youth http://kalw.org en Giving teens the space they need, at the library http://kalw.org/post/giving-teens-space-they-need-library <p></p><p>For many teens in Alameda County, the library isn’t just a place to study, it’s become a space for them to get away from mounting&nbsp;pressures from school and their social lives and a place where they can just relax and be themselves. For example, Oakland teenagers can come to the Asian Branch once a week, for game day.</p><p>Anna Xu is a teen advisory member at the library. She and the teen advisory group brainstorm ways the library can help meet the teens’ needs.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:58:32 +0000 Kelli Johnston 38703 at http://kalw.org Giving teens the space they need, at the library Hear Here: Eric Hannan remembers working at 81st Ave. Library in Oakland http://kalw.org/post/hear-here-eric-hannan-remembers-working-81st-ave-library-oakland <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eric </span>Hannan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was only supposed to work as the </span>81st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue Library's Teen Service Director for a few weeks. He ended up staying two years.</span></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:17:54 +0000 Ninna Gaensler-Debs 38100 at http://kalw.org Hear Here: Eric Hannan remembers working at 81st Ave. Library in Oakland Old Skool Cafe addresses new school problems http://kalw.org/post/old-skool-cafe-addresses-new-school-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Old </span>Skool<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Café<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a </span>1940s-themed<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> jazz supper club, run by at-risk youth. They cook homemade food, serve it to all guests, and perform their music, dance and poetry onstage.&nbsp; Working at the </span>café<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, they get professional skills and a support network&mdash;all while dressed in their </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> best.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:33:30 +0000 Lupe Hernandez 34497 at http://kalw.org Old Skool Cafe addresses new school problems County rehabilitation camps absorbing California's young offenders http://kalw.org/post/county-rehabilitation-camps-absorbing-californias-young-offenders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California has been in an ongoing struggle trying to figure out how to deal with overcrowding in prisons. The problems extend to the Division of Juvenile Justice, where the state&rsquo;s most serious young offenders are held. For youth from Alameda County, being sent to one of the </span>DJJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> facilities is one of the worst alternatives. They&rsquo;re spread out all over the state, which means it can be hard to keep family connections, and complaints of abuse and unsafe conditions have dogged the system for more than a decade.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:23:35 +0000 Leila Day 34491 at http://kalw.org County rehabilitation camps absorbing California's young offenders Green pathways to youth employment http://kalw.org/post/green-pathways-youth-employment <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><strong>More Than Just a Summer Job</strong></p><p>Pazhae Horace has a summer job with California Youth Energy Services, or CYES. It&rsquo;s a program that hires youth aged 15-22 to do free &ldquo;green house calls&rdquo; in their communities. They go into people&rsquo;s homes to evaluate energy and water efficiency, and then help install things like water-saving shower heads, or compact fluorescent&nbsp;light bulbs. Horace is 22, and this is her third summer working for the CYES site in Berkeley and Emeryville. She says that, at first, she was worried about talking to strangers, but now she really likes meeting new people, and helping them become more green.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:07:39 +0000 Jen Chien 33632 at http://kalw.org Green pathways to youth employment