Imani Benjamin

The Election – Gamified

Being an informed voter is much more than knowing who’s a Democrat and who’s a Republican. It’s much more than just doing a cursory internet search on the policies that your party and their chosen candidate has put forward. On top of an already insane year, although anything election-related might be giving you hives, Avant-Youth presents a different point of view. The election – gamified.

Avant-Youth is an Atlanta-based newsmagazine of the youth, devoted entirely to covering its residents and neighboring humans. We provide original reporting, retain editorial independence and collaborate with our readers to offer helpful, actionable news and information.

The hope? To achieve engaged citizenry early, because it’s messy out there.

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Imani Benjamin

The Election – Gamified

Being an informed voter is much more than knowing who’s a Democrat and who’s a Republican. It’s much more than just doing a cursory internet search on the policies that your party and their chosen candidate has put forward. On top of an already insane year, although anything election-related might be giving you hives, Avant-Youth presents a different point of view. The election – gamified.

Cierra Ward

Why you should attend a silent disco

Silence Activations and their “silent headphones” definitely cater to any and all age groups. You can use them for your birthday party, wedding or small get-togethers.

Imani Benjamin

Scorpio 2020 Horoscope (October 24 – November 21)

After justice and order, chaos reigns supreme. The emotional Scorpio follows after the judicious Libra. The water sign lets loose the emotions and passions that were held back the previous season. 

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

In case 2020 wasn’t dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others. Each hijacked account posted a similar fake message. The high-profile individual or company wanted to philanthropically give back to the community during COVID-19 and would double any donations made to a bitcoin wallet, identical messages said. The donations followed.
The hack on the surface may appear to be a run-of-the-mill financial scam. But the breach has chilling implications for democracy.

Cierra Ward

Congress Delays Vote on MORE Act: Why this is a Major Blow to my Community

Thousands of Black and Latinx people are currently sitting in prison on marijuana trafficking and distribution charges. Meanwhile, predominantly white dispensary owners are enjoying the profit from selling the same exact thing. Congress must take a vote – it is a necessary step towards the racial equality that my community deserves.

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Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

As a researcher who studies how communications technologies are used during crises, I’ve found that this mix of information types makes it difficult for people, including those who build and run online platforms, to distinguish an organic rumor from an organized disinformation campaign. And this challenge is not getting any easier as efforts to understand and respond to COVID-19 get caught up in the political machinations of this year’s presidential election.

How’re we doing, Atlanta?

No, we’re not asking for feedback here – literally, how are you doing, today? How’re you feeling today? The current mental health space of our city’s people.

10 Cozy COVID-friendly fall activities

Obviously, fall is going to look a little different this year with COVID-19 still looming large across the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean you’ve got to sacrifice your favorite fall activities. So, here are ten fall activities to indulge in that are fun and safe. If you’re a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things cozy and autumnal during this magical season, this list is for you.

OUR MISSION

To inform the decisions and actions that’ll guide young people into empowering themselves. We do so by promoting positivity through stories that offer a solution, as well as informational resources.  Avant-Youth is a media organization of the people, by the neighborhood youth, for the community. We provide a fresh, focused perspective on local topics that you’ve grown up around, for you to explore what matters most.  

Georgia Teacher Upset With School Reopenings​

As schools reopen across Georgia, school districts are allowing important decisions to be heavily influenced by parents while teacher’s safety concerns go unheard.

Biases in algorithms hurt those looking for information on health

Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health communication. Patients with chronic health conditions especially rely on social media, including YouTube videos, to learn more about how to manage their conditions.
But video recommendations on such sites could exacerbate preexisting disparities in health.

Election debacles: A closer look at Georgia’s voting system

On June 9, 2020, Georgia held their primary election, which opened at 7 a.m. Complications included a long laundry list I won’t bore you with, but it’s obvious that Georgia has some work to do. So how can we remedy these issues? By understanding who to hold accountable.

Libra Horoscope 2020 (September 23 – October 22)

This turn into Libra isn’t about evening the scales or tipping the odds in your favor. It’s about establishing order. Harmony is important to this diplomatic sign and a world of unequal circumstances won’t sit right with them. The only way to make this time work for you is to find balance and keep it. 

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PSA’s: (1) CHECK if you should get tested for the ‘rona. (2) THERE are testing centers all over the STATE OF GEORGIA, including free ones in FULTON. (3) TLC if you’ve fallen ill, but more importantly, #stayhome. (4) DONATE blood if you’ve recovered from the disease – this can help medical experts develop a cure [or other remedies to reduce symptoms or the likelihood of death]. Appreciate y’all.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A TEST IN GEORGIA