IndyKids:News for kids, by kids

IndyKids:News for kids, by kids IndyKids: A Free Paper For Kids, By Kids
An organization dedicated to publishing a progressive, multi-platform, current events and social justice news source that is produced by kids, for kids.

IndyKids was formed in 2005 by a group of independent journalists, students, parents, teachers and activists who saw the need for a progressive, ad-free news media to be presented in a way that would interest and engage young kids. Since publishing its first black and white issue in the fall of 2005, IndyKids has grown into a vital, multi-platform current events and social justice news source that is produced by kids, for kids. Today, our work encompasses the free, nationally distributed print edition of the IndyKids newspaper published five times a year, an active website with exclusive articles, interviews, podcasts, open dialogue and resources, workshops for kids to learn journalism and media literacy, and support for educators with teaching guides and classroom visits. Through our programs, we inspire a passion for social justice and learning to empower the next generation of critical thinkers, community leaders, journalists and activists and provide a space for young people to give voice to their perspectives and effectively amplify that voice.

Mission: The mission of IndyKids is to engage young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for kids. https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/12173

With Earth Day in mind, IndyKid journalist Lucia Mejia, age 12 pays homage to Honduran environmental activist and Indige...
04/22/2020
Seven Accused in Murder of Environmentalist Berta Cáceres Sentenced to Prison | IndyKids

With Earth Day in mind, IndyKid journalist Lucia Mejia, age 12 pays homage to Honduran environmental activist and Indigenous leader, Berta Cáceres, who was fatally shot in 2016. In December 2019, seven of her murderers were brought to justice.

Seven Accused in Murder of Environmentalist Berta Cáceres Sentenced to Prison Apr 22, 2020 | 0 comments Original Illustration by Emogene Cataldo By Lucia Mejia, age 12 In December 2019, seven men were sentenced to jail for the murder of activist Berta Cáceres, 44. Five of the men were sentenced to...

🚨IndyKids Spring Issue PDF now available🚨Due to school, library and community center closures, hard copies are currently...
04/08/2020

🚨IndyKids Spring Issue PDF now available🚨

Due to school, library and community center closures, hard copies are currently available only as a subscription. IndyKids could use your support now more than ever, so if you would like to subscribe, and help our nonprofit in the process, head to our website for more details and we will mail a copy to your home address.

Thank you for your continued support!

Now is the perfect time to relax with a good book. Our kid journalist, Tallulah Echtenkamp, age 11, wrote about the impo...
03/30/2020
Brooklyn Book Bodega Believes “Books + Kids = Power” | IndyKids

Now is the perfect time to relax with a good book. Our kid journalist, Tallulah Echtenkamp, age 11, wrote about the importance of the Brooklyn Book Bodega in the IndyKids Spring Issue.

Although all in person events are currently cancelled, they are calling on all kids to upload a video of themselves reading a story aloud to their Instagram page. So grab your favorite book and hit record. @brooklynbookbodega

Brooklyn Book Bodega Believes “Books + Kids = Power” Mar 30, 2020 | 0 comments Photo by, Annie Spratt on Unsplash By Tallulah Echtenkamp, age 11 & IndyKids staff Over 21,404 free books distributed across the city. That’s the impact the Brooklyn Book Bodega has had. A bodega is a store that sel...

Two years ago today over a million students and allies around the U.S. took to the streets demanding action on gun viole...
03/24/2020
School Shootings Still Threaten Kids. They’re Trying to Stop It. | IndyKids

Two years ago today over a million students and allies around the U.S. took to the streets demanding action on gun violence.

The March for Our Lives demonstrations were organized by surviving students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, where a former student opened fire killing 17 people on February 14, 2018.

Our kid journalist, Amedeo Max Bettauer, 10, discussed the anti-gun movements' successes as well work that still need to be done in our Spring Issue.

School Shootings Still Threaten Kids. They’re Trying to Stop It. Mar 24, 2020 | 0 comments Protesters in San Francisco. Photo by Natalie Chaney By Amedeo Max Bettauer, age 10 & IndyKids staff Every day, school buses across the country pass through metal gates, past guardhouses with uniformed polic...

Let us know how you are keeping busy and getting creative! We are accepting submissions from IndyKids past, present and ...
03/24/2020

Let us know how you are keeping busy and getting creative!
We are accepting submissions from IndyKids past, present and future under 17 years old.
Send your videos/art/songs/poems/music to [email protected]

Today the U.S. Census Bureau announced the deadline for the U.S. Census has been delayed two weeks—with the end date now...
03/20/2020
2020 Census: Why It Matters to Be Counted! | IndyKids

Today the U.S. Census Bureau announced the deadline for the U.S. Census has been delayed two weeks—with the end date now being mid August—due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our kid journalist, Jesus Hernandez, 11, covered why being counted in the Census is so important in the IndyKids Spring Issue.

