What’s Happening with KidSpirit?
KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum.
Read articles about KidSpirit and its teen writers, find out about new awards we’re putting in our trophy case, and get up to date with our latest press releases.
KidSpirit is a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award winner! Fewer than 20% of the products submitted to the Parents’ Choice Awards program receive any level of commendation. KidSpirit wins an award in the Magazine category, following its 2012 Approved award in the Website category last year. Reviewer Teresa DiFalco writes of KidSpirit: “The articles are thorough and engaging and on topical subjects. Short essays in a feature called ‘Awesome Moments’ are well-written, and the regular book reviews are insightful… KidSpirit promotes smart prose on interesting topics. The material is interesting and rich; a good choice for teen readers.” Read more on the Parents’ Choice Awards site.
Press Release: KidSpirit Magazine Wins Parents’ Choice Recommended Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation. 2013 Parents Choice Recommended Award Release.
Odyssey Networks, in conjunction with the US Department of State, created 2012 Hours Against Hate, a campaign to help promote interfaith and intercultural understanding. Young people around the country were asked to spend one hour with someone different from themselves and write about it. Vidushi Sharma and Susanna Olson, two KidSpirit contributors, won a competition to present the most moving story of connection and had their experience documented in this incredible video!
A great review of the Best of KidSpirit Online in young adult author Barrie Summy’s blog! Summy writes: “CLASSY. Everything about KidSpirit is classy. The magazine was a thoughtful, interesting, well-written read. The pages are thick and glossy, four color. If you know a pre-teen or teen who’s into writing, I’d recommend they submit to this magazine.” Read more here!
The Deseret News features KidSpirit in a major feature article in October! Read about how the magazine has grown in five years, how a typical issue is produced, and see pictures of the Ed Board in action at a recent meeting. Click here for the article!
KidSpirit wins second place in the 2012 RNA Magazine Religion Story Layout and Design of the Year Award! See a complete list of winners on the RNA website.
KidSpirit publishes the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume II! Created and edited entirely by young people, the compilation volume presents teen writing on topics ranging from Conflict and Peacemakers, Humor, Creativity and Imagination, and Ethics and Morality. Adult contributors featured in KidSpirit’s PerSpectives columns include (among others) Dr. Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor and Director of George Mason University’s Center on Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution; and Young Adult writer Adele Griffin, author of over 20 books for young people. The 115-page volume is printed in full color, and is entirely ad-free. Discussion guides for teachers and youth workers are included in the back, along with activities to get young people talking about the substantive topics covered in the volume.
Press Release: KidSpirit Releases the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume II, A Compilation of the Best Teen Writing on the Web. Press Release about the Best Of KidSpirit, Volume II
Founding Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman is featured in the October issue of The Interfaith Observer. In “The Internet — A Spiritual Haven for Youth?” she describes how KidSpirit has become a global forum effectively encouraging dialogue among youth about life’s big questions. Read Elizabeth’s article here.
In celebration of another vibrant and exciting year of publication, KidSpirit is delighted to announce the winners of its 2012 KidSpirit Awards! The youth-led Editorial Board chose the recipients of the second annual KidSpirit Awards from over 70 original pieces of writing and art published at KidSpirit. Representing a cross section of diverse contributions, the winning works include original art, as well as pieces on ethics, creativity, and conflict from teens across the U.S., India, and England. The KidSpirit Editorial Board also chose Lama Surya Das, renowned Western Buddhist meditation teacher, scholar, and author, as KidSpirit’s Spiritual Elder Award winner. Author of the PerSpectives article “The Golden and Diamond Rules: Essential Jewels of Heart and Mind, Body and Soul,” Surya Das is the only adult recipient of an award.
Press Release: KidSpirit Announces Winners of 2012 Awards. KidSpirit Press Release about 2012 Awards.
KidSpirit wins a Parents’ Choice Approved award! Fewer than 20% of the products submitted to the Parents’ Choice Awards program receive any level of commendation. KidSpirit’s online magazine and social networking site wins the award in the Website category. Reviewer Laura Fries writes of KidSpirit: “Let’s face it: Most teens find it easier to talk though technology these days, and while nothing makes up for personal connections, parents can feel better about this artistic exchange of ideas and safe platform for communication.”
Press Release: KidSpirit Online Wins Parents’ Choice Approved Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Parents Choice Award Release.
KidSpirit writer Niti Majethia is honored by her school, RBK International Academy in Mumbai, India, for her award-winning work at KidSpirit! Congratulations to Niti. See what she and the rest of RBK are up to at the end of their school year this May in their RBKIA Newsletter 14th May 2012.
