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Being Voiced

Echoes Fam! We're growing!

In May of 2019, Echoes Media co-produced Janelle's play #voiced. The play shared the stories of six high school seniors growing up in world caught between social justice and social media. The cast later joined us for an episode of Echoes on air! and shared that they often felt they didn't have a place to participate in conversations that could provide possible solutions to world concerns without their experiences being discounted.

Because Echoes Media is about giving a platform to communities of people who often go unseen, that didn't sit too well with us. So, we're doing our best to fix it.

Introducing Echoes' newest family member, @be_voiced. For the year, these four students will be sharing their point of view on world and societal issues on Instagram. You'll get to hear their feelings, learn what they face daily, and see how they're finding hope in places that may seem hopeless.

Maybe, just maybe, we can learn something from them. We'll be keeping you updated here on the website; but for now, read about each of them below and follow them here on Instagram!

Welcome to the family, first class of @be_voiced! We're listening.

~The EM Team

Hey! My name is Jordan. I was a part of of the #voiced cast. I think that it’s so amazing that Janelle advocates so much for teens to speak their minds. I’m so excited that she’s giving us a platform to speak about what we think is important. I think it’s so important this day in age to be able to speak our minds about social issues. And before we can begin to yell, we need to be able to feel we can speak first. ❤️

What’s up, Y’all! My name is Lauren Harrison, aka Shessy from the original #voiced cast. I’m super hyped and grateful for Janelle, our killer playwright, for this opportunity! Our goal with this account is to inspire change, and promote teenagers with the motivation to educate themselves, as well as the confidence to speak up! I look forward to hearing and learning from you guys! Lets get this conversation started !!! :)

Hello hello everyone! My name is Emily Truelove (aka Hannah in #Voiced). I graduated from South Grand Prairie HS this past May and am now a Freshman at UT Arlington in the Musical Theatre program. I am so so so grateful to Janelle for all the incredible opportunities she has given us to express our perspectives on the world today!! I look forward to opening discussions with my fellow cast mates and all of you! Be sure to check out our #Voiced cast takeover of the Echoes Media podcast, link in bio!! ~Truelove

Aye guys! I'm Armando Garza, I portrayed Emiliano in the orginal #voiced script. Janelle, our playwright, has given us this account to start open conversations and spread some attention and knowledge about the issues presented in the current world we live in and share each other's viewpoints. I'm excited to get these going!

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