Several youth groups organized a forum for the mayoral candidates that focused on issues of concern to young New Yorkers. Six out of 10 candidates showed up but not for long. After the second question, the panel had dwindled to two and students felt dissed.
Listen to a story from two teenagers who offer an inside look at the current culture of marijuana, and hear their takeaway on what parents should think about if they find a joint in their kid’s bedroom.
Teenagers at a recent forum said social media outlets should do more to police explicit content involving minors while friends need to shift the shaming from the person in the photo to the person who violated her or his privacy by posting the images online.
A Radio Rookies story on sexual cyberbullying sparked a classroom discussion among students from the Academy for Young Writers who said they regularly encounter sexually explicit material online that involves their own classmates or friends.
Radio Rookie Reporter Temitayo Fagbenle will host a live chat for for high school students about the problem of sexual cyberbullying – often of teen girls – on social media. Join the conversation.
Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from the blood disorder sickle cell anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon – and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. She hates talking about them too. But Pearson, a student at Washington Irving High School, decided she wanted more people to understand the illness. Hear her report and an interview with a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.
SchoolBook wishes its readers and listeners a Happy Thanksgiving. The site will be dark Thursday through the weekend. During the holiday, take a moment to share this story from a recent high school graduate who almost didn’t make it through tenth grade. He makes a point of thanking one teacher, and his mom.
Staten Island was one of the areas hit hard by massive flooding from Sandy. Among the people that stayed, was the family of 17-year-old Tasina Berkey. Her family, like many of their neighbors, never experienced flooding like this before.
Four high school students from the Caribbean arrived this year at a high school in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with zero knowledge of the history of tension between the black and Lubavitch Jewish communities. A reporting workshop led them on a journey through stereotypes and misinformation to conversation and discovery.
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