Fear and Anxiety: Youth Around the World Take on Crucial Topic in KidSpirit's Summer Issue
Each issue of KidSpirit revolves around a Big Question posed by the all-youth Editorial Board. This season the editors ask, "Is Anxiety a Way of Life for Our Generation?" In his response, a young writer explores the constant pressures of growing up in the age of globalization and ever-present digital media.
Other pieces released this week include a Pakistani teen's examination of the human impulse to seek out fear, a young New Yorker's reflection on how his community's multiple traditions have shaped his response to self-doubt, a Chinese student's narrative about an experience that taught him about the origins of anxiety, and a burgeoning playwright's critique of the Broadway drama True West. In the Poetry section, a poet from Missouri contemplates the calming effects of nature, and in the Global Beat, a young woman from Switzerland shares a hopeful vision for overcoming fear. KidSpirit Shorts, a section for youth-created videos, features a Haitian contributor's moving poetry reading.
All spring, KidSpirit will continue to publish writing, poetry, artwork, and video by youth on this issue's resonant theme. In Features, kids around the world will offer letters and videos advising their younger selves on how to cope with anxiety. Awesome Moments pieces will delve into insights contributors have gleaned from their life experiences, while essays in the Interfaith Connections department will continue to share how contributors of diverse backgrounds and traditions understand the role of fear in their lives.
Each issue of KidSpirit features additional wisdom from one adult with expertise in the theme in a column called PerSpectives. This summer's author will be announced later this summer.
KidSpirit is a unique forum for young people of all backgrounds and traditions to explore life's big questions in an open spirit. For interviews and further information, please contact Justine Woods at the information below.