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When embracing your sexual identity threatens your faith and family

Fresno teen Sabrina Evans believes everything in the Bible, except that homosexuality is a sin. Evans is gay and her family belongs to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When she was seven, … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seventeen going on 30

Nisa Salazar feels like more of mother figure than a sibling to her six-year-old sister. Raised by a single mother, with only sporadic monthly visits from their father, Salazar said … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hiding teen homelessness

At 13 years old, Vrndavana Hines was kicked out of his house and became homeless. He lived out his teens on the streets, but hid that fact from school counselors, … Continue reading

July 8, 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

Fixing a broken foster system

Aaliyah Lannerd still remembers the day her family was broken up, as police arrested her father and separated her from her mother. Since then, she has learned first hand some … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coping with the breakup of my family

A daughter adapts to the reality of her parents’ splitting up, and goes from wishing they’d stay together to wanting to live in a more peaceful home — even if she … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Helping young people learn to grieve

Leah Wight found help through support groups on her college campus when she was stumbling through grief after her father’s death from cancer. She realized her younger sister had fewer options to … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

First generation teen has a foot in two worlds

Amber Ly was born and raised in San Francisco; her parents, refugees from from Cambodia, hold to the rural convention of the whole family staying together until their daughter got … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

With a change in wardrobe came a change in how I felt

Aqeela Starks remembers being dressed by her grandmother and told how to wear her hair by her older sister. Then she figured out she was different from other women in … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

How my dog helped me to come out to my mom

A child has to find a way of coming out to her family, and finds comfort and support in her dog. “If you find someone to talk with about it then tell them [what] … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

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