YouthLearn Features

National Youth Violence Audio Contest

"Youth storytellers and artists, ages 14-25, across the US are invited to submit audio pieces to the Youth Voices Against Violence Audio Contest.  Youth Voices Against Violence is a youth-led, anti-violence campaign through at the Metrocenter YMCA in Seattle, Washington. This campaign brings youth together and equips them with media skills to propel their voices and help make a difference.

2014 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest

"Each year, the Space Foundation invites students around the world to enter their International Student Art Contest. The 2014 contest theme, "My Spaceship Looks Like...," challenges students to design their own spaceship - and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art. Entries are due by November 15, 2013, so get those entries in soon!"

Through a Young Eye: Youth Photographs

"The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ( compiled a compelling collection of photographs taken by youth. With a poignant eye to their daily lives, their cities and even the dangers of their walk to school, this collection shows that a photo really is worth a thousand words."


Referred by: SparkAction Update

Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

"What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news. The "audience" for student writing was once the lone teacher sitting after school with her cup of coffee, a red pen, and a stack of essays or other writing projects. And sadly, she might have been the only one, besides the student writers, that ever read them!

Media Literacy Website & Resource: The Critical Media Project

Looking for a resource to boost media literacy in your program?  Check out the Critical Media Project, geared towards educators interested in incorporating media literacy into their curriculum.  

They have a collection of videos and discussion prompts all designed as a way to engage youth in thinking about how media, mostly commercial media, is constructed and the kind of statements that the media is making about identity.

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