WFTV-Orlando: "This Local Teen is On A Mission to Change The World For The Better."
A student from Seminole High School is striving to change the world by combining her two passions: writing and politics. "When you see movements empowered entirely by teenagers across the country, I would hesitate to say that teenagers aren't involved in making a difference in their communities," Kannan said. She said people should not underestimate her generation. "I think teenage girls do a lot more than people give them credit for," Kannan said.
VICE: "Meet The Young Activists Fighting For Reproductive Justice."
"It's never been easy to be a young woman in the US: although political outrage has coalesced most strongly under the Trump administration, women have been dealing with this shit since time immemorial, particularly women of color. It starts at a young age: female bodies are policed by sexist school 'dress codes,' we're denied meaningful sex ed, WOC are disproportionately affected by school discipline, and our stories are erased from school curriculums. Abortion laws, and the general stigma surrounding young female sexuality, is only part of this system."
"The 18-year-old writer described herself as a 'plant mom and activist' on her Huffington Post author profile, the kind of description that just makes sense for someone like her. Serious, but fun; humble, but proud. Malavika's writing has been called "easy to read, hard to digest," an accurate reflection of how she tackles issues like race and feminism in her writing: with ease and a subtle sense of humor. Her writing reflects her urgency to confront issues head-on."
Urban Asian: "Malavika Kannan: An Activist, Creator, and Storyteller."
"Malavika Kannan isn’t your typical teenager. At age 18, she’s already established a teen-run media company, written for top media companies, and crafted a novel. Malavika, a first generation Indian-American, uses her skills as an activist, creator, and storyteller to uplift others and enact social change."
"Malavika and her ambassadors harness the age-old tradition of intergenerational storytelling between women. But using digital tools, they've developed an international WOC collective that spans the globe in record time. We have no doubt that the future of the project is bright - and we can’t wait to see it."
"Malavika Kannan is a 17-year-old rising senior, writer, and activist from Orlando who founded The Homegirl Project: a girl-led movement dedicated to empowering women of colour. Emma Barnes interviewed her about the project."
"I’m a firm believer in the fact that all dreams deserve to be chased. So if you have an idea, go for it! As young women, age might feel like a barrier, there’s an increasing number of tools, networks, and resources for budding young activists."
"Local teen author, Malavika Kannan of Sanford, uses writing as a tool for change. Some kids covertly eat candy in their rooms. Others may put dirty laundry under their beds. For Seminole High School senior Malavika Kannan, her secret was a love of writing – a passion she hid until recently."
Vice (Broadly): "We Asked Seventeen-Year-Olds About Brett Kavanaugh and Consent"
"'Men like Brett Kavanaugh have gotten away with behavior like this for far too long, insulated by a society that rewards them for their misogynistic attitudes,' said Malavika Kannan. 'And yes, maybe boys will be boys. But you know what else they will be? Held accountable for their actions like the rest of us.'"
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FOX 35: "Student at Seminole County Pushes For Mental Health Training"
A youth-coalition presented a resolution about mental health initiatives to the Seminole County School Board during a board meeting Tuesday night. “The purpose of this resolution is to close the gap between the mental health services that students need and what’s currently being provided,” said Seminole County High School senior Malavika Kannan. She is a member of the coalition, which is made up of students, community activists and representatives of March for our Lives Orlando.
WFTV Orlando: "Students at Seminole High School Stage Walkout to Protest Gun Violence"
“We had letters written out with specific policy amendments we want our legislators to follow. We just encouraged our students to use their voice because together, we are a very empowering voice that can take on the NRA,” said Kannan.
Fox35: "Students in Sanford Stage Walkout Over Gun Safety"
Wearing shirts with the faces of the young victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, students walked out of class for 17 minutes, to honor the 17 killed in the Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Florida."Today, we stage a walk out at our high school to demand change from our legislators," said student Malavika Kannan.
"Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2018. The national program, now in its 26th year, asks young people in grades 4-12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives. Malavika Kannan of Oviedo, FL wrote her letter to Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of Slaughterhouse-Five."
JFK Library: "Announcing Winners of 2018 Profiles in Courage Essay Contest"
"Eight students received honorable mention, [including] Malavika Kannan, a junior at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, for her essay on Ayala Aramis, state attorney in Florida."