2020 Census: Why It Matters to Be Counted! Mar 20, 2020 | 0 comments By Jesus Hernandez, age 11 Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States, and it’s happening in 2020. The census impacts how the government distributes more than $675 billion in federal fu...

Firstly, we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. This is a very testing time for all of us, but we are ...
03/19/2020

Firstly, we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. This is a very testing time for all of us, but we are dedicated to maintaining our support, resources and services to empower kids.
Now is a time more than ever to engage with our communities and find ways for kids to express themselves, and we hope, in the process, bring a little hope, comfort or a smile to someone else.

We are asking for submissions from our writers past, present and future any age under 17.

You might want to think about:
How has life changed over the last week?
What creative thing are you doing to keep busy?
What is something that made you smile recently?

If you are submitting a video, please keep answers under 20 secs.

We are here, we are listening and we can’t wait to hear from you!

— IndyKids

Zinn Education Project
03/19/2020
Zinn Education Project

Zinn Education Project

We're hearing from parents of elementary school age children asking for people's history resources. See the post below for a few recommendations, including IndyKids:News for kids, by kids (subscribe today). Newsela adapted some ZEP articles for 3rd grade. Find recommended picture book and more.

🚨SPRING ISSUE OUT NOW🚨http://indykids.org/100-years-of-votes-for-women-the-fight-continues/IndyKids is very excited to a...
03/18/2020

🚨SPRING ISSUE OUT NOW🚨

http://indykids.org/100-years-of-votes-for-women-the-fight-continues/

IndyKids is very excited to announce that the spring issue is now available!

Our cover story was written by kid journalist extraordinaire Dayanara Hernandez who first joined IndyKids at our CUNY summer camp last year. Dayanara is 14 years old and comes to us from Washington Heights.

Cover illustration by the incredibly talented @kitmills

Stay tuned for more articles to come!

We understand that this is difficult time for all of us, and we will be working hard to distribute this issue in order to showcase all of the kid journalists’ hard work.

Many thanks to everyone for their continued support and to those who helped make this happen.

There are still spots open in our upcoming IndyKids workshops on Saturday March 14th, Saturday March 28th and Saturday A...
03/04/2020

There are still spots open in our upcoming IndyKids workshops on Saturday March 14th, Saturday March 28th and Saturday April 4th!! This will be a unique opportunity to receive expert instruction and one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists. Sign up your 9-15 year old and learn more here: http://indykids.org/get-involved/attend-a-workshop/

Interested in writing an article for the next issue of IndyKids? Don't miss our upcoming journalism workshops on Saturda...
02/28/2020

Interested in writing an article for the next issue of IndyKids? Don't miss our upcoming journalism workshops on Saturdays March 14th, March 28th, and April 4th. http://ow.ly/shSY50yyAxo

There are open spots in our upcoming IndyKids workshops happening on Saturdays March 14th, March 28th, and April 4th! Ad...
02/26/2020

There are open spots in our upcoming IndyKids workshops happening on Saturdays March 14th, March 28th, and April 4th! Advance your writing skills with a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with professional journalists. Sign up your 9-14 year old here: http://ow.ly/gCoP50ywG6T

There are spots left in Indykids' upcoming journalism workshops! Saturdays 12pm-3pm January 25th, February 1 and Februar...
01/14/2020

There are spots left in Indykids' upcoming journalism workshops! Saturdays 12pm-3pm January 25th, February 1 and February 8. Advance your writing & analytical skills with expert instructors and one-on-one mentoring from professional journalists. Students aged 10-14 are welcome! Sign up here: http://indykids.org/get-involved/attend-a-workshop/

Check out our article,“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” –Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Jus...
01/07/2020
“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” – Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Justice | IndyKids

Check out our article,“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” –Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Justice, by 11-year-old Lucia Mejia Cardenas who highlights young activists who are not only leading the way to curb #ClimateChange but also to end the systems of oppression that enables it. #FFF

“We Can’t Eat Money or Drink Oil” – Youth on the Frontlines Fight for Climate and Environmental Justice Dec 18, 2019 | 4 comments Young people from frontline communities have been fighting for change for years, knowing that they are the hardest hit by disasters. Here students from El Puente ...

