Welcome to the Catalyst’s Community Voices platform. We’ve curated community leaders and thinkers from all parts of our great city to speak on issues that affect us all. Visit our Community Voices page for more details.
Today we’re showcasing the writing talents of the St. Pete Youth Farm’s Youth Ambassadors. The St. Pete Youth Farm, the city’s collaborative urban farm project, looks for high school-aged youth (ages 14-19) to apply for internships. The organization encourages its Youth Ambassadors to “lift their voices through art and writing.”
This story was written by Ramona Mitchell:
Skateboarding in itself has become a community that I and many others around the world have chosen to go into. It allows me to feel free and it is one of the best ways for me to cope and express myself. The skate community in St. Petersburg is full of amazing people. They all love and care for each other; it’s like one big family. There are spots in St. Pete where skaters can go and do their thing, such as St. Pete Skate Park and possibly a couple of other places, but the eligibility of skating in some areas like downtown seems limited in many cases. Read the full story
This story was written by Aiymere Sanchez, 18:
The fresh water supply is extremely limited and will not last forever. Most people think that we could never run out of water, but they are sadly mistaken. The world has an unlimited amount of water, but only 0.7 percent is available for humans to drink and use in day-to-day life. Read the full story.
This story was written by Darion Newkirk, 18:
As I was researching vegetables that are easy to grow in Florida, three stood out to me. Broccoli, cabbage, and collards can grow with very little effort. Broccoli is an easy-to-grow plant that takes around 80 to 100 days. It doesn’t need much attention at all; you only need one to one and a half inches of water per week if it doesn’t rain. Read the full story.