KidSpirit is a finalist in the Association for Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Awards, which honor the best products and resources used by teachers, parents, and students. KidSpirit is a finalist in two Periodicals categories: Whole Publication Design, for its issue “Creativity and Imagination“; and is nominated twice in the Feature Article category for “You May Begin: A Look at Standardized Testing” by teen contributor Katie Hartman, and “Thriving Starts on the Inside” by Peter Benson, the late President and CEO of Search Institute and KidSpirit PerSpectives award recipient. KidSpirit adds this accolade to its finalist nomination in last year’s Golden Lamp Awards from AEP. Winners of the Distinguished Achievement Awards will be announced at a ceremony on June 5. For a complete list of winners, visit the AEP website.
Press Release: KidSpirit Online Named Finalist in 2012 AEP’s Distinguished Achievement Awards. DAA Finalist Release.
The New York Public Library hosts KidSpirit and five members of the KidSpirit Editorial Board in its TeenLIVE series. Ed Board members read articles they wrote along with work sent in by kids around the country, and answer questions about the experience of editing their peers’ work and contributing to the magazine. Read more on the New York Public Library’s website, and watch the video below. Q&A starts at 39:00.
KidSpirit is now on the Huffington Post! With nearly five years of outstanding articles from teens in our archives, KidSpirit will be publishing some of the essays that appeared in our print and online magazine pages at the Huffington Post. Check out our first article, “Humility in Hinduism,” a reprint of a feature article that was published in the Rituals & Traditions issue, by former KidSpirit Editorial Board member Gautama Mehta. Gautama’s essay is featured on the home page of the Huffington Post’s Religion department. Future essays will be featured in the Religion and Teen sections. You can also keep up to date with new KidSpirit posts on HuffPo by joining our RSS feed.
Thanks to the Interfaith Center of New York for mentioning our HuffPost article on the ICNY blog!
KidSpirit wins a Wilbur! We are delighted to announce that KidSpirit has won a 2012 Wilbur Award for the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume 1. The Best of KidSpirit won in the Youth Book category, and was honored alongside work from such illustrious organizations as 60 Minutes, Entertainment Weekly, CBS News, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. You can see a full list of winners on the website for the Wilburs. The Wilbur Awards are awarded by the Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith association founded in 1929. These awards recognize the work of individuals in secular media in communicating religious issues, values, and themes each year.
Press Release: KidSpirit Online Wins a 2012 Wilbur Award. Download here.
The Interfaith Observer features a reprint of Elizabeth Dabney Hochman’s article for the Council for a Parliament of World Religions, including a fantastic submission from Gracie Griffin, a KidSpirit contributor in Maine.
Press Release: Youth Share Views on Education in America in KidSpirit’s Spring Issue. Download here.
An article by Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, “KidSpirit: Where Youth and the Spirit of Pluralism Converge” is featured in the newsletter and website of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Press Release: KidSpirit Online Encourages Teens to Discuss Ethics, Morality, and Global Community. Download here.
TweenParent features an essay by Elizabeth Dabney Hochman entitled, “Character Development: Are Kids Concerned About Cheating?” with reflections on how the Ed Board approached cheating in its issue on Competition and Achievement.
KidSpirit has been chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Golden Lamp Award! The Golden Lamp Awards are the educational resource industry’s top honor, recognizing the best overall tools for teaching and learning. Four finalists are chosen in each entry category, representing 16 of the year’s most elite resources for teaching and learning. KidSpirit was chosen in the category of Periodicals along with publications from Highlights, Scholastic, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Kudos to KidSpirit writers! Anya Dunaif won a Scholastic Gold Medal for her article, “Spirituality and Transcendence: The White Light Festival” which was included in our Finding Your Spirit in Art issue, and a silver key for one of her images. Frequent contributor Sofiy Inck also won gold keys from Scholastic for one of her poems and short stories.
KidSpirit and the Conflict and Peacemakers issue were featured in a full page, color article in the Christian Science Sentinel magazine last month! KidSpirit and its writers continue to gather praise for their outstanding work in this courageous issue. You can read all the articles published so far by going to the Conflict and Peacemakers Table of Contents. Download the article here.
KidSpirit is featured in an article by the Charleston Spirituality Examiner, highlighting the recent Mom’s Choice Award, and KidSpirit’s commitment to promoting intergenerational and intercultural dialogue.
KidSpirit wins a Gold from Mom’s Choice Awards®! Mom’s Choice chose KidSpirit as a top entry in the category of magazines for teens and tweens, one of only two magazines chosen in the category. The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. See KidSpirit and the other winners at the Mom’s Choice website.
An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.
