Growing up, my understanding of politics can be summed up in two words: Republican and Democrat. But now that I’m 18, I don’t identify with any political party. My own political involvement mostly happens in front of a computer screen.
Youth Radio’s Desmond Meagley explores what contributes to teen suicide, and how firearms can affect the chances of suicidal thoughts becoming reality.
After months of preparation — working up the courage to come to terms with my identity and mandatory counseling — I was finally meeting up with my doctor to begin my transition and start taking male hormones. But I was thrown off when my doctor handed me a pamphlet about planning for my future fertility. She asked if I was interested in freezing my eggs before I started taking male hormones.
Growing up a black teen in the south, dealing with racism was a regular part of life. Like the time an older white lady told me I was the second funniest black person she knew. Uh, thanks. Or the day a white kid at my school called me over to his lunch table and asked if I sold weed. No, I said. Why would you think that? Well, because you’re black, he said.
Some residents who live on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay are concerned about exposure to toxins, because many areas on the island have been marked as radioactive. Young people who live there worry about potential health risks.
All over the country, young people like me are having strong reactions to the youth movement in Baltimore. With each young man killed by police, my peers and I feel anger and frustration, but that’s not all. This is our generation’s Civil Rights Movement.
A shower is my favorite part of the day. It helps me face school in the morning, or relax in…
Out of the nearly 900 emoji options available to U.S. teenagers, the gun is one of the most popular, ranking in the top ten percent. But lately, the gun emoji has been landing some people in hot water. Young people tend to be savvier about these things. But there’s still room for misunderstanding. Youth Radio Reporter Tylyn Hardamon explores how teens use the gun emoji in their everyday conversations.
The first day of May seemed to mark a turning point in the story of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man…