This guest post is written by Holly Epstein Ojalvo, founder and editor in chief of Kicker, which engages millennials in current events and social action.
Teens often say they want to make a difference and change the world. Yet few regularly follow the news. I think there’s a big disconnect there. How can you solve the world’s problems if you don’t know what they are?
Studies show many teens say news often makes them feel overwhelmed, confused, bored, and helpless. But what if news were presented in a way that solved those problems?
That question drove me to create Kicker, a resource to make news accessible, engaging, and actionable for teens and young adults.
On Kicker, we provide a limited number of stories, not endless updates. Each one lays out the context and the big picture – infused with compelling multimedia, like photos, videos, and tweets – in digestible, relatable ways. We also clearly explain why the story is important or even relevant to your life. And we suggest ways to take action, ranging from signing petitions to volunteering your time.
Perhaps most important of all, on Kicker we show you why “news” is really just another way of saying “life.” After all, any issue you care about – from global warming to gay rights to exploitation – is covered in the news.
We cover a wide range of events and issues, from the civil war in Syria and anti-government protests in Egypt, Turkey, and Brazil to the controversy over the Trayvon Martin case to media and tech developments like Instagram Video and Vine. And if you want to dive in deeper, just follow the links we provide.
“Before I found Kicker, I used to say that I hated news.” This is just one of many messages we’ve received from teen and young adult readers who are getting in the know with Kicker. I hope you’ll check it out and start getting up to speed so you can start making your voice heard and making a difference. Know, then go!
Holly is the founder and editor in chief of Kicker, which engages millennials in current events and social action. Previously, she was deputy editor for The New York Times Learning Network, which provides teaching and learning materials based on Times content. For more than a decade Holly was an award-winning English, journalism, and philosophy teacher at public and private high schools. Holly received her B.A. in English from Lafayette College, an M.A. in English from the University of Delaware, and an M.A. in English education from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband, daughter, and cat.