At VOX, we believe that journalism, publishing and self-expression – as a means of developing critical thinking skills, social responsibility and creative problem solving – provide teens with the necessary tools to enter a world in need of fresh perspectives to build community and bring much needed change.
Eligibility: Any teen, ages 13-19, living in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton or Gwinnett counties can participate. While you do not have to have experience to participate, a demonstrated interest in storytelling, publishing, or community activism will ensure you enjoy your experience with VOX. We are interested in your enthusiasm and interest in growth, in addition to the skills you have and those you want to improve.
Please use this form to apply for the following opportunities:
1. VOX Teen Staff (up to 50 teens throughout Atlanta with time in their schedules to prioritize VOX)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: VOX Teen Staff is currently full. But keep reading about being a contributor!! Please :).
2. VOX Teen Contributor (up to 100 teens throughout Atlanta who would like to publish regularly)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: To be a contributor at VOX, this is a rolling deadline which means we accept applications throughout the year. Our next training for contributors to VOX is Saturday, January 14th so mark your calendars!
3. VOX Investigates (a semester-long focused journalism project open to both VOX staffers and contributors)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: The deadline to apply for the fall edition has passed. However, if you join VOX, you will have opportunities to contribute to the project.
More about these opportunities will be shared throughout the application, so please read carefully!
VOX Teen Communications Organization and Office Policies and Procedures:
Individuals ages 13-19 are the target population for participation in the organization. Teenagers who apply to participate in VOX Teen Communications’ programs are invited to our Back to School Party/orientations/trainings on a first-come, first-served basis.
VOX is not responsible for teenagers’ transportation to and from our office or activities. Teenagers who apply to work on VOX activities are responsible for securing their own transportation, though the organization will provide MARTA fare to teens who participate here. Teens must sign in and out of the office. As an informal procedure, VOX Teen Communications will make its best effort to implement a buddy system en route to the MARTA station and/or while waiting for a ride.
The signature on this policies page indicates the parent or guardian’s consent for the teen to use whatever form of transportation he/she indicates on his/her application. By signing this form, parents/guardians consent to allow VOX volunteers or staff to provide transportation to the teen on occasions, and by signing this form, parents/guardians relieve VOX Teen Communications and its agents from any and all liability.
VOX’s school-year office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with some nights during the week designated as special work nights from time to time; during these nights, the office may remain open later than 7 p.m. Office hours for Mondays and Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. VOX’s Summer hours are M-F 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Special projects may take place before or after these official hours. The VOX office is always supervised by an adult when teens are present.
VOX Teen Communications maintains a safe space in its offices by committing to a strict policy of no smoking/tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, weapons, fighting, stealing, and misuse of technology.
Teens, adult volunteers and VOX staff may work together in the VOX Teen Communications office at any time accordance with the participation policy above. They may conduct research, use computers, take photos, conduct interviews or other business in a public library, a volunteer’s office or other appropriate locations. When volunteers serve in a mentor capacity and plan outings in the community or in their home, parental/guardian consent is required. Physical relationships between volunteers, staff and teens are inappropriate and prohibited.
The electronic signatures on this page indicate consent for VOX Teen Communications to publish the written or artistic work created by the teen participant as well as images of the teen participant in any of VOX’s printed or electronic material. Such material becomes the property of VOX Teen Communications. Additionally, VOX will create publishing partnerships with other media outlets, creating opportunities for teens’ content to have a wider reach. The signature on this page also indicates consent for teen participants’ content to be shared through other media outlets in partnership with VOX, always linking back to VOX as the initial provider and editor of content.