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“Raise Your Hand” is a monthly editorial column written by high school students and their peers in collaboration with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Its purpose is to provide a platform for youth voice, particularly DOE students. Since its start in March 2016, over 25 articles have been published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 

We fervently believe that when youth are allowed to voice their opinions, amazing feats are accomplished.  A young adult’s concerns are not only about school lunches, bullies, or the dress code. The younger generation is just as passionate and invested as their adult counterparts in issues facing our world. After all, they are our future leaders.


2018


2017

January

Don't let drug use cripple your dreams

February

A good education should be healthy, too

March

Generation Zers not lazy, just doing life differently

April

 Trump: Doing more good than harm?

May
Let actions, ideas flow on conserving isles' water

June
Despite obstacles, robotics is truly inspirational

July
Foreign films expand cultural dialogue

August
Diabetes marks Hawaii's healthy rank

September
Build each other up, not cut others down

October

Should Kaiser have canceled football?

November
Bilingual door widens student potential

December
Discussions help pop political "bubbles"


2016

March
A commitment to change: Hawaii youth speak out

April
Looking beyond the mirror

May
Youth, creativity and the power of community

June
Remembering Lanai's hertiage, values

July
From Facebook status to shared voice

August
Tenacity is key to solving our problems

September
The true meaning of sustainability

October
Leadership not about a single person

November
Use surplus to invest in our future


December
Transition Center at Radford helps students adjust