Voices Without Borders is an anthology book series dedicated to bringing young voices to life around the world. We are a nonprofit organization that is committed to giving expression to youth experience. Young people often feel trapped between childhood and adulthood. Voices Without Borders seeks to capture their amazing transformations in writing, art, or photography. These volumes essentially become time capsules not only for the students and families of those involved but also of the time and place in their societies and cultures.
Voices Without Borders wants to change all of that. Starting as a regional book project in the United States, Voices Without Borders is expanding to encompass the range of young expression from a global perspective. We are teaming up with schools and organizations from around the world to highlight the works of our next generation of authors, artists, and entrepreneurs.
“The real stars of this anthology book series are the countless youth who have courageously expressed themselves through writing, art, and photography.“
Barbara Kraft began the Voices From the Middle project in 2009 to give young artists and writers an outlet with which to express themselves. After 14 successful publications in the United States, she is taking the project global with Voices Without Borders.
Diana Jacobson has been teaching for over 14 years and brings her passion and expertise to the Voices Without Borders team. She has won numerous awards for teaching and is the project coordinator for creative writing.
Nicole Washington is a seasoned educator focused on art integration into the classroom. Her background in drama, dance, and creative writing make her a perfect addition to the Voices Without Borders team.
David Jacobson has over 17 years of experience in marketing and design, as well as experience as an educator. His knowledge of layout and design make him an integral member of the Voices Without Borders team.
Barbara Kraft started a project called Voices From the Middle as an outlet for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to share their unique perspectives. Centered at Carver Middle School in Springfield, Missouri, USA – her anthology book series is now in its 14th year of publication. When given the chance to collaborate with Springfield’s sister city in Isesaki, Japan – she realized the potential for the book series to reach young people from all over the world. Voices Without Borders was born out of the idea that young people anywhere are going through similar things – and that sharing their stories will bring people together.
As an English teacher, it was easy for me to get my students to write stories and poetry that could be included in the book. Voices Without Borders integrated seamlessly into the curriculum.
My daughter submitted a story for the 13th book in the series and it has now become a family heirloom. It gets passed around from house to house and is cherished wherever it goes! Thank you!
My son was on the fence about submitting his story, but since he’s gotten the book he shows it off to everyone who comes over. It has inspired him to write more and he wants to pursue creative writing when he graduates. It’s been really great to see him find something he loves!
I submitted my poem to Mrs. Kraft and it was accepted into the book! Now I’m a published poet!
We began including our students in the Voices From the Middle book series and it has become the pride of our school. We look forward to seeing what international students have to say. We highly recommend any school considering the book series to go ahead and take the plunge.
Roger Talbot Jr.
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