One Million Kids For Equality Launches ProudYouth Online Site for Student Journalists

Published in The Seattle Lesbian.

ProudYouth.com launched this week offering LGBTQ and allied youth contributors an early introduction to journalism and an opportunity to elevate their voices around the issues that matter most in their lives.

The publication will offer youth an opportunity to cover everything from advice columns to op/eds and anything in between – including but not limited to: current events, sports, politics, art, music, movie/event reviews, exclusive stories, personal stories, as well as artistic pieces, such as poetry.

Historically, youth contributors have been few and far between in mainstream media – often being written or spoken to instead of being allowed to write or speak for themselves. This new publication aims to change that by empowering youth with all of the tools they need to share their authentic voices.

Participating youth will have access to experienced and accomplished journalists and editors to work with them on grammar, punctuation, and pulling their message together to make sure it reads as intended. As long as the story falls within ProudYouth editorial guidelines, it will run – even if it presents a less than rosy picture – no story will be altered or slanted in any way.

“I am very happy to finally have my voice elevated, and to have an outlet like ProudYouth where I can share my views, as well as discuss other young people’s views,” said Curtis Galloway, a ProudYouth Contributor and One Million Kids Board member.

“ProudYouth is a platform where LGBTQ youth, children of LGBT parents, and allies can use their voice to speak about important issues in their lives,” said Managing Editor, Theresa Volpe. “ProudYouth is unlike any publication on the media circuit today. Its approach empowers youth to express their views and, at the same time, learn important skills. The publication places tools into the hands of the people who will shape our world to come, our youth.”

One Million Kids For Equality is an organization of people working collectively to engage, educate, and empower youth with a voice around equality. We work on a broad spectrum of issues, utilizing the power of the personal story to elevate the voices of youth in our efforts to create positive change for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Learn more at onemillionkids.org.

ProudYouth is seeking additional youth and allied contributors. If you would like to write for ProudYouth, or know someone who may be interested, please email editor@proudyouth.com for more details.