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. “By the time I got old enough to remember things like birthday presents, the recession hit.” Read more at Youth Radio.Read More When economics divide siblings
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 the so-called “luxury tax” on feminine hygiene products. “The luxury tax unfairly punished a gender for needing necessary hygiene products.” Youth reporters weighed in on why they support […]Read More The end of the tampon tax in California?
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] roommates and I wouldn’t even be considered unless we made over three times the posted rent. My heart sank. Students like me can’t get jobs […]Read More Adulthood delayed by rising rents
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 Long Beach and nearby businesses has become a contentious issue in downtown Long Beach; community stakeholders recently hosted a panel on the topic. “People keep saying [the problem] is ‘unsolvable,’ but […]Read More Long Beach business owners field complaints of poor treatment by homeless
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 burden on students and parents, especially in a low-income neighborhood like Boyle Heights. “It’s tradition more than anything, what society expects, because she is going to […]Read More Pretty but poorer: Boyle Heights’ pricey proms
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 time job at minimum wage.” Youth reporters in Fresno give their opinion for a survey by The Know.Read More Youth weigh in on new minimum wage
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 in their demands for adequate pay. “My professors have a right to a living wage, one that represents just how hard they’ve worked to get […]Read More Why I support CSU faculty wage hike
“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 a creative way. Through photography, video, audio, and relief prints, young artists illustrated how they view Sacramento and how they would invest in the city to make […]Read More What would you do with $5 million?
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 to teens, to the disappearing $5 meal, to seventh graders’ fundraising for their school by selling meals online. “Not so long ago, takeout meant cheap, quick, greasy […]Read More Fast food scramble: Stories about teens and their dinner
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 less glamorous as it seems. “If you don’t want to be working nine to five, you sure as hell ain’t gonna be working nine to five. […]Read More Art isn’t easy: the real struggle of Long Beach artists