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Speak Your Truth: A Youth Voices Project

YR Media in the U.S. will support young people in describing how their lives have been affected by foster care and the juvenile justice system to counter stereotypes and engage diverse audiences. Young people living in poverty are at greater risk of interacting with these systems, both of which often further perpetuate poverty. Their personal reflections will provide powerful illustrations of the complex causes of poverty and the widespread impact it has while also highlighting affected youth's resilience and strength. These insights, when paired and shared, are expected to disrupt deeply entrenched stereotypes. Using their approach and network, YR Media will produce personal narratives as well as social media content for distribution via their youth-run platform and partners.

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