June 9, 2005


Posting this for Sherry Sacino, Youth Empowerment Alliance

Dear Youth Editor: We will soon be launching Youth OUT LOUD!, an independent news service written exclusively by youth so they have a voice in their world. We are looking to add youth reporters and story tellers who wish to write for us. Please feel free to forward the e-mail below to the youth you know who may be interested in getting involved. I also have a pdf flyer I can send, so let me know if you'd like to have it.

Let me know if you have any questions, I look forward to working with you.

Thank you,

Sherry Sacino
Youth Empowerment Alliance, Inc.
235 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


If you have a story to tell, then join us,
and we will help you tell the world!


Youth OUT LOUD! is an independent news service where youth from across the globe can have a powerful voice in the mainstream press. Through the Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA), a worldwide network of youth-serving organizations, Youth OUT LOUD! obtains and distributes weekly youth-generated stories to international media outlets, with its network of youth story tellers in more than 150 countries. YMN invites youth to express viewpoints on current events, social issues, pop culture and other topics important to them. The collected responses are offered to mainstream media as stories for publication in magazines, newspapers, websites, etc.

Youth Engagement

Issues arise daily that affect youth; however, these voices are rarely heard. Youth from an affected region can provide a first-person story of events that have affected their lives, such as living with a parent with AIDS, the Asian tsunami, living in Iraq during the war or what happens at your school when a crisis occurs. Youth from around the world are invited to write about their lives: what their daily life is like, what they fear and their dreams of the future. Several of these stories can culminate in an in-depth, global perspective on a particular issue. The topics may be light, such as ?how we celebrate Christmas at my house? to more serious issues as ?the day I heard my parent was killed in the war? or ?living with cancer.? All of these stories from youth can be compiled into a collection of articles, surveys, opinion pieces, diary entries, location updates, youth profiles, or be subject to inclusion in larger works by journalists.

JOIN US! Go to: http://groups.takingitglobal.org/youthoutloud

Youth OUT LOUD! invites YOU to tell us your stories, by first registering on the TIG groups website and then sending us your stories. The website moderator will ask for your input and experiences on a variety of topics throughout the year. Some of your stories may be selected as: Feature Stories, Snapshots and Postcards and sent to media outlets worldwide!

For more information about the Youth Empowerment Alliance, go to: www.yealliance.org

Chris Schuepp
Young People's Media Network - Coordinator
c/o ECMC (European Centre for Media Competence)
Bergstr. 8 / 10th floor
D-45770 Marl - Germany
Tel.: +49 2365 502480
Mobile: +49 176 23107083
Fax: +49 12126 23107083
Email: cschuepp@unicef.org
URL: www.unicef.org/magic
Mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/youthful-media
The YPMN is supported by UNICEF and hosted by the ECMC.
The opinions and views expressed in this message and/or articles & websites linked to from this message do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies.

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