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KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine and website that empowers youth everywhere to tackle life’s big questions. Its mission is to provide a forum for teens to dialogue about questions of meaning in a safe and moderated online community. Teens share original artwork, essays, and poetry, and weigh in about their communities in the Global Beat column.

KidSpirit supports the development of youth into world citizens with strong inner grounding. Contributors to KidSpirit run the gamut from Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist, to unaffiliated youth of mixed backgrounds. Themes are chosen and submissions edited monthly by an all-youth Editorial Board. KidSpirit has established Satellite Editorial Boards in seven locations in the U.S. and abroad.

KidSpirit is a two-time Wilbur Award winner: in 2014 for its Interfaith Connections column, in 2012 in the Youth Books category for its compilation volume, the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume 1. It is also a two-time Parents' Choice Award winner, garnering recognition in both 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the magazine earned an honorable mention for its Interfaith Connections column from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA), and in 2012, it won second place for Religion Story Layout and Design of the Year. KidSpirit has been honored by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) as a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Awards and the Golden Lamp Award. The magazine is a Gold Award winner from Mom’s Choice Awards and the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA).

Teachers and youth workers are encouraged to visit KidSpirit to find free teaching resources, and to submit their students’ work to this unique publication. In addition to its website, KidSpirit has published three compilation volumes, which can be found here. More information can be found at KidSpirit Online, or by emailing info@kidspiritonline.com.

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Entries by KidSpirit

One Last Letter for You, Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 3:35 PM

By contributing writer Maria Christian for KidSpirit's winter issue on The Word.

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Dear Santa,

Your identity was revealed to me in a book. The book was written for people three times my age, but I read it...

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Finding Comfort in Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:02 PM

By contributing writer Celie Johnson for KidSpirit's Numbers and Symbols issue.

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Artwork by KidSpirit contributor Ellie Greene.

My spirituality revolves around the use of numbers and symbols, a cloud of reasoning and a bit of mysticism. I believe...

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The Soul and The Mind: An Indian Outlook on Progress

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:17 PM

By contributing writer Swastika Jajoo for KidSpirit's Discovery and Progress issue.

John F. Kennedy famously said, "The best road to progress is freedom's road."

The idea of human progress has long been a topic for discussion and introspection. From scientists to philosophers, technicians to housewives, human progress has...

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Rising Above Borders

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:58 PM

This post is authored by Ammara Mohsin.

It was with much excitement over the prospect of being able to see a new country, albeit from afar, that I visited the Indo-Pak Wagah Border in Lahore.

The car came to a screeching halt some miles away from the gate, and...

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A Light in the Abyss

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:02 PM

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Photograph by KidSpirit contributor Merrell Hatton

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life's big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a...

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Beauty in Judaism

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:31 PM

By contributing writer Naomi Chasek-MacFoy for KidSpirit's Beauty and the Senses issue.

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Photograph by KidSpirit contributor Merrell Hatton

I am a Jew, by heritage and ethnicity. No one in my family is particularly religious; I don't think any of us...

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The Ultimate Superpower

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:24 PM

By contributing writer Gracie Griffin for KidSpirit's Interfaith Connections column in The Nature of Truth issue.

Truth. It is something you can wear emblazoned on your chest with a cape flapping in the wind behind you. It is a true superpower.

We think of...

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Awakening

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:13 PM

By contributing writer Melynn Oliver for KidSpirit's The Nature of Truth issue.

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Artwork by Summer Schauber

I have been raised in the Catholic faith since the day I was adopted. As a baby, I received the first sacrament: Baptism. Baptism...

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Jewels of India

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:52 AM

By contributing writer Niti Majethia for KidSpirit's Beauty and the Senses issue.

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India, a country full of different traditions and values.

India has a caste system with different classes in Hindu society: Gujratis, Kutchis, South Indians, Punjabis and...

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Growing Up Mormon and Feminist

(12) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:12 AM

By contributing writer Kacey Sorenson for KidSpirit's The Soul of Gender issue.

I am a Mormon female. My dad was my local church's Bishop for five years. As a result, I was the "Bishop's daughter" -- categorized and occasionally referred to as such -- for six years. It...

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Uncovering the Hijab

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 6:23 PM

By contributing writer Misbah Awan for KidSpirit's The Soul of Gender issue.

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"Towel-Head. Tablecloth. Batman. Ninja. Oppressed. Raghead. Terrorist. Do you have Cancer? Do you have hair? Do you shower with it on? Oh, you can think? Don't you feel...

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Evolving Gender Roles in the Vedas

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:49 PM

By contributing writer Nimai Agarwal for KidSpirit's The Soul of Gender issue.

For those who don't know, the Vedas are ancient Hindu scriptures, a vast collection of knowledge that stretches over many subjects, compiled in Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages known to humans. From...

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My Truest Hero

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 3:26 PM

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Artwork by Niti Majethia


As a Christian, God is my biggest hero. When people ask me what a hero is, I must refer them to the one in whom I believe. Since I have been brought up in a Christian family,...

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An Unexpected Path to Heroism

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 9:33 AM

By contributing writer Sharon Lin for KidSpirit's The Heroic Spirit issue.

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Photograph of sky by Merrell Hatton, KidSpirit contributor

My path to Buddhism was not without unexpected twists.

Born into a family in religious flux, I often echoed my elders'...

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The Role of Women in the Bahá'í Faith

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:07 PM

By contributing writer Ariana Resauladin for KidSpirit's The Soul of Gender issue. This piece was written as part of KidSpirit's Interfaith Connections column, a place for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life's big questions. In each issue, three teens...

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Celebrating Diwali

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 9:53 AM

By contributing writer Prerna Chatterjee for KidSpirit's Rituals and Traditions issue.

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The autumn sun warmed my bare arms and legs. Looking up, I saw the turquoise sky and the ragged clouds. I walked to the other side...

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The Beauty of Paradise

(32) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 5:28 PM

By contributing writer Umar Baig for KidSpirit's "Beauty and the Senses" issue. Umar responds to the following question posed by KidSpirit's Editorial Board: What do you find beautiful about your faith or wisdom tradition?

An end: an uncomplicated concept with a straightforward meaning. Yet the notion of ending...

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Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 6:30 PM

By contributing writer Mollie Griminger. Originally published in KidSpirit's God issue. In her essay for the Global Beat, Mollie reflected on whether people with different conceptions of God could live together peacefully, using her community as an example.

Since I moved to my quiet neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland,...

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A Fresh Look

(398) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:34 PM

By contributing writer Nimai Agarwal for KidSpirit's God issue. Nimai responds to the question "How has your concept of God developed? Is it still based on the tradition you were raised in or is it changing?"

I was born into a spiritual family. My parents practiced Vaishnavism, a...

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Mountains and Meadows and Some Kind of Wonder

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:52 PM

By contributing writer Allie McIntosh for KidSpirit's Creativity and Imagination issue.

As I write this, I'm looking out over a wide, vibrant meadow. There's a huge mountain staring back at me, snow-capped even now, in the middle of the summer. Birds chirp and the air is crisp. I...

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