How to win a hackathon

At February’s “Hackathon” in Oakland, CA, a team that included Youth Radio’s Storm White won first place with their app, MyStudyBuddy, an app for busy community college students to organize study sessions with each other. Going into this competition, Storm White held an image of tech-savvy youth, one that did not reflect her at all. “I had never […]

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Women in Richmond still making history

Bisa French, the Richmond Police Department’s first ever African-American woman captain, discussed the importance of “planting seeds” in the minds of young people. Women leaders shared the stories of how they got where they are in their professional fields — politics, education, nonprofits, community activism, and healthcare – to inspire achievement in young women. “I believe that we, […]

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At first-ever town hall, students say they need more from teachers

When Long Beach Unified School District held its first-ever town hall meeting specifically to hear what students of color are thinking, administrators got a clear and overwhelming message: students need more support from their teachers. More focused teaching and guidance, they said, would help them stay motivated in school and see opportunities in their futures. “I feel like […]

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Attorney General Holder meets with LA County young men of color

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sat down with twelve young men last week in South Los Angeles to hear their concerns for male adolescents like themselves. Teenage boys from the city’s Brotherhood Crusade spoke with Holder about role models and law enforcement, and found a supportive ear. “I wanted to come out here talk to you all and listen to the […]

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A path to college in City Heights

Reality Changers is a program for youth from the inner city to work their way into a good college. Inspiration comes in the form of college graduates who tell their young counterparts to aim high, and who can relate to the life situations of under-resourced kids who might not have the support they need at home to navigate […]

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Lost a lung, gained a mission

Gabby Wilson was only in first grade when she got a lung cancer diagnosis. Years later, at a camp for children survivors of cancer, she had a chance to offer emotional help to others who had or are having the cancer struggle. She has gone further by raising money for child lung cancer research. “‘If you […]

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From humble beginnings to district’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Among teachers in the entire L.A. Unified School District, only ten are named “Teacher of the Year,” an honor reserved for educators who’ve showed exemplary dedication to their students, combined with creative curriculums designed to affect the larger community. Boyle Heights resident Isabel Morales, 33, won the award this year, and answered questions about what inspired throughout her ten […]

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With boxing, a teen learns discipline

Boxing, says Berkeley High junior Luis Buendía, can teach you discipline, dedication, and even maturity. He’s been training from ten years-old with his dad. Now the Buendía family is giving free boxing lessons to give other young people a chance to build these skills. “Instead of fighting on the street, they can take their anger out here, with boxing.” Watch the video on Youth Radio.  

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Sacramento students in Bank of America’s leadership program

Five Sacramento students were picked for the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, awarding them a paid summer internship at a local nonprofit organization and a weeklong Summit in Washington D.C. Visiting the capitol introduced them to inspirational speakers from a politics and leadership background. “It’s [leadership] not about your GPA, but your personal GPS. What direction are you […]

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