|© Zuhur 2005|
|Zuhur, Voices of Youth member, Somaliland, age 19|
By Blue Chevigny
2 May 2005 - Voices of Youth members from around the globe get together to create newsletter about the issues they care about most.
Voices of Youth Digital Diaries are all about young people who want to know more…do more…and say more about the world. These reports are first-person/eyewitness accounts by young people from around the world.
NEW YORK, 2 May 2005 – Luciana, Jennifer, Laura, Camille, Fatima and Zuhur are hard at work inventing their own means of expression: a newsletter that will be published online through Voices of Youth.
These young people and others who are regular participants in Voices of Youth’s online chats and discussions, got together over the last few months to discuss what they could do to affect change in their communities. They “got together” online, from places as far apart as Somaliland, Romania, France, Nigeria, Morocco, and Argentina. The group has never met in person.
Frustrated that they have not been able to affect more change and to make their voices heard, they decided to publish a newsletter. To cut down on production costs and to make it more easily accessible to an unlimited audience, the newsletter will be published online.
|© Luciana 2005|
|Luciana, Voices of Youth member, Romania, age 17|
They divided up into departments: editorial, a distribution and promotion, and online administration. They also decided that each issue will have a theme, like violence or HIV and AIDS, and each member of the organizing team will get to write an article for each issue. Some will be first-person narratives, some will be interviews, and some will be research-driven articles.
They are already feeling better about their own abilities to affect change in their world. Newsletter organiser Fatima, 16 years old and in Morocco, says, “The desire to act is strong, and it’s a positive way of expressing your personality. Its very important psychologically.”
Most of all they want to inspire their readers, most likely other young people, to take action as well. “We want to make everyone awake,” says Zuhur, 19 and from Somaliland, one of the organisers of the effort. “The biggest thing that frightens me is people who do nothing.”
And Jennifer says, “Our dream is to reach every nook and cranny of the world.”
These six young people, and the many other participants in their project, are making their dreams come true by acting together. They hope to publish their first issue in the next month. Stay tuned to Voices of Youth and UNICEF Radio for more!