These voices were missing
Hello good people at CRY :) If you’re reading this, you already know what we’re all about. We’ve built a community grounded in vulnerability and creativity and it’s been magical. Our goal has always been to provide a platform where people can share the most vulnerable parts of themselves and CRY is the epitome of that.
That said, we’re starting another platform that we think you’ll enjoy. It’s called Teens Love Lit and we’re excited to tell you all about it.
Between CRY Magazine and our other storytelling platform, Love & Literature, the one voice we were missing was young people. Really young people. Teenagers, specifically. But instead of mixing these teen perspectives with the Love & Literature stories or placing them here on CRY, we decided to give them their own space.
Teens Love Lit amplifies teenage voices and provides them with an audience. We make it clear that their experiences matter, their stories matter, and their opinions matter. It’s a space for teens by teens with the same global mindset we brought to both CRY and Love & Literature.
We weren’t the only ones who thought this was a great idea. When we went searching for partners, the first organization we connected with loved the idea, as well. They saw the potential in what we were planning to do and were immediately enthusiastic about the possibilities.
So let us introduce you to the Wealthsimple Foundation. Wealthsimple Foundation is a registered Canadian charity on a mission to make post-secondary education accessible to everyone in Canada. They share the same values as we do and have a passion for the advancement and empowerment of young people.
How Teens Love Lit Will Work
OK, let’s get to it. How exactly will Teens Love Lit work and what can you expect? First thing to know is that this is a members-only platform. You’ll have to subscribe to receive the stories to your email or view them online.
We’ll be delivering a story every Sunday starting February 20. Each story will be from a different teenager sharing a part of their life that had the biggest impact on who they are today.
Our first round of stories will feature stories from teens living in Toronto Community Housing. Their lives are the most vulnerable in our city and their voices the most marginalized, so we thought we’d shine a light on kids from neighbourhoods that don’t get much positive attention. These stories are meant to offer different perspectives and open up the narrative about the type of people who reside in these communities.
After that, we’re not telling you who’s next. Could be a group of teens from Louisville, Kentucky, or maybe some young people from London, England. That’s what makes this platform special. A different story from a different teen every week and they can be from any part of the world.
OK, that’s all for now. That was a mouthful so reread if you need to. It’s pretty simple though; just start by subscribing to Teens Love Lit, then check your email on Saturdays. We’ll also have a website where all of the stories will be hosted. Remember, it’s members-only so you’ll need to be subscribed.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can access free money for your child’s education, check out what the Wealthsimple Foundation has to offer.