Support Youth Led Journalism in United States
You can help promote literacy and careers in journalism and photojournalism, while providing a creative outlet and public voice for the youth of Issaquah and the surrounding region by supporting "The Beat" project of Ashoka Youth Venture Seattle. "The Beat" has partnered with The Issaquah Press to publish a monthly teen page in the newspaper that is written, photographed, and illustrated by youth, for youth.
Unfortunately, a very low percentage of teens in the Issaquah community (near Seattle) read the newspaper, which means not enough youth are aware of the events and news going on in the Issaquah community, or of youth their age who are passionate about activism and eager to become catalysts for change. Vice versa, the Issaquah community lacks a real understanding of what Issaquah youth care about. "The Beat" will be a great medium of communication and expression for the youth in the community. This youth-led project also hopes to challenge the stereotypical perception of youth as being apathetic and ignorant, through feature stories about teens doing great things, and hard news articles that shed light on teens’ perspectives of controversial topics.
About Ashoka Youth Venture Seattle
Partner since January, 2010
Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people aged 12-20 to start social Ventures, and is building a powerful global network of young changemakers. Since the organization was formed, Youth Venture has supported over 3,000 youth-led Venture teams, involving over 60,000 young people throughout 17 countries. In Seattle, 40 youth-led teams have been supported since establishing their presence in the Pacific Northwest in late 2007. The youth-led clubs, organizations or businesses address all areas of social need: health, environment, diversity, education, community and civic engagement.