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Gender Equality
Grade 10

Ending Sexual Violence

Hello, my name is Kiera Lyles and I am in 9th grade at Cesar Chavez Parkside High School. Did you know that over 400,000 women and girls are victims of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States? I want to live in a world where women and girls are not getting sexually […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 10

Child Marriage

Hello, my name is Destiny Hardy a 10th grader from McKinley Tech, and my topic is child marriage. Do you have a child under the age of 18? Now, how would you like to attend their wedding this year? Approximately 12 million girls are married before they turn 18 every year; underaged girls – like […]

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Government
Grade 10

U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Hello, my name is Cristian Cardona, and I am a sophomore at Banneker High School! Foreign Policy is often overlooked in politics, and we have to address the cases where we are hurting rather than helping. As an American citizen and a person with political aspirations, I want to see change, especially in our international […]

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Gender Equality
Grade 7

The Problem of Domestic Violence

Greetings, my name is Brizel Martinez Cruz and today we will be addressing domestic violence against women. Imagine your husband entering your home immediately abusing you and, if your children dare to interfere, they get abused as well. This is what my grandma faced almost all her life. My grandma faced this situation because of […]

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Education
Grade 7

How ESSA Affects Students

My name is Christopher Nelson from Mary McLeod Bethune and I think our federal education policy (FEP) is stunting students growth. Do you have someone you care about: a friend, a family member that you want the best for, like I want the best for my autistic brother? I found previous education policies such as […]

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Healthcare
Grade 8

Fighting the Pandemic

At this moment, we are in a crisis. This includes me. COVID-19 has shut off my family’s source of income, we are now reliant on the money we already have. I am just one person affected by this virus, many are suffering more. This crisis has worsened due to the spread of misinformation. Informing ourselves […]

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Environment
Grade 8

The Deforestation of Our Environment

The environment is one of the most important resources to help us survive. It gives us a home and food. Deforestation is causing great damage to the environment. In order to tackle deforestation countries should ban deforestation and give scholarships to students that plant 150 trees to restore the number of trees and reduce the […]

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Justice System
Grade 11

Racial Bias in the Criminal Justice System

In the year 2013, I was nine years old watching the Treyvon Martin vs George Zimmerman case in my living room hoping that Zimmerman would be found guilty. I believed that Zimmerman would be found guilty because, in the innocent mind of mine, I always thought the justice system implemented laws that viewed every individual […]

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Government
Grade 7

How US Intervention Leads to Refugees

Have you heard of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the 7-year-old girl who died of dehydration in the custody of border patrol? A White House official said that the Trump administration was not responsible for her death, and they blamed her father for bringing her across the border. But the US government has played a huge role […]

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Education
Grade 10

More Than A Statistic

Another day. Just another day in the life of me. My name is…well that’s not that important. What’s more important is my story, just one out of millions of kids like me. See, I didn’t grow up in a rich area, Syria is where I’m from. A civil war has been raging here for a […]

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Mental Health
Grade 10

Mental Health in the Black Community

According to the US Census Bureau’s 2017 data, approximately 325.7 million people live in America, and an estimated 47.4 million of those people are African American. Black people make up about 14 percent of the population and 16 percent have a diagnosable mental illness (NAMI). Yet not only is there a stigma around mental illness […]

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Bullying
Grade 10

LGBTQ Bullying

Did you know almost 34% of LGBTQ youth are bullied on school property? 28% of LGBTQ youth are bullied through social media. 13% of LGBTQ students do not show up to school for safety concerns. This topic impacts me personally because I am a part of the LGBTQ community and I want to put a […]

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