Mentoring Begins, Plus a Visit from Rachel Skerritt!

October: Falling leaves, apples, and the beginning of Teen Voices’ fall program! We just finished our first week of mentoring, so all our teen editors have met their mentors and are already hard at work researching their article topics. We have 11 mentoring groups working on magazine features, and they turned in their great article proposals to Jessica yesterday!

Here are some of the great pieces that are in the works. Mentor Brittany and her teen editors Ajané, Sabrina I., and Bria are working on an article about sex trafficking. Kat is working with Malisa, Laurén, and Tekeisha on celeb fashion and how it influences teen girls. Mentor Julia is working with Sasha, Ariana, and Denesha to research ways for teen girls to keep their online personas on the up and up. Carling’s group—Antoinise, Kassandra, and Arismar—is thinking about how to write the most effective college application essays. Mentor Tarra is going to tackle stereotypes, along with Lynn, Talia, and Paige.

Reynelle, Mia, and Shirelle, along with mentor Jeanette, are gathering great advice on sexual assault for our Dear D column. If you have any questions about sexual assault, we want to hear them – email us at We won’t use your name or any identifying details. We always love to hear from Teen Voices readers, especially when we have a chance to help them out.

We can’t wait to see all these articles come together!

We’re also excited about this afternoon’s workshop with Boston author Rachel Skerritt. She’s coming to talk to our teen editors about how she got started as a writer, and she’s going to share an excerpt from one of her books and lead the teens in a writing exercise. We can’t wait!

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One response to “Mentoring Begins, Plus a Visit from Rachel Skerritt!

  1. Anna-Catherine Brigida

    This is Anna-Cat, plt at Teen Voices. Although I am sad that I am not mentoring anymore, I love hearing about the teen editor’s articles. I was just talking to Sasha, in the Online Persona group, about her feature and she said they have basically finished! Teen editor Stephanie, in the Media Watch Section, also told me that her feature about different gender and races of teachers in movies such as Freedom Writers, is coming along.
    As for our workshop with Rachel, it was great! She is really down to earth, and a great writer. She gave us some insight on what it is like to be a writer, and shared one of her short story with us that had us on the edge of our seats! The Fall session is going smoothly so far.

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