Young, Black, and Ivy-bound

Youth Radio’s Mali Dandridge was ecstatic after getting into an Ivy League university—but very quickly, that excitement became tainted with concern about how her classmates would treat her as a black woman. “That’s my worry: that getting into Brown–one of the top achievements of my life thus far–might be diminished by professors who don’t take […]

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For Merced Union, School Discipline is an Evolving Artform

A lot has changed in the Merced Union High School District since the days of corporal punishment. Although the nature of discipline is still changing, schools are moving towards more progressive policies. “Teachers and staff are now encouraged to look at a student’s complete behavioral pattern before determining an appropriate course of action.” Read more […]

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Including “us” in US History

On September 28, revisions to California history and social sciences textbooks were made to include information about numerous marginalized groups, including LGBTQ+ and disabled communities. After years of focusing on white, straight, cisgender males, history books will now better reflect the diversity of our country. “It’s time to teach our children American history that is […]

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Why are high schools beefing up sexual assault policies? Pressure from teens.

Students worked to shape Oakland Unified School District’s revised policies for how school officials will handle reports of sexual harassment. Youth Radio reports on the change in Oakland, and how young people are pushing for educators to take a stronger stance toward protecting students. “My message is simple: It is your job to keep students […]

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Sacramento youth reporters’ road trip to San Jose for transportation summit

Youth reporters with Sacramento’s AccessLocal project toured the Bay Area and attended a special program to give high schoolers a taste of college. Hosted at San Jose State University, the National Summer Transportation Institute aimed to teach students about career opportunities in the transportation and energy efficiency industries. “I was excited and overwhelmed by the […]

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