“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obe...
01/06/2020
How Is the Story of America Told? Illuminating History to Better Understand the Past, the Present and Our Future | IndyKids

“Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”-Howard Zinn. The latest Indykids highlights groundbreaking resources which reframe how history is taught so we avoid repeating past injustices http://indykids.org/how-is-the-story-of-america-told-illuminating-history-to-better-understand-the-past-the-present-and-our-future/

How Is the Story of America Told? Illuminating History to Better Understand the Past, the Present and Our Future Dec 18, 2019 | 0 comments Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Photo by Peter Pettus, Library of Congr...

“Afropunk means inclusivity, freedom to be who you are, and acceptance [of] who you are...it means celebrating your root...
10/15/2019
Afropunk: The “No Hate” Movement That Celebrates African Culture | IndyKids

“Afropunk means inclusivity, freedom to be who you are, and acceptance [of] who you are...it means celebrating your roots, and Afropunk shows that the Black Diaspora is not a monolith.” Check Out 11-year-old Samaira Bunbury's article and illustration on @afropunk - The “No Hate” Movement That Celebrates African Culture - Indykids is #news by kids, for #kids

Afropunk: The “No Hate” Movement That Celebrates African Culture Oct 2, 2019 | 0 comments AfroPunk festival. Photo by B.C. Lorio By Samaira Bunbury, age 11 Every summer, around 70,000 people of various ethnicities, shades, abilities and genders celebrate the annual Afropunk Festival. With a prog...

“The Chinese government’s forced separation of children is perhaps the cruelest element of its oppression in Xinjiang,” ...
10/08/2019
Human Rights Groups Call on China to Stop Separating Uyghur and Other Turkic Muslim Children and Return Them to Their Families | IndyKids

“The Chinese government’s forced separation of children is perhaps the cruelest element of its oppression in Xinjiang,” Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, said. “Children should be either immediately returned to the custody of relatives in China or allowed to join their parents outside the country.” Read this important article by By Clara Wong and May Mcgrath age 10 and more as part of the latest edition of Indykids news http://indykids.org/human-rights-groups-call-on-china-to-stop-separating-uyghur-and-other-turkic-muslim-children-and-return-them-to-their-families/

Human Rights Groups Call on China to Stop Separating Uyghur and Other Turkic Muslim Children and Return Them to Their Families Oct 3, 2019 | 0 comments An elementary school in Xinjiang. Photo: Smoky Shin By Clara Wong and May Mcgrath age 10 and IndyKids Staff Pronunciation for Uyghur- WEE-gor Human....

While many schools take steps to prevent bullying and safeguard the health and well-being of their students, unfortunate...
10/07/2019
“The Biggest Bully I’ve Ever Had to Deal With.” – How Congresswomen Stood Up to President Trump | IndyKids

While many schools take steps to prevent bullying and safeguard the health and well-being of their students, unfortunately, bullying isn’t just a problem in the schoolyard, but it’s an issue in many levels of society, from workplaces to families, even in the highest level of government. Read 13-year-old Hudson's article looking at the anti-bullying lessons we can take from the response to the racist attacks on congresswomen of color. #AntiBullyingPreventionMonth

“The Biggest Bully I’ve Ever Had to Deal With.” – How Congresswomen Stood Up to President Trump Oct 3, 2019 | 0 comments Rep. Ilhan Omar. Photo: Lorie Shaul By Hudson, age 13, and IndyKids Staff As students begin another year, many schools take steps to prevent bullying and safeguard the hea...

Indykids journalists spoke with Lauren Sumida, one of the members of Tsuru for Solidarity, who, with Indigenous leaders,...
09/18/2019
Indykids Podcast: The Growing Movement of Japanese Americans Protesting Immigration Detention in the U.S. | IndyKids

Indykids journalists spoke with Lauren Sumida, one of the members of Tsuru for Solidarity, who, with Indigenous leaders, immigrant rights advocates, and racial justice groups staged a peaceful protest at Fort Sill Army base in Oklahoma, in June 2019, to stand up against the proposed incarceration of 1,400 migrant children there. Listen to Lauren Sumida reflect on what being part of this movement has meant for her and her family. Indykids reporters produced this podcast as part of their summer camp.

Indykids Podcast: The Growing Movement of Japanese Americans Protesting Immigration Detention in the U.S. Sep 16, 2019 | 0 comments Thousands of Paper Cranes line the fence at Dilley Detention Center in March 2019. Photo Grassroots Leadership During WWII, the United States government incarcerated ab...

