At jGirls Magazine, an online community and publication in which all content is created by and for Jewish girls ages 13-19, our teen editors have stepped up during these strange times. These editors come from all over the country (you can get to know the writing of two jGirls editors—Molly Voit and Emmanuelle Sippy—in this very issue). jGirls writers and editors are used to meeting on Zoom, where we hold all our editorial and leadership training, and where they gather weekly to curate teen-created writing and art. It is also in this virtual space that they have developed close and meaningful relationships with each other.
Our teens tell us that the fact that we can continue our regular programming during social isolation has given them a semblance of normalcy and continuity. They wanted to extend that feeling to our wider community. Over the past two months, they’ve brainstormed ways to help others create meaningful relationships online—and have built a creative and social outlet for the magazine’s readers and contributors, as well as for others just getting to know us. These teen-led initiatives have included a creative sprint and a discussion on racism and sexism in high school sports. We have yoga coming up and are planning an introductory workshop on feminism, as well as more sessions throughout the summer.
To learn more about upcoming teen-led programming and other ways to get involved, please visit www.jgirlsmagazine.org, where you can sign up for our newsletter and join us on social media.
—By Elizabeth Mandel, Founder and Executive Director, jGirls, for the Covenant Foundation