Founded in 2012, we were born out of a burning desire to feed young readers with articles they actually wanted to read. Of course, there are platforms out there that work with the most talented of young people spewing out poetic language that floats in the mind of readers and then settles like a snowflake. But they’ve got their market and thankfully, we’re not about that life.
We’re about raw experiences, raw ideas and raw feelings. Pure emotion. Heart in mouth language. It’s about giving young people an opportunity to express their thoughts freely without this notion that they’re wrong because they’re too young to know any better.
You might ask that if for four years The Box had been an idea in motion, why is it only being made public now? Why wait till 2016? Well, in June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. 75% of young people voted to remain. Nuff said.
We’ve had enough of the older, ‘wiser’ generation dictating play. It’s our turn (*cheeky grin*)…
Message from the Deputy Editor
The ‘news’ is a funny thing. What one person constitutes as ‘newsworthy’ is very different to the next person. The same can be said for the thoughts and opinions these news articles inspire amongst the many different demographics. The EU referendum is evidence enough of this, with the vast majority of 18-24 year olds wanting to remain in the EU.
What I find, in modern day media, is that there is a distinct lack of any platform that allows young people to comment, in depth, on what is going on in the world. Of course I am not discrediting the opportunities social media has opened for, especially young people, in regards to putting across thoughts and opinions. But is 140 characters really enough to put all of your thoughts across?
This is why I think that it is imperative that more platforms, like The Box, become available to young people. How else can we really sustain a voice in the current climate? We want to hear your thoughts and opinions on not just the political issues but whatever YOU care about! Whether it is a book you have read, an article you have found or even a speech you have listened to, we want to hear what you are feeling.
Having worked on my own blog and a website for my school, I have learnt just how easy it is to spark a debate or conversation on a range of different issues (provided you create the right environment). Much like the other projects I have worked on, I hope that The Box becomes a platform where you are able to engage in discussions and debate amongst yourselves as well as our contributors.
We hope that The Box offers you a new way to share your thoughts and opinions whilst engaging with others. So please flood the comment sections, share articles that you love and why not even write your own!
At the end of the day, this is a platform for you to share your thoughts and opinions.
Message from the Editor-in-Chief
In today’s society when people say ‘black lives matter’, it’s instantly countered with ‘all lives matter’. We live in a society where Donald Trump could become the President of the United States. We live in an age of post-truth politics or that’s what a lot of political commentators like to commentate. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that there are huge political, social and economic ripples occurring in contemporary society right now and young people are being left behind.
I can’t sit down idle, watching my fellow young people stand up for something, only to be sat back down. To be honest, I’ve had enough of sitting down. Not only do I want my voice to be heard, but I want the voices of other young people to be heard too. I don’t want to listen to waffle or political jargon, like most people, I just want those we trust in positions of power to do their job.
Sometimes it may not be easy performing in a job that holds so much expectation, but then why take it on in the first place? If you want responsibility then you’ve got to deliver. And that’s what makes me so passionate about being The Box’s Editor-in-Chief because I want to do a job. That job involves helping nurture a platform where young people are making the commentary that matters.
I want people to visit The Box, read an article and then feel inspired to make a difference. Sometimes, we might publish an article that may not have a significant bearing on your life, but for the kid whose name is on that article, it will. So as long as I’m the Chief, I’m all about opportunity and empowerment. I’m all about making sure that young people are heard. I may fail. But I don’t care because I won’t stop trying.
Be the difference today, not tomorrow.