story request:
Our Youth Covid Story
Covid Youth Project
Requester: Rio Baran
Deadline: No Deadline
Tell your story

Hi! I’m Rio. I’m a junior in high school and I designed Covid Youth Project to create a space for high schoolers to share their experiences as they go through this pandemic. Every story adds to a collective understanding of us teens with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives. Covid-19 has, in some ways, united us as a species but has, in others, revealed structural inequalities that divide us. In the past weeks, our collective understanding seems to be shifting from feelings of isolation to feelings of anger and injustice. This is why we need your stories now more than ever.

If you are up for this, you have many choices. You can be anonymous, respond to only the prompts you choose, add pictures, re-record responses, and even withdraw your submission if you change your mind. All that it takes to connect and make your voice heard is to respond in two minutes to three simple prompts.

Once I gather enough data, I plan to analyze and present what we are learning. In the meantime, you can listen to what other teens are thinking and doing. Hopefully, by connecting through our stories, we can empathetically, kindly, and fiercely move through this hard time.

These stories may be edited, published and shared.

Tell your story
Tips for telling a great story
  • Tell your story as if you were talking to a friend or a relative. Make it personal.
  • Add photos! It is best if the first photo you add is a nice image of yourself so that people can see you as they listen to or read your story.
Tips for audio recording
  • You can re-record as many times as you want. Take a couple of practice runs until it feels more natural talking into your computer.
  • Try not to use a pre-written script so that your story sounds as natural as possible. It is ok if it is not perfect.
  • Try to speak as clearly as possible, and get as close to the microphone as you can.
  • Try to find a quiet place with no background noise. It is even better if the room has carpet. This will reduce the amount of echo on the recording.
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