Priya Agarwal, age 17, and Anika Agnihotri, age 16 Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Rockaway, NJ A lack of representation in media has been a consistent problem within our society. Underrepresented family structures, such as LGBTQ+ couples or multiracial families, are rarely portrayed. Children in these families often feel excluded when they cannot identify...
Heath Chancey, age 17 Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, FL The homeless miss many of the common necessities that we take for granted when they become separated from a domestic sphere. The conditions of poverty make it difficult to participate in a safe and healthy lifestyle. Getting out of the cycle is a daunting task without...
Isabella Choi, age 16 Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ Teacher: Scott Lang Countless people of diverse backgrounds feel isolated in America, and miss a sense of inclusivity because of the lack of visual indicators of their culture and identity. The lack of visual exposure leads to ignorance, feelings of exclusion, and the need to “fit...
Norah de León, age 14 Brownsboro High School, Brownsboro, TX Teacher: Courtney Elmore LGBTQ+ people may feel excluded or misunderstood by doctors, counselors, and therapists who aren’t trained to aid with their struggles or who are close-minded and treat them unfairly. They may also feel ignored due to the fact that some schools ignore the...
Taylor Fang, age 17, and Hsar Sar Lwin, age 18 Logan High School, Logan, Utah We have struggled with language barriers growing up that have made it difficult to form friendships and a sense of community. English as a Second Language (ESL) students are separated from the rest of the school—further leading to exclusionary labels...
Dara Girel-Mats, age 16 Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL In Miami, the city attempts to control sanitary problems downtown, however, it doesn’t address the challenge that the homeless face with hygiene. The homeless have their dignity stripped away because there are not enough public spaces that include showers and bathrooms or allow access...
Julia Kacur, age 17 Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ Teacher: Scott Lang Homelessness, and in particular anti-homeless architecture and design, makes people feel excluded by pushing the homeless out of public places and moving the issue outside of the public consciousness. Homelessness is not only an obstacle for those who are directly impacted by it,...
Mohen Li, age 17 Radnor High School, Wayne, PA A major obstacle to inclusion is the lack of understanding of different cultures. Children are often fed false stereotypes about other cultures, leading to a harmful bias. Growing up as an Asian American, I have experienced this in the form of jokes and stereotyping, resulting in...
Lila Nathanson, age 18, and Adriana Poznanski, age 18 Communications High School, Wall Township, NJ Teacher: Laura Fallon People of all genders may feel discouraged with skincare and beauty products that aren’t catered to them. In a growing world of non-binary gender identification, people need to feel accepted now more than ever. Users might feel...