Indykids reporters Hudson, age 13 & Aisha, age 11 interviewed Ravi Ragbir from the New Sanctuary Coalition about the cha...
09/04/2019
Indykids Podcast: “You are not helpless. You are not powerless” – How these New Yorkers are Supporting and Providing Sanctuary for Immigrants | IndyKids

Indykids reporters Hudson, age 13 & Aisha, age 11 interviewed Ravi Ragbir from the New Sanctuary Coalition about the challenges facing immigrants in the U.S. today, as well as what everyday people are doing to support them - Listen to their story below! This story came out of the Indykids podcast summer camp.

Indykids Podcast: “You are not helpless. You are not powerless” – How these New Yorkers are Supporting and Providing Sanctuary for Immigrants Sep 4, 2019 | 0 comments Ravi Ragbir, director of the New Sanctuary Coalition – Thousands of advocates, activists and community members flooded the st...

“It’s like someone has taken a part of my heart that was there for a long, long time.” Indykids journalists Aisha, Juan ...
08/09/2019
Indykids Podcast: “If I were you, I would not want to be me”- An 11-year-old shares with his peers the impact ICE had on separating his family | IndyKids

“It’s like someone has taken a part of my heart that was there for a long, long time.” Indykids journalists Aisha, Juan and Gibran speak with Victor about his story. Listen to their podcast. #KeepFamiliesTogether

Indykids Podcast: “If I were you, I would not want to be me”- An 11-year-old shares with his peers the impact ICE had on separating his family Aug 9, 2019 | 0 comments Indykids reporters Aisha Tabala, Juan Cortes and Gibran Freilla Williams share with Victor their stories published in the Indyki...

Youth First Initiative
06/25/2019
Youth First Initiative

Youth First Initiative

Youth justice for and by youth! Check out our own Hernán Carvente Martinez on the UN International School's IndyKids:News for kids, by kids podcast.

“We don’t think about the experiences our young people go through before they come into contact with the system.” #NoKidsInPrison

Does your child have a curious mind? Do they love reading and writing? Sign up for Indykids Journalism #SummerCamp - 2 W...
06/06/2019

Does your child have a curious mind? Do they love reading and writing? Sign up for Indykids Journalism #SummerCamp - 2 Weeks of high level multimedia journalism training in a fun and supportive environment. Early bird discount ends June 30. Sign up Here http://indykids.org/get-involved/attend-a-workshop/

Check out the latest edition of Indykids, from press freedom, to how the Equality Act will ban discrimination against LG...
05/28/2019

Check out the latest edition of Indykids, from press freedom, to how the Equality Act will ban discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in the U.S. as well local efforts to address the water crisis in Navajo Nation, these young reporters highlight important perspectives on current affairs around the country and around the world. Indykids is news by kids, for kids! http://indykids.org/

From the attacks on journalism under Trump to how the Equality Act will ban discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in th...
05/22/2019

From the attacks on journalism under Trump to how the Equality Act will ban discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in the U.S.-- The lastest edition of Indykids offers great insights to social justice struggles and celebrations from around the country and around the world! As we've been told by many kids, you don't learn this stuff in school! Check out this wonderful reporting by our super talented kid reporters! http://indykids.org/

Places are filling up fast! So be sure to sign up soon to ensure a spot! Early bird discount ends May 31!
05/15/2019

Places are filling up fast! So be sure to sign up soon to ensure a spot! Early bird discount ends May 31!

Indykids is excited to announce our Summer Camp program! This year we are offering two courses, Writing the News and Aud...
05/08/2019

Indykids is excited to announce our Summer Camp program! This year we are offering two courses, Writing the News and Audio Production. You can sign up for one or both weeks. To sign up or for more information please email [email protected] or visit indykids.org - Indykids is news by kids for kids!

There are still a few places left in IndyKids Spring workshops! So sign up fast!! We are building the next generation of...
04/24/2019

There are still a few places left in IndyKids Spring workshops! So sign up fast!! We are building the next generation of journalists, critical thinkers and storytellers! NYC workshops May 4-June 1st. Indykids is social justice news by kids, for kids! Register here: http://indykids.org/get-involved/attend-a-workshop/

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Hello IndyKids! We wanted to let you know that InsideClimate News is launching a new 3-week summer program for teenagers on environmental journalism. We thought many of your teen authors might be interested to join us. We are currently accepting applications and scholarships are available. Here is more information: https://insideclimatenews.org/institute-for-environmental-journalism