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Zines for Progress

"I have a voice and I should make myself heard."
–Student zine-maker

Zines for Progress (Z4P) is a Miami-Dade County public high school outreach program centered on addressing topical issues through zine-making. By creating a safe space for teens to voice their opinion, encouraging them to think proactively about community issues, and opening doors into exploring The Wolfsonian's immense collection of modern-age material, the initiative sparks curiosity and social activism. From concept to production, the students collaborate in groups to shape their message and together leverage research, critical thinking, visual learning, and various indie bookmaking techniques to provoke thought and inspire change. Over the course of an academic year, the high schoolers gain vital experience in communication, negotiation, and empathy while expanding their understanding of contemporary worldviews.

Z4P is a signature program of The Wolfsonian's Discovering Design initiative, which is supported by The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.; Seligman Family Foundation; Wells Fargo; and The Garner Foundation. Thanks to funds from Wells Fargo, participation is 100% free for all schools.

View the accomplishments of past student participants at zines.wolfsonian.org.

Participating Schools

  • 2019–20
    Cutler Bay Senior High
    Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)
    Dr. Michael Krop Senior High
    G.H. Braddock Senior High
    iPreparatory Academy
    John A. Ferguson Senior High School
    Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Senior High
    MAST@FIU
    TERRA Environmental Research Institute
  • 2018–19

    Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH)
    Dr. Michael Krop Senior High
    G.H. Braddock Senior High
    iPreparatory Academy
    International Studies Preparatory Academy
    Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Senior High
    Miami Beach Senior High
    Miami Central Senior High
    School for Advanced Studies
    South Miami Senior High

  • 2017–18

    G.H. Braddock Senior High
    Hialeah Gardens High
    iPreparatory Academy
    Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy
    Miami Beach Senior High
    Miami Norland Senior High
    Southwest Miami Senior
    TERRA Environmental Research Institute

  • 2016–17

    COPE Center North
    Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
    G.H. Braddock Senior High
    iPreparatory Academy
    Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Senior High
    Miami Beach Senior High
    Miami Sunset Senior High

The Student Experience

  • Topics Explored

    Mental health
    Gun control
    Black Lives Matter and racism
    Homelessness
    Human trafficking
    Social media and communication
    Empowerment
    Foster care
    Feminism
    Spirituality
    Gentrification
    Bullying
    Immigration
    LGBTQ+ and gender identity
    Racism and discrimination
    Poverty and wealth disparity
    Police brutality and abuse of power
    Legalization of marijuana
    #MeToo
    Animal cruelty
    Climate change and sea-level rise
    Peer pressure and conformity
    Substance abuse
    Prison reform and privatization
    Romance and relationships

  • Feedback

    “I learned how rewarding and almost stress-relieving it can be to put your beliefs in a physical form.”

    “The most meaningful part was expressing a concept that I was afraid to express to the world.”

    “I stepped out of my comfort zones to talk to people more.”

    “To bring about change, you need to help others realize the problem.”

    “I am now motivated to better my community.”