“We are carving our own path forward because the old rules of American success have stopped applying.”Surya HendryEverett, WA
We are 18- to 29-year-olds. And we have the most at stake in the 2020 election. There is a lot of speculation in mainstream media about which candidate we will vote for and how many of us will actually go to the polls, but very little attention paid to our actual experiences and perspectives when it comes to the issues being debated on the national stage. These issues are more than talking points for us. They are the struggles that define our communities and our futures. They are our stories, they need to be told and we want to be the ones to tell them. Follow us as our perspectives are featured here and on partner outlets over the months leading up to the general election.
YR Media and WNYC’s Radio Rookies carried out a national contributor search. From more than one hundred applications to our open call for contributors, we selected a team of 13 talented young media makers. Contributors are racially and ethnically diverse, identify across the political spectrum, and represent every region in the country. With support from YR Media and Radio Rookies editorial staff, they are producing content in audio, video, and print formats on issues including race and criminal justice, #BlackLivesMatter, health care access, poverty, education, LGBTQ rights, college affordability, homelessness, opioid addiction and immigration. Check out an OpEd from YR Media's CEO on where this project fits in history.