A group of young writers ranging from ages 15-26, joined Blue Future from across the country, and even overseas, for its inaugural, ‘Write Yourselves Into History’ writing program. The program’s participants engaged in bi-weekly Zoom workshops to strengthen their storytelling skills about issues that matter most to them. So far, a total of 15+ stories will be published by our youth contributors.
Once a month, the program participants met as a team to discuss trending news topics the potential story ideas they wished to write about. Additionally, the program included training sessions regarding the writing process, pitching one’s story to a publication, and how to use writing for advocacy on behalf of progressive issues. Guest speakers included young professionals with experiences in freelance journalism, political communications, and issue-focused writing. Guests spoke with our youth contributors about their own experiences as young writers, suggestions for practicing one’s writing, and communicating with publications. The contact information for each speaker and additional resources shared by them were made available to all youth contributors to add to their writing toolkits and their professional networks.
In addition to bi-weekly discussions and training, our youth contributors completed monthly writing assignments to strengthen their writing and editing skills, leverage their unique perspectives regarding trending political and social issues happening in communities across the country and publish their work. Our group of youth contributors submitted articles on various topics impacting young people today including, the impacts of COVID-19 on young workers and students, redistricting and civic engagement among young voters, the crisis of student loan debt, and more. These articles continue to be published on the Blue Future Medium, LinkedIn, and social media channels and inspire Blue Future’s audiences about the power of their voice and encourage more young people to write themselves into history!