March 13, 2012, Brooklyn, NY—KidSpirit, the online magazine and social networking site for 11- to 16-year-olds, is delighted to announce that it has won a 2012 Wilbur Award for the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume 1. Compiled into 111 pages of full-color content, the Best of KidSpirit Online won in the Youth Book category and features the most creative and insightful content published in its first year online.
The Wilbur Awards are awarded by the Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith association founded in 1929. These awards recognize the work of individuals in secular media in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2011.
The Best of KidSpirit Online honors outstanding teen work on themes related to ethics, values, and spirituality. The content was selected by KidSpirit’s all youth Editorial Board and includes articles ranging from an examination of “Humility in Hinduism,” to an assessment of Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu, to explorations of meaning, and personal essays which convey “Awesome Moments” of transcendence. The volume also highlights winners of the annual KidSpirit Awards and includes group guides and activities to aid teachers in supporting youth development. The Best of KidSpirit Online is a testament to the creativity and spiritual depth of teens the world over.
In addition to winning a Wilbur Award, KidSpirit has been recognized for its high quality youth driven content by several other prestigious organizations. KidSpirit was a Finalist in the 2011 Golden Lamp Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), as well as a Gold Award winner from both Mom’s Choice and the National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA).
An unaffiliated, non-profit quarterly, KidSpirit Magazine empowers youth to explore questions of meaning through original essays, poetry, and artwork, and supports their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding. Themes are chosen and submissions edited monthly by an all-youth Editorial Board. The website, KidSpirit Online (http://kidspiritonline.com), takes this mission further by creating a safe and moderated community for youth to dialogue in a social networking environment. The Best of KidSpirit Online is the first print compilation volume issued by KidSpirit.
KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum.