We're taking the week off this week, but we'll be back next week ready to start the new school year, and hopefully with some new writers to introduce you to!

In the meantime, two quick announcements:
1) If you're interested in writing for us this year, but haven't sent in an application yet, now's the time. Send your resume and a writing sample to jstahl [at] voanews [dot] com. You should either be currently studying in the US or applying to study in the US next year.

2) Please join us in a project marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and other events that have changed lives around the world. The What's Your 9/11? project is creating a living archive of the events that will most define our generation, as seen through the eyes of the people who lived them.

Visit whatsyour911.com to see the stories submitted so far from young people all across the world. And consider sharing your own. Submit your story about the news event that most shaped YOUR life on the What's Your 9/11? website, or using the form below.