4YA: Inspiration for Youth Advocates interviews Elizabeth Dabney Hochman about developing a magazine for teens, and how to get youth involved in discussions, and writing and editing their own student magazine. Read the interview at 4YA.
KidSpirit participated in the 2009 Mind and Life Institute‘s Educating World Citizens conference featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All 2,000 attendees received a copy of KidSpirit Magazine.
Interfaith Voices, the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio, featured Founding Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman and members of the Editorial Board in their June, 2009 show. Go to Interfaith Voices and jump to the second segment to listen to the interview.
Brooklyn Independent Television featured KidSpirit in Neighborhood Beat, Episode 3 of its “Brooklyn Heights” focus. Watch the clip here.
A noteworthy article about KidSpirit appeared in Spirituality & Health, including an interview with Elizabeth Dabney Hochman. Former editor Betsy Robinson directs readers to KidSpirit “if you wish you could share the kind of sustenance you receive from Spirituality & Health with the 11-to-15-year-olds in your life.” Read the full article.
Body+Soul featured KidSpirit Magazine on their website, Whole Living, as part of their Eco Gift Guide. Body+Soul editors wrote, “If kids were creating their own version of Body+Soul, it might look like this magazine… Deep-thinking youths curious about life’s big ideas will love this quarterly.” Download the pdf.
The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) released Good Things To Do: Expert Suggestions for Fostering Goodness in Kids, which includes our Founding Editor’s chapter, “Six Steps for Nurturing the Spirit in Young Adolescents.” Read more about the book and see a partial list of contributors.
KidSpirit was featured in a spot on Boston’s Fox 25 television as one of a group of NAPPA winners who could bring “family fun” to the holiday season! Watch a clip of KidSpirit featured along with other winning NAPPA products.
Kimberly Danek Pinkson, Founder and President of EcoMom Alliance, featured KidSpirit in her blog. EcoMom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting communities of women helping to create a sustainable environment.
KidSpirit was given a spread in the Park Slope Reader. Park Slope Reader editors were so impressed by the outstanding writing of KidSpirit editor Elizabeth Berg that they included her entire article from Spirit & Materialism, “How Far Has Your Food Traveled?” Check out the Park Slope Reader’s spread!
Kid Magazine Writers interviewed editor-in-chief Elizabeth Dabney Hochman about KidSpirit Magazine and the work that young people are sending in from all over the country! Read more.
KidSpirit Wins a Gold! The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) awarded their 2008 media awards, and not only did KidSpirit Magazine place as a Gold winner, it was singled out as a NAPPA Top Pick in the Books and Magazines category, indicating that the judges considered it outstanding among the Gold winners. Click here to see KidSpirit on the parenthood.com website. The NAPPA awards program is sponsored by Dominion Parenting Media and promoted in association with parenting publishers across the United States. One of the most highly competitive and selective kids media competitions in the country, the NAPPA awards are juried by judges who are industry experts with extensive professional experience working with children and parents. The judges are not the only ones to weigh in on the products, however — before awards are given, all the products entered are tested by both kids and parents. The NAPPA award showcases the best in books, CDs, and innovative products that help make parenting easier, more effective, and more fun.
Family Circle Magazine recommends KidSpirit! Read what syndicated columnist Rosalind Wiseman has to say about KidSpirit in her Ask Rosalind column here or go to Rosalind Wiseman’s column online, click on August, 2008 and scroll down the page to her recommendation.
Vail Valley’s TV8 interviewed Elizabeth Dabney Hochman during a visit to Colorado.
Internet radio host Karen Humphries Sallick interviewed Founding Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman about the inspiration behind KidSpirit on her show, “Embracing the Journey.” Listen to the interview.
The School Library Journal featured two of the members of KidSpirit’s Editorial Board in Bowllan’s Blog. Read their comments about being in on the ground floor here or go to the School Library Journal’s web site and select date June 16th, 2008 in the archive.
The Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence at The Search Institute features KidSpirit on their web site. Read the article.
The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) recommended KidSpirit Magazine in their newsletter, Connections. Read the piece.
A new article, “KidSpirit Magazine: Youth in dialogue about Life’s Big Questions,” by KidSpirit Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, appears in the Summer, 2008 issue of New Directions for Youth Development. This journal features the ongoing work of The Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence and is published by Wiley Periodicals. Get information or order the publication online.
In May, 2008, KidSpirit Magazine celebrated the publication of its Premiere Issue at a launch party in New York City.
Read about KidSpirit’s launch and all-kid Editorial Board in Brooklyn’s Courier Life newspaper.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle profiled Editor Elizabeth Dabney Hochman and the process of creating KidSpirit. Read the profile.
Many blogs covered KidSpirit’s arrival. Read a posting that appeared in Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn.