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.

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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Group Decision-Making: Benefits and Perils

by Khalid Husain

Every day we encounter new information. Since we live in an age of fast-paced communication, the rate at which we encounter new information is always increasing. From global events and policies to new social situations, we must find ways to digest the information presented in order to reach optimal decisions. We sometimes delegate important decisions

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The Summer That Changed Me

by Maddie Kessler

Most young people haven’t experienced a life-changing moment, but I have experienced something that has changed me forever. I have been in a dark tunnel and could not see the end. It was the summer of 2011, when my father’s older sister — my Aunt Kathy — died. When my aunt was healthy, she always

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Dreams of Humanity

by Zach Kligler

It happens to all of us. Each night, when we close our eyes to sleep, something incredible happens. We soar through other worlds, perform miracles, and live lives we never could have consciously imagined. It is therefore understandable that when we wake, it can be difficult to shake the sense of a dream’s importance. Throughout

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Who We Become

by Caroline Colwell

It was freshman year. I sat at lunch wearing a yellow Oxford button-up and loafers. Suddenly, the girl to my right interjected. “Why are all the girls here so preppy?” I was confused, but she continued. “Hi! I’m Sarah. I just moved from Oakland this year.” She wore black combat boots, black jeans, a chunky

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This is Mostly True

by Zoe Miller

Once I left a flower in front of the statue in a garden beside my family’s rented apartment. I had climbed over the fence to water the spinach and radishes I had planted; there was only one key and I would consistently forget to ask for my own. It was just a normal statue, a

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The Truths Behind Modern Technology

by Akash Mehta

One afternoon, two summers ago on a crowded bus in England, I noticed that my pocket felt lighter than normal. Immediately I realized what was missing: my iPhone. I frantically checked my other pockets and my bag, then pushed to the front of the bus. I asked the driver to let me out and bolted

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