Features

We invite you to enjoy the Feature Articles written by teen writers for current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for our future issues.

Pioneers for the Environment

by Grace Luckett with Vanita Sharma and Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter

Read Grace Luckett’s overview of some of the leaders of this movement, then scroll down to learn about several organizations, profiled by Vanita Sharma and Gertie-Pearl Zwick-Schachter, that are working to protect our environment. Climate change is a complicated chain reaction of human greed and advancement, which will spiral into the destruction of our home

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Our Warming Climate

by Global Youth Voices

In the 11th century, there once lived a shepherd named Hari. He lived a happy life with his wife and two children in Kashi, India. Every day he took his sheep to graze. The climate of the 11th century was very nice. Flowers blossomed during spring; there were pleasant rains and energizing sunlight in summers.

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Immortality, Poetry, and a Whole Lot of Spinning

by Noorjehan Asim

Words have, and always will be, a powerful way for humans to convey their thoughts and feelings to others. Yet despite so many ways to communicate, humans still live in a world very divided. There are many ways for us to live in peace; why then do we choose to travel the tougher path? Coexistence among

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The Power of Words In My Tradition

by Nimai Agarwal

Words. They are behind almost every story. I am fascinated by the importance of words in the Vedas, which, as a Hindu, I’ve grown up with. Words are the heart of Hindu traditions, stories, and culture. As I’ve returned to the scriptures over the years, I’ve begun to notice a pattern. Words come to the forefront,

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The Maker Movement and Me

by Vanita Sharma

As I grabbed the 10K resistor and screw from the Styrofoam cup, I glanced at the other kids in my Intro to Robotics class at HEROES Rutgers. HEROES is an academy that offers a variety of classes to talented students. It was my second class. I took my gadgets back to our hard-bottomed stools and

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Democracy Then and Now

by Uday Schultz

Democracy. It is the system that empowers the people, the system for which humans have fought and died, the system that gives people power to vote on issues relating to government. It gives each individual a voice and the right to exercise their opinion. It has shown itself to to be an effective and fair

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We Are Family: A Week with Global Teen Leaders

by Akash Mehta

This past April, I spent a week with the 29 most passionate, inspiring, unbelievable teenagers I have ever met. Each year, the We Are Family Foundation, founded by Nile Rodgers, the musician behind the song that gave the organization its name, selects 30 teen leaders for a week-long intensive conference in New York City called

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Color in Art and Life

by Eleanor Goetz

As a young child I remember scraping my knee while riding my bike. I made a sharp turn and fell onto the hot, black pavement. In that moment, I could not breathe. The bright red of blood caught my eye and I began to cry, even though it did not hurt that much. The color

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Mall Walkers and McDonald’s: A Study of American Symbols

by Katie Reis

Symbols are often seen in places we don’t look, hiding beneath the surface, existing in our minds but invisible. For example, most people wouldn’t even think about the symbolic significance of jeans, seeing them as a simple article of clothing, but a closer look at its evolution throughout our nation’s history reveals how jeans have

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Zero Is Hella Shady; by Humans, for Humans

by Misbah Awan

Zero may appear to be nothing on the surface — merely an O without a figure, as Shakespeare puts it — but if you take a peep inside its oval window, you’ll see the world in its endless, ever-changing presence. From finger counting to calculus, from abacuses to computers, from interpretations of zero as “nothing”

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