We are Kidizenship — a non-partisan, non-profit media organization for young people interested in civics and politics. We are where civics education, creative expression and community action merge. If you’ve been looking for a place that will amplify the voices of engaged teens and tweens, welcome! You’re here.

The name of our magazine, WATCH US RISE, connects all of our content. Each piece we publish tells the story of young citizens coming of age, overcoming challenges, and listening to each other while making themselves heard— all of it produced by Gen Z contributors and an amazing team of young editors.

We’ve split it into five sections:

ROOT — Ground your knowledge of the present in the stories of the past

LISTEN — Sharpen communication skills and engage in civil discourse

LEARN — Get informed about protecting and improving our democracy

CREATE — Envision the communities and country you want to inhabit

ACT — Celebrate the youth leaders who are making change today

Kidizenship Team

Amanda Little

Amanda Little is our Founder and Director. She is a journalism professor at Vanderbilt University and is the author of The Fate of Food: What


Anna Harrington

Anna Harrington is a chef, creative director, and small business owner based in Brooklyn, NY. She was raised in Washington DC, volunteers at West Brooklyn


Joe Lovinger

Joe is a reporter at The Real Deal based in New York City, and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Columbia University’s School of


Darius Cowan

Darius Cowan is a graduate of Vanderbilt. He edited the university’s literary magazine for three years and believes that staying informed about the world around


Cierra Lockett

Cierra Lockett is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Loyola Marymount University with an MFA in Writing & Producing for Television. Raised in Memphis, she


Rachel Perrotta

Rachael Perrotta is a sophomore at Vanderbilt and is majoring in cognitive studies and communication of science and technology. She is from Cranston, RI, is


Evie Kennedy

Evie Kennedy is a Copywriter and 2017 graduate of Kenyon College. She is originally from Nashville, TN and now lives in San Luis, Argentina. She


Drew Rollo

Drew is a graphic artist, musician and printmaker from the Northeast. He designs film posters, screenprints, zines and the inbetween from a little house in


Jiwon Park

Jiwon Park is a senior at Vanderbilt majoring in Economics, and minoring in scientific computing and studio art. She developed Peerup, a social networking app


Dominique Greene

Dominique Greene is a sophomore at Vanderbilt where she is majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Computer Science. She was raised in Birmingham, AL.


Samuel Hyland

Samuel Hyland first-year at Vanderbilt University planning to major in English. He was raised in New York and writes about arts and culture. When he


Stephanie Bai

Stephanie Bai is a sophomore at Vanderbilt majoring in Computer Science. She grew up in New Jersey and has always had a passion for art.


Amber Yun

Amber Yun is a senior at Vanderbilt where she is majoring in Communications of Science and Technology with minors in Business and Computer Science. She


Charlotte Mauger

Charlotte Mauger is a sophomore at Vanderbilt, where she’s majoring in Public Policy with a minor in French. She was raised in Denver, CO, and


Tanya Iyer

Tanya Iyer is a junior at Vanderbilt University where she's majoring in Economics. She's originally from Naperville, Illinois, where she enjoys making snowmen and complaining