One of our goals is to support teens in producing adult level professional work. Recently JP Barbagelata, an 11th grade student at ATI San Francisco, placed one of his articles in Atlas Obscura.
Atlas Obscura positions itself as "the definitive guide to the world's most obscure places." It is edited by Sommer Mathis, who previously served as editor of The Atlantic's CityLab. It receives more than 1.1 million unique monthly page views. The website receives an average of 1,115,380 visits and 5,576,900 pageviews per month.
JP had previously published one of his photographs in Atlas Obscura. This is his first original article. It is both a tremendous validation for him as a writer as well as a significant feather in his cap for college admissions.
He had previously produced a professional marketing video for Kaiser Permanente for which he was paid. That one is the property of the corporation and can't be shared. But at the age of 17 he is already doing adult professional level writing, photography, and video.
We see this kind of work experience as profoundly valuable for the teens themselves as well as for their peers, who now have a direct relationship to someone their age who is achieving in the adult world.
A big congrats to JP!
You may review (and purchase!) his gorgeous photography, shot on film, at his website, https://www.jpbarbagelata.com. He also does custom portraiture for those interested!