The BoldlyUs Tween Committee is a talented group of kids aged 10-16 from all over Mid-Missouri. During monthly brainstorm meetings, hands are always in the air for their chance to share a new opinion or outlook on topics they choose all by themselves. Unlike the usual classroom setting, it’s never required to stay on the same topic once their mind wanders. They share more than articles; these meetings are where the kids get to show anything that is on their mind, because it all matters. The meetings are full of drawings and laughter, they share their accomplishments and their struggles, and they are always met with support from everyone in the room. Each month when they meet together is more than a meeting; it’s a chance to support their friends.
Why is BoldlyUs important?
Middle school is the age where these kids are told they need to start behaving like adults, but very rarely are they treated as such. I believe that this is because they don’t need to be adults. They are young and full of energy, creativity, opinions, and questions. They have new perspectives and ideas that blow me away everyday. We don’t need to treat them like more than they are, because they are already more than enough. They are people. People who deserve to have a voice and to be listened to; I mean really listened to. They have a million questions, but more importantly, they have answers.
But please, don’t take my word for it. Here’s what our BoldlyUs tweens have to say:
“The BoldlyU magazine has helped me learn about diversity and how listening to other teens benefits me and how I approach things in life. It shows me different point of views of other teens and in total just shows others the point of view of us teenagers.”
“I like that peers write to peers rather than adults, because we share similar experiences. I also like that the magazine is free, because it will be shared to many people. “
“The magazine has helped me by giving me an outlet to share my thoughts. Sometimes, even when you have someone you trust with all your heart, talking to yourself is the way to be truest to yourself. BoldlyU gives me an outlet to express myself, while at the same time educating the teen community.”
“What I love about it is that it’s not based on a specific person yes there’s a person on the front cover but it’s not what you think it goes over many kids life and gives kids opportunity to be apart of a magazine. I also love how it gives life stories about many kids over the world.”
“ I would tell people about this magazine is that it’s great and it gives you something to read and it’s not like any other magazine. It’s an inspirational magazine.”
Interest in being a part of the BoldlyUs committee? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a committee near you or to participate through email!
Be Brave. Be Bold. Be You.