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TEEN INK PROVIDES AN OUTLET FOR PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD VOICES

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"There's a wide variety of students in the middle, who are not special-needs or disadvantaged, they're not gifted-and-talented, and they are struggling to reach their potential too. They also need some recognition, some attention, some encouragement…Our goal is to give as many students a chance to be published for the first time and, at the same time, balance that with the need to have Teen Ink be as good a publication as it can be."

Teen Ink, a national magazine of student writing, was founded in 1989 by Stephanie and John Meyer, a former teacher and publisher respectively. Teen Ink publishes the work of students of all abilities from every state in the country. John Meyer says about the magazine’s mission:

“There’s a wide variety of students in the middle, who are not special-needs or disadvantaged, they’re not gifted-and-talented, and they are struggling to reach their potential too. They also need some recognition, some attention, some encouragement…Our goal is to give as many students a chance to be published for the first time and, at the same time, balance that with the need to have Teen Ink be as good a publication as it can be.”

 

The magazine currently reaches 5,000 teachers in all 50 states who distribute Teen Ink to their students. It is used as a teaching tool and as a forum for student thoughts in writing classes and workshops. The publication has grown at a significant rate in the last 13 years. Last year it could only publish 10 percent of the 40,000 submissions it received.

The publisher, Young Authors Foundation, gives out an award for Best Interview of the Year. The contest encourages teens to interview everyday heroes and rewards the winner with an interview with a celebrity. Past celebrity interviews have included Hillary Clinton, Colin Powell, and Martin Sheen.

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To link to the recent Teacher Magazine story.

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