s pullout, Turkey announced...

What You Need to Know About Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

What You Need to Know About Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement By Mireynna Hernandez, age 11 Despite evidence of global climate change, the United States is in the midst of breaking with the rest of the world and leaving a landmark agreement that could have big...

James Blake Stands Against Excessive Police Force

By Elijah Moore, age 11 In 2015, James Blake, a former professional tennis player, was standing outside of a New York City hotel when he was tackled by a police officer without provocation. The officer who tackled Blake was a white man named James Frascatore. He...

Earth is on the Brink of its Sixth Mass Extinction

By Amzad Ali, age 13 A growing body of scientific research suggests that Earth is undergoing its sixth mass extinction. Mass extinction is defined as the total elimination of multiple species within a short period of time. The fifth mass extinction, over 65 million...

Sari-Sari Storybooks Celebrates Filipino Children and Culture

By Marianne Nacanaynay, age 15 Sari-Sari Storybooks will begin releasing children’s books written in the native languages of the Philippines in the United States this September.  After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, in June, it released its first three...

Electric Cars Are Taking Over

By Audren Hedges Duroy, age 11 On July 4, Volvo announced that by 2019 it will stop all production of internal combustion engines and will only sell electric and hybrid cars. The automaker’s decision aligns with the European Union’s carbon reduction targets to cut...

Lunch Debt and Shaming in Schools

By Eleanor Hedges Duroy, age 14 In recent months, schools across the United States have denied students school lunches. Instead,  they punished students who have lunch debt by throwing out their food in front of peers, provided cold small sandwiches in lieu of a hot...

DeVos Sued for Postponing Student Loan Relief

By Sabat Ali , age 11 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is currently being sued by 19 Democratic attorneys general. They want to prevent her from further delaying an Obama-era rule designed to protect student loan borrowers. Had it gone into effect on July 1, the...

Reporting in Danger

Janna Jihad Ayyad is a ten-year-old reporter who lives in the West Bank. She records videos on her camera and reports on social media about what is happening in her village.

Striking Behind Bars

Starting September 9, 2016, thousands of prisoners in over 24 states staged a labor strike demanding better living conditions and healthcare, the right to unionize and an end to what one organizing group call “slavery in America.”