You’re Not Alone
We are an outlet to amplify the voices of teens across the world. Through art, writing, and other forms of creative expression, we promote awareness of the hardships of mental health and loneliness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out the work of our finalists from the 2021 art contest!
Clandestine by Kayley Vu
“I felt very lonely and isolated during most of my early teen years. I never had the vocabulary to express how I felt, and I blamed my negative emotions on myself. I constantly looked down upon myself, and I felt very lost. However, writing was my outlet. From scribbling on tear-stained pages in my journal, I was able to find my voice and eventually produce national award-winning pieces. I felt like my voice was finally heard, my experiences finally validated.
I know that I’m not alone in feeling like this. 1 in 3 adolescents will meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder by 18 years old. Between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in adolescents increased by a shocking 20%. These numbers are only skyrocketing as we’re living through a global pandemic. I hope that this organization will provide a platform for your experiences to be validated. We will grow to not only better ourselves but also the collective of our generation.”
Gia Shin – Founder of YNA
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