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] 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 […]

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FACES – Building a future with Rady Children’s Hospital

Health providers in San Diego say their industry needs students from City Heights to train in the healthcare professions — a diverse workforce to serve a diverse patient population. FACES for the Future is a career mentorship program that seeks to do just that. “FACES was created to help inspire and support youth in succeeding academically, and to prepare youth for […]

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For teens, jobs come from connections

Merced ranks third in the state’s index of “disconnected youth,” or people ages 16-19 who are neither in school or employed. Finding a job while a teenager helps grow much needed independence and skills, but when jobs are scarce, what can young people do to find paying work or a path forward? “[H]ere in Merced, with so many […]

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MET students learn in both the classroom and the real world

The Met Charter High School in Sacramento is part of a system of schools nationwide. Big Picture Learning, the nonprofit that helps establish the schools, has an education philosophy that emphasizes building professional interests among students. By connecting them with college level classes and internships off campus, students are more likely to envision their future beyond high […]

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Young entrepreneur inspired by history of black businesses

Exploring Instagram one day, Catory Goodman saw the phrase “Black Wall Street,” and a photo that got her interested in the history of black business communities. What she found inspired her to help reinvent that prosperity for people of color today. “Six hundred businesses, 20 churches, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters, six private airplanes, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, […]

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‘Summer Night Lights’ expands youth employment

The Sacramento Summer Night Lights program is expanding their youth employment for the program’s 2015 season, encouraging youth age 18 and up to apply. Though fun and games are highlighted in the job description, the program is at root an effort to diminish crime in the Sacramento neighborhoods where it is most prevalent – Mack Road and Center Parkway. “When implemented correctly, the community […]

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