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Community Health, Youth Voices

Out and proud – but I’m not here to answer your questions

When out with her girlfriend, Amanda Agustin is always being questioned by strangers and asked to explain her sexuality: “You’re so young, how do you know you’re gay?” There’s a limit to how … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Labels’ – a music video

This music video for the original song, “Labels,” reflects some of the daily realities for young women of color. They share their struggles and challenge themselves to find joy despite feeling branded according to … Continue reading

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Advertising, the media, and body image

With a barrage of social media interlaced with advertising, girls and young women today live with a confusing set of expectations about their identity and appearance. “[With these sites] we’ve opened ourselves up to a whole … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Goodbye to the one-size-fits-all Barbie

For nearly six decades, little girls the world over have idolized Barbie’s iconic figure—slim waist, long legs, flowing blonde hair. Last year, Barbie designers launched three new body types—curvy, petite, and … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

2015 Sisters and Brothers Conference youth profile: Sandra Muniz

The Free Our Dreams Conference saw hundreds of youth converge at the State Capitol in August of 2015, all committed to improving opportunities for California’s young people of color. Amidst references to previous campaigns, Sons and Brothers and the Alliance … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Interview with a transgender elder

Vicky Estrada, a 64 year-old transgender woman, has become a cultural leader in San Diego. In an interview, she talks about her relationship with her family and her community, as she reveals to … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teen girls flip the script on social media

We hear a lot about bullying, shaming, and the destructive power of online social life. But according to some Bay Area teens, there’s a trend of shunning those toxic digital dynamics in favor of positive, … Continue reading

April 9, 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

Children on gender roles

How do children today process gender roles and stereotypes? Do they define gender as real and unchangeable, and how early do these ideas set in? Hear what children say about gender roles in … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Experiencing the IGNITE Young Women’s Leadership Conference

We’Ced Youth Media sent five youth reporters to attend the IGNITE Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference in San Francisco. Timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, the event focused on … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

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