Britt Masback is a 17 year old high school Junior that believes young people have the responsibility to speak out and take action on the issues that will affect the world today and in the future. A Journalism nerd, Britt is the Editor-In-Chief of WANT, a news website that aggregates content from school papers and teen bloggers worldwide (www.wantnewsforteens.com). For the past three summers, he has co-organized the WANT Summer Journalism Seminar, which offers journalism training to high school students whose schools have dropped journalism programs or school papers. He is also published in the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, is a 2018 NY Times Summer Reading contest winner and the former sports editor for Sportskeeda.
Britt is also the founder and Executive Director of Youth Educating Police, a nonprofit working towards decreasing tensions between young people and the police. In 2019, Britt was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Portland Commission for Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP) and the Police Chief to serve on the Training Advisory Council (TAC) where he advises city leaders on policing strategy and community engagement. Since 2017, Britt has also served on the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC), a council of 28 civically minded young people from across the city, where he sits on the Youth Against Violence Subcommittee as a Voting member. Britt is motivated by Gandhi’s admonition that, “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no results.
Caitlin Smith is a Sophomore at Tigard High, where she occupies her time with cheerleading and overachieving. She is the president of English National Honor Society and French club. Someday, she wants to be a journalist that people from different places of nurture can rely on. Until then, she will continue to write for local papers in the finest little city in the world.
Li lambert, 15, is a teenager in Oregon who spends most of his days enjoying the relaxing notes of tv, video games, reading, and dining out. He is also a talented fencer and martial artist. The most important thing however, is li’s passion for news, especially news written by teenagers for teenagers.
Sydney the quiet hipster of the group is an avid equestrian who has been competing on horses since she was eight years old. She enjoys visual story telling, with an emphasis on videography and infographics. In her free time Sydney enjoys rock climbing, long walks with Grace’s dog Astro and sifting through obscure vintage stores.
A track star with an affinity for perfection, the written and visual arts, social justice, and the 400m. When he isn’t lost in his own world of, “doing nothing while getting everything done,” Juma is co-leading his school’s Black Student Union, attending conversations about issues in our world today, or engaging in intellectually passionate discussions surrounding the troubles of a teenage life.
Gunnar enjoys running and does it excessively, but finds it can help focus his writing and inspires even more creative content. Besides running he does yoga, rock climbing, soccer, and wants to try Frisbee golf. When not running around he enjoys a hot cup of tea, a nice book, and good company.
Being a California kid, Keegan enjoys warm summer days, road
trips, adventurous nature-related activities, and swimming in the sea. Although he plays a lot of soccer, he also is heavily involved in the musical scene and plays a total of three instruments and sings. His biggest influences include David Beckham, Ed Sheeran and Ellen. He just released his first album.
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Ameya is a New York Native who’s always on an adventure. She travels back and forth between her homes in Portland and New York City. Born a curious creative, she grew up exploring oceans, local libraries, art museums, kitchens and closets. She loves fresh notebooks, taking photos, sketching, street food, collecting quirky objects, live music, epic beach sunsets and all animals. She’s a news hound who is passionate about aesthetics and equity.
Maya has always enjoyed storytelling but only branched out into comic/graphic novel style recently. She’s a classically trained violinist and enjoys discussing current social issues.
Aidan is WANT’s resident computer genius. It is his prowess in CSS, PHP, HTML, Java, and more that keep the WANT site functional and dynamic. When not typing away on his computer Aidan is a talented singer and actor who starred as an secret agent in his 8th grade musical. He also enjoys playing the card game “Magic” and testing his mathematical knowledge in advanced physics.