We are asking you to listen, really listen. Do not listen to formulate a response, but listen to understand.

And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds; are immune to your consultations, they are quite aware of what they are going through.

David BowieChanges, 1971

#DearAdultWorld was born from repression, from pain, from the hearts and minds of young, passionate people longing for a platform to amplify their voices. #DearAdultWorld is that platform. It’s simple: we want teens to be heard, and adults to listen.

#DearAdultWorld is broken up by societal issue, issues that we feel our generation is uniquely qualified to tackle. Our generation is more connected, informed, and much louder than those of the past. We were raised with smartphones in hand, eyes and ears open to struggles far beyond our own. It is now time to enact change using our long silenced voices.

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A Call for Submissions

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Meet Our Team

The #DearAdultWorld staff is a cohort of devoted activists, artists, and creatives working towards amplifying teen voices and enacting change.

Calvin Ryerse, 18

Editor in Chief

Calvin Ryerse, 18, is a recent graduate of the Don Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale, AR. He is a passionate activist, amateur documentary filmmaker, and avid historian. He now lives in New York City where he attends the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School. He plans to study history and film.

Diana Campos, 17


Diana Campos, 17, is a rising senior at Springdale High School. She’s involved in student council, the swim and dive team, the literary arts magazine, and is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. Although incredibly busy, she spends most of her time listening to music or writing Letterboxd reviews. She aspires to move far away from Arkansas and pursue a career in film.

Jacksun Shane, 18


Jacksun Shane, 18, is one of two art editors on the Dear Adult World staff. They attend Columbia College of Chicago and study photography and illustration.

Patrick Miller, 18


Patrick Miller, 18, can be found outside of Dear Adult World working part time at Flying Burrito or hosting a midnight radio show on KPSQ every Saturday. He otherwise spends his time reading and biking, and plans to attend Tulane University in the coming fall to study political science and English.

Ianna Williams, 18


Ianna Williams, 18, attends the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, and studies Studio Art.

Anna Guyton, 18


Anna Guyton,18, attends Reed College in Portland, OR and is studying Studio Art. She likes people watching, long drives, and candid photography.

If you are interested in hosting a panel discussion with our staff, please reach out to calvin@dearadultworld.com

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