youth radio

11:54am

Thu June 27, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Youth Radio: For teens finding summer work, soft skills are hard skills

Under CC license from Andy Oakley

Three years ago, when Christian Hernandez was 16 years old, he recorded a joke voicemail greeting. It starts off with, “Hello. Hey! Uh, can’t understand you.” It’s meant to trick the caller into thinking it’s Hernandez on the phone. Eventually, callers hear, “Ha, voicemail! You know what to do stupid.” Now, at 19, Hernandez is looking for a job, and the greeting which started off as a joke for friends is now a liability.

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5:46pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Youth Radio: Rethinking fashion after Bangladesh

Picture of a clothing vendor in Dhaka, Bangladesh where Bianca toured this winter.
Adnan Islam

I’ve always had a deep love for fashion. I celebrate fashion week like it’s a holiday. But earlier this year, I realized the true cost of my clothes when I met a group of women I’d been stealing from my whole life.

As part of an exchange program, I traveled eight thousand miles, from Oakland, Calif. to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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10:13am

Wed May 8, 2013
Cops & Courts

Youth Radio: New laws aim to help people get jobs after getting arrested

Brett Myers

Seventeen year-old Andrew is filling out a job application for a Jamba Juice in Oakland, California. He’s making his way through the basics, filling out his name and contact information. However question five posed a challenge. It was a yes or no checkbox which read, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”

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12:34pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Calling out students with mental illness won't make schools safer

Courtesy of Flickr user Conspirator

Mental health advocates want the link between violence and people who are mentally ill to disappear.

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed 20 children and six staff, lawmakers scrambled to respond to the public’s fear that schools aren’t safe enough. Some states and policymakers began proposing policy changes that addressed people who suffer from mental illness, because an investigation into the Lanza’s mental health history revealed that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and Sensory Integration Disorder (SID).

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2:10pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Education

Youth Radio: Undocumented teens out of the shadows at last

Marco Perez, a senior at Roosevelt High School, gained confidence from the school’s Dreamers Club.
Mitzy Ballesteros

Seventeen-year-old Marco Pérez seems like an ordinary teenager. He wakes early each morning and rides his bicycle to Theodore Roosevelt High School. As a senior, he is applying to college. Yet he has a challenge unlike those of most other college-bound students. He is a “dreamer,” an undocumented immigrant student with dreams of legalizing his immigration status in the United States.

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