Vote Like the Kids
Thanks to a citywide volunteer effort to get 18-year-olds to the polls, they came out in record numbers last year. Now they’re taking the work statewide to keep the momentum going
Ideas We Should Steal: Universal Child Care
Massachusetts legislators are working to make their state the first to provide free, high-quality care for children. In Pennsylvania, doing so would bring more women to the workplace—and could add $6 billion to the economy
Citizens of the Week: Teens Teach Technology
The vaccine may be here, but many seniors are still feeling disconnected from loved ones. These students are helping them feel less alone.
Mindfulness for Minors
A local nonprofit has shown measurable progress in helping Philly public school students stay on track through training in an unexpected skill: meditation
A New News Narrative
A youth-led after-school media program helps young Philadelphians cover issues important to, and about, them. Are you listening, big media?
The Citizen Recommends: The COmmunity VIDeo Resiliency Project
Big Picture Alliance’s screening of youth-created films explores how the pandemic has affected young people—and the resilience they continue to show in the face of adversity
Guest Commentary: Reflections from a First-Time Voter
A Penn student looks back on a whiplash year that forced her to confront her own assumptions: How could she preach voting when she wasn’t sure she’d vote?
The Power of Snapshots
While Covid-19 has forced the closure of many after-school programs, Photography Without Borders continues to empower North Philly youth with cameras, connections—and confidence. And now, the students’ work has gone national.