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VOX Through the Years
Join us on a trip through time as we celebrate VOX’s 20 years of teen voice, leadership and opportunity in metro Atlanta.

VOX Stories

  • The state of race in America in 2014

    Westlake High students react to the fall out from Ferguson and discuss their own experiences with racism

    Editor’s Note: This month, through our VOX community workshops, we extended an invitation to students at Westlake High School in southwest Atlanta to contribute their thoughts and feelings as part of this Fall’s Isms themed issue. The fallout from the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri and the national response to it inspired many of these essays. We hope you will find these teen voices speaking out about the state of race in America in 2014 compelling, thought provoking and inspiring. Read More
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will leave you speechless

    Jennifer Lawrence delivers a powerhouse performance but that's not all!

    “The Hunger Games” book trilogy tells the story of a girl who leads a movement to take down her corrupt government. In this society, the hierarchy thrives while the poor work hard. Every year, the Capitol hosts a Hunger Games. A show where "tributes" fight to the death until there is only one winner, a victor, left. The books and film adaptations begin when the Capitol is drawing for their 74th Annual Hunger Games. When they pull the tributes names for District 12, heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) discovers that her sister Prim has been chosen. Not knowing what else to do, Katniss volunteers in her sister's place. After winning the games with love interest Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) by her side, Katniss sparks a movement throughout the districts. In spite of the rising rebellion President Snow (Donald Sutherland) calls a Quarter Quell. All the victors from each District are put back into the Hunger Games. Little did Snow know, they had been cooking up a plan to save the Mockingjay and begin the revolution. Read More
  • Raise Your VOX

    Q/A with volunteer Ben Hammett Walkuski

    We're proud to kick off "Raise Your VOX," a q/a with some of VOX's greatest assets. In our first edition, Manager of Development and Outreach Susan Landrum interviews VOX adult volunteer Ben Hammett Walkuski about his experience working with and for teens.

    Ben, tell us a little bit about yourself.

    My name is Ben Hammett Walkuski, and I am a proud VOX volunteer and VOX Story Coach. Like many young adults, I graduated from college unsure of my passion or purpose in life. After dabbling in a wide variety of roles in different industries, I was very lucky to land in nonprofit fundraising at a consulting firm here in Atlanta. This opportunity provided me with the kind of exposure and experience I sorely needed, and it helped me to build a strong foundation of communication and fundraising skills.

    What made you want to volunteer at VOX?

    Through a colleague who used to sit on the VOX Board of Directors, I began attending VOX events and helping out here and there. Eventually I formalized my involvement by volunteering to serve as a Story Coach and on the 2014 Homecoming Event Committee. Giving back in my small way to an organization like VOX is enormously meaningful to me: I am helping to nurture and strengthen both the next generation of young professionals, as well as an outstanding nonprofit organization.

    You are a Story Coach volunteer - can you tell us a little bit about the experience of working with Jolisa on her story?

    As a Story Coach volunteer, I have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with VOX teens by providing feedback and mentorship on the articles they write for the newspaper. Not only does this provide the teens with a positive adult relationship, but it challenges and strengthens the teens' and my communication skills and hopefully results in better and more [high impact] journalism. 

    You also volunteered this year on our Homecoming Committee - what did you love about the event?

    Back in October, VOX hosted its second annual Homecoming Dance and Awards Dinner, which is the organization's largest fundraising event. What I loved about this event was that it allowed all of us to go back to school, even just for an evening. Set in the MLK Recreation Center Gymnasium, the event blended the look and feel of a classic high school social with a contemporary fundraising gala. Mixing and mingling with VOX teens, Board, staff, donors, and volunteers really illustrated for me the enormous importance and impact of this organization within the lives of the teens it serves and the community at large.

    Finally, we're so lucky to have you at VOX and look forward to keeping you involved. What are you excited about for VOX's future?

    The theme of this year's Homecoming was "Shining a Light on Greater Atlanta," and "vox" is a Latin word meaning "voice." What I love most about VOX Teen Communications is its ability to empower young people to discover their voices and shine their lights into the world. 

    Ben Hammett Walkuski is a Development Officer with the United Way of Greater Atlanta and a freelance writer. He and his partner live in midtown Atlanta. His pictured above with Jolisa, his VOX teen story coach partner. You can read Jolisa's most recent story here. 

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  • VOX Identity Contest!

    See the info below and enter!

    Click "read more" to find out how to get your TEEN voice heard in the next edition of VOX and online! Deadline is November 18! Read More

Volunteer at VOX

Want to volunteer with teens at VOX? Great!

Head on over to our volunteer page and read about the opportunities to volunteer and complete the application! 

VOX Fact

In 2013-2014, 100 percent of VOX teen staff graduate from high school, and most go on to college. Recent VOX alumni have enrolled at schools including:

Auburn University
Agnes Scott College
Brenau University
Columbia College of Chicago
Georgia State
University of Georgia
University of Southern California
College of Wooster
Clark Atlanta University
Boston University
Kennesaw State University
Brandeis University
Brevard College
Syracuse University