Helen Chen, Jr. Editor

Helen Chen, Jr. Editor

Hello! I’m Helen, a junior editor for the "Young Voices" section of BK Reader! Currently, I'm a high school student with a desire to explore all that the world has to offer. I’m also an educational advocate, community leader, journalist and global citizen. In my free time, I love to read, write, listen to music, or simply help out around the house! I’m a native Brooklynite and New Yorker with a love of the greatest city in the world!

The Tale of Laptops

Ever since school started, my Chromebook has almost become an extension of my body. I am using it all the time: class, homework, after-school programs, college applications, music, reading and movies. Whether you're a student, working professional, or a retired...

In-Person School Start Delayed as Brooklyn Teachers Struggle With Myriad of Problems

So … School Has Started?

Yes, it's officially been a week since school started, virtually. The Department of Education announced its plans to offer in-person schooling options for students earlier this month, becoming the largest school district to pursue a hybrid model. Other major school...

Yellowman, Dael Orlandersmith, colorims, family legacy, alcoholism, the Billie Holiday Theatre, RestorationArt, Jessica Frances Dukes, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Timothy Douglas ,

anatomy of bananas

the soft yellow phased with brown speckles skin rusty at its ends, smooth along the surface peel away the velvet yellow layerif you are skillful, no strings are left behinda perfect slatebut if you’re clumsy like methe stringy yellow strands...

Expecting ‘unprecedented’ voter turnout, Brooklyn pol wants more early voting

Why Your Vote Matters

Long plagued by a lack of voter turnout, especially youth presence, New York is currently the process of wrapping up its 2020 primary election. In a discussion with Olivia Brady, a Political Science & Government and Gender & Sexuality Studies...

filet-o-fish, McDonalds, fishing, Helen Chen

Ode to the Filet-O-Fish

THINK ABOUT that Filet-O-Fish for a moment. Savory? Mouthwatering? Cheap? What if I told you that 5% of the world’s fish species are extinct and nearly 70% have been “entirely exploited or depleted”, according to World Oceans Day? Overfishing is...

teens, coronavirus


I'm a student from Nassau County.  Before quarantine, I was attending school normally. There were procedures in place in case the school got shut down but nobody was too concerned, not even the teachers. Then the coronavirus issue got bigger...

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