April 18, 2021 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti; Edited by Adya Kumar
Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, individuals have begun to step up to promote change. Another organization that emerged during this pandemic to promote change is Global Youth Review.
Global Youth Review is an international literary magazine that seeks to amplify the voices of youth, especially those in marginalized areas, through various creative art forms, such as visual media, poetry, writing, 2d art, etc. Inspired by the unrest in cities due to false narratives, Sena Chang founded Global Youth Review to uplift voices and spread awareness of social issues that do not dominate our headlines today. Chang, a freshman from Tokyo, Japan, has a passion for both politics and writing and she integrates both those interests through Global Youth Review. At first, she created Global Youth Review as a small initiative in her community of collecting diaries from youth in Tokyo to attempt to empower their voices and highlight what was going on in their lives during the pandemic. As it started to garner more attention, it turned into something bigger and better: an international magazine that projects youth voices all over the globe. According to the founder, the Global Youth review “seeks to use words and youth as a vehicle in which we help unify voices to connect various cultures and spread cultural awareness and amplify young voices''.
The main way Global Youth Review aims to “amplify youth voices'' is through their monthly issues. As mentioned earlier, the works in these issues range from 2d art, 3d art, watercolor, poetry, prose, and fictional works. Any form of art or literature that stems from oneself and is deeply reflective is accepted. For their first issue “Part of the Soul'' published this past winter, they focused on LGBTQ+ awareness month and showcased many works in an appealing way. These works are submitted by people interested in getting their own creative work featured! According to Sena, they are looking for anything that stems from one’s mind, is creative, and seeks to express something in a certain way. In fact, for each submission, the editing team provides constructive feedback on the work before publishing on their magazine. Although submissions for their next issue are currently closed, be on the lookout for future openings here or feel free to email them!
Love it already and want to join their team? Well, great news because they have a few spots available! If interested, check out their “join” tab for available positions and job descriptions.
What sets Global Youth review apart from other literary magazines is truly a global perspective of what is going on in the world through a creative lens. They have writing all around the world, ranging from Africa, Texas, English, and more. Since their writers are all around the world, you will be able to get a global issue of social issues in our world today.
The Bizz USA recommends that you check out Global Youth Review and get involved! Their passion for writing and empowering youth voices is something the world needs a bit more of, and it’s impressive to see young leaders like Sena Chang make a difference!
Check out Global Youth Review here:
Extra Segment: Entrepreneur’s Corner with Sena Chang
A mini excerpt from the interview with the founder of Global Youth Review, Sena Chang (S) , interviewed by Haarika Kalahasti (H), the Founder of The Bizz USA.
Q (H): “What has been your biggest reward and challenge in creating Global Youth Review ?”
A (S): “As for the biggest reward, it’s been hearing positive feedback. Some editors have reached out to me saying that they’ve found purpose in what they’ve been doing with global youth review and it just makes me so happy. I think also getting featured on various publications, accounts, and magazines has been very rewarding as well. But other than that, I feel like I’ve found a purpose in what I do. Although the impact might not be too significant, I am making some sort of change in the world and contributing and playing my unique role in this machine called society. And the biggest challenge for us has been organization. We didn’t really have a structure at all when starting. I feel as though that hindered a lot of progress, hindering our reach and for the kickstarting of our magazine. I think as a reader I could’ve done better in regards to organization and that would’ve helped us build a community, but also stay on our two feet. But, we eventually developed an organized system and it worked out well in the end. “
Q (H): "If you had to give advice to aspiring, young entrepreneurs, business owners, or creators of an organization like yourself, what advice would you give?"
A (S): “Never lose your passion and fire for initiating or founding for whatever you wish to create. Your passion is what will fuel you for hours and hours upon work. Once you lose your purpose, your organization will waste away with your passion. I’d advise you to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and a purpose for what you are doing. To be motivated intrinsically ultimately fuels you and that organization. One people sees how passionate you are about something, the more likely others are to support you on your journey. To sum it up in a single word, having a purpose is the single most important thing whether you’re starting a business, organization, etc..”
Q (H): What grew your passion for writing and doing what you do?
A (S): “Like many others, I would say my passion for writing started from reading and escaping to these different worlds full of fantasy and things way beyond my imagination. I guess I really like to escape and flip in and out of these worlds. I wish to evoke these same emotions in my readers as well and I think that’s how I turned to writing as a creative outlet. As I was growing up, I was unconfident and intimidated by others to share my voice and express my opinions. I think that’s also one of the reasons why I turned to writing, poetry especially, and now I’ve been able to give myself the voice I’ve really never been able to have since my childhood. ”