Alexandria Wilson is a voice for her generation. Literally. As a member of VOX Teen Communications, a nonprofit youth development program focused on teen expression, the seventeen-year-old North Atlanta High School junior writes for VOX Teen Newspaper about equality, teenage sexuality, gender issues, music, relationships, and what it’s like to be a teenager today. Her favorite story she’s written, “The Rainbow Zebra,” was inspired by a quilt her great-grandmother gave her and is about being comfortable in your own skin.
Besides writing for the newspaper (which is distributed to more than 300 schools and organizations across metro Atlanta), Wilson is a VOX Girls Group peer leader and a VOX board member. She’s also a huge fan of arts and crafts—peek inside her bag at any time, and you’ll find sewing needles and twine. She says she loves making gifts for friends and even sews clothes. She looks forward to attending college; Brown University, Pratt, and Syracuse University are on her short list.
Wilson says her leadership roles at VOX and writing for the newspaper have given her new confidence. “I feel like it makes you more comfortable with yourself, more comfortable talking to your peers and adults, and more of a leader,” she says. And, of course, it gives her a platform to discuss the things she’s passionate about. We hear her loud and clear.
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