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When economics divide siblings

As a family’s financial situation changes, so does the experience and opportunities of siblings. Emiliano Villa hears from his older sister about birthdays with many presents. That was years ago. … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The end of the tampon tax in California?

California is one of 40 states where tampons aren’t considered a necessity, and thus are subject to sales tax. But just last week, the State Assembly approved a bill that will end … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adulthood delayed by rising rents

Youth Radio reporter Desmond Meagley feels ready to live on his own… until he gets a reality check from browsing available Oakland rentals. His situation is compounded by lack of salary prospects. “[My] … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Long Beach business owners field complaints of poor treatment by homeless

Long Beach has the fourth highest rate of unsheltered homeless people for major cities in the nation, according to a 2013 government report. The growing tension between the homeless population in … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pretty but poorer: Boyle Heights’ pricey proms

The average U.S. high school senior spends, according to a Visa survey, $919 on his or her prom. The high cost of these and other graduation events place a heavy financial … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Youth weigh in on new minimum wage

What do teens think about changes being made to the minimum wage in California? “If this is the land of opportunity, then people should be able to survive off a full … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why I support CSU faculty wage hike

More than 26,000 California State University professors and other faculty threatened to strike, successfully winning a salary hike beginning in June. CSU student and South Kern Sol reporter Randy Villegas supported his professors and CSU faculty … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

What would you do with $5 million?

“What would you do if you had five million dollars?” It’s more money than most of us will see in a lifetime; but six youths from Sacramento attempted to answer the question in … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fast food scramble: Stories about teens and their dinner

In a new series, Fast Food Scramble, Youth Radio reporters partnered with NPR to capture stories about today’s fast food market — everything from companies using emojis to help sell tacos … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Art isn’t easy: the real struggle of Long Beach artists

For many, art is considered an extracurricular activity, a luxury, or a frivolity. Artists are often perceived as carefree individuals, but the drive necessary to sustain a living through art is … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

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