Youth Editors Celebrate Peer Writers, Poets, and Artists with 2020 KidSpirit Awards
KidSpirit provides a unique forum for young people to explore life's big questions, and award recipients represent the wide range of perspectives, backgrounds, and interests that make up the magazine's global community. This year's award-winning pieces showcase brave, creative, and inspiring approaches to a wide array of substantive topics.
Each issue of KidSpirit revolves around a Big Question posed by the editors. The 2020 Big Question Award goes to a writer from New York who explores the impact of anxiety on his generation.
In the Features department, editors recognize teens around the world for a co-written series of letters to their younger selves, a writer from Haiti for an in-depth look at the stigma surrounding mental illness, and a young New Yorker's analysis of what philosophy can teach us about fulfillment.
Winners in the Awesome Moments department include authors from California and Canada who share stories about learning to find their voices and develop self confidence. Interfaith Connections Awards acknowledge youth from Paraguay, New York, and North Carolina for essays on the uplifting powers of faith, the triumphs and tribulations of being an American Muslim teenager, the lessons of a blended heritage, and the challenges of grappling with familial legacy. The editors also selected winners from China, Haiti, India, Paraguay, California, Minnesota, and Kentucky in the Poetry and Art departments, highlighting the creative ways contributors around the world have shared their inner wisdom on this year's themes.
The 2020 PerSpectives Award - the only award reserved for an adult author - goes to Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, for her piece "Feeling Shy? You Are Not Alone." Ms. Shannon draws on her own life and her copious experience as a psychotherapist to offer wisdom on a common source of anxiety among teenagers.
For a complete list of winners, please visit KidSpirit's website at kidspiritonline.com/