We The People Magazine (WTP) is the only political bipartisan magazine by and for teens and young adults that brings you both sides of every story. We work to allow everybody, regardless of class, color, creed, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or even political views, to be heard on a platform that respects difference of opinion.
WTP was founded only days after the 2016 US Presidential Election by a teenager, Harrison Romero, from the middle of nowhere: Erie, Pennsylvania. From there, Harrison gathered a few friends to help create what would become an online magazine with more than 650 followers on Twitter and readers from more than 36 countries worldwide. While WTP is definitely not done growing, it has shown great potential for the future—especially in a world that is in such dire need of a publication that lets everybody share their beliefs with the world.
Just weeks after the website went live, Harrison heard from somebody that he knew from the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, Ty Hobson-Powell. Ty had seen the magazine and thought that it was a great idea. Though it was not big and flashy, he was moved by the mission to prove that everybody has a voice. Through his advice, content, social media expertise, and other skills, he helped the magazine’s Twitter profile reach 1000 followers by the end of December 2016. Since then, Ty has started his very own foundation called The Diamond Fund which has given back to the community through scholarships and service.
Just one year later, in November 2017, Alton Northup joined WTP as the social media director and senior editor. He is the second-in-command, edits articles, writes (many) articles, manages WTP’s social media pages, and much more. Alton’s skills in social media outreach were apparent within his first week at WTP by boosting the site traffic by more than three times what it was. He is a crucial member of the WTP team whose dedication is driven not only by his love for politics but by his urge to prove that teenagers and young adults can play meaningful roles in society, even before they can vote. He knows that a vote is not everything and has helped make that into a big focus of this magazine. Teens and young adults are often disregarded as uneducated and ignorant based on false assumptions, but Alton views this magazine as a way to show the world that everybody can have a voice—young or old, Democrat or Republican, black or white, transgender or cisgender—because they now have a public platform that proves that plenty of teens and young adults in this day and age can be intellectual and thought-provoking.
While many publications may have official stances on certain issues, WTP is focused on letting everybody say their beliefs. These are the core values that make WTP so special.