Youth Speak: The Boston Marathon Bombings

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Youth Speak: The Boston Marathon Bombings

[box_light]This week in Boston, terror struck our nation again. For youth, 9/11 is a distant memory, and the marathon bombings are a tragic and current reminder of the evil in this world. Here are impressions and responses from The kNOw youth as they process this tragedy.

This commentary features photos from the flickr photoset “The Day After” by Croatian photojournalist Vjeran Pavic.[/box_light]

“All I saw was ‘Pray for Boston.'”

Ashley, 16
When I heard about the bombings, I was at home eating food and watching TV. All I saw was “Pray for Boston.” So I asked my mom, “What happened in Boston?” She didn’t know. She had just come home from work, so how would she know?

Youth Speak: The Boston Marathon Bombings
The day after: Grieved citizens left inspiring messages near the crime scene. Photo: Vjeran Pavic
The kNOw Youth Media
The kNOw works to support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.

In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.

Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our biannual youth publication, multimedia projects, and community forums.

The kNOw began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018 The kNOw became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.

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