Youth Voice Matters – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 7

Photo: High school student, Kayla, speaking at our Young Wishes event alongside Hawi and Mela

Why do young people want to speak up? In this episode, we hear from high school students about why they think their voice matters and what stands in the way of being heard. Members of our podcast team, Lindsey Lam, Sophie Ciurlik-Rittenbaum, and Hawi Abraham, share their own stories as well as how other teens wish to use their voice to express underrepresented views.

“I think the hardest challenge is people discrediting the experiences that I have. So, I hear a lot of people say, you’re only sixteen, what do you know about life? But really, youth experience a lot of things that sometimes adults forget that they experienced as youth. So I think it’s important to keep teens and youth in general in the conversation when discussing issues.”

Kayla, High School Student

This episode shares several different perspectives on why youth voice matters. We hear about the challenges people face with making a difference as a young person, as well as stories about how using your voice as a youth can lead to concrete, positive change. We see how finding and expressing your voice can be a long journey into adulthood, and why it’s so important we start by supporting and listening to youth voice.

7: Youth Voice Matters

Why do young people want to speak up? In this episode, we hear from high school students about why they think their voice matters and what stands in the way of being heard.