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School Cutbacks Create Skeptics: Students Want More Than Words

New America Media, Commentary, Raj Jayadev Sep 09, 2009

When Pres. Barack Obama addressed the nation's school children yesterday on the importance of education, students at Andrew Hill High School and Fischer Middle School in San Jose were listening. S

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Student Voices on the High School Exam

New America Media, Jul 06, 2009

Whether they thought the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) was easy or if it is preventing them from getting their high school diploma, these young contributors agreed that the exam should be postponed forever.

Young, Bright and Incarcerated

Our Weekly, News Report, Shirley Hawkins Jun 24, 2009

Actress and writer Akuyoe Graham is buzzed through the electronic gates of the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California and walks to a concrete complex where she instructs at-risk youth three times a week.

Achieving the Impossible

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia , Commentary, Tanea Lunsford Jun 06, 2009

One of the biggest issues facing the more than 1.7 million children of incarcerated parents in the United States is poor school performance. But those who succeed and graduate must navigate the complicated and frustrating college application process. Tanea Lundsford, 17, is a member of Project What, a leadership program that trains children of incarcerated parents to be advocates.

Slackers, Moochers, UberGirls and Equals

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia , Commentary, Various Authors, Photo: Ann Dabney/Flickr May 17, 2009

With young women outnumbering men on college campuses, and layoffs in traditionally male fields now placing women on the verge of becoming the majority of the workforce too, ripple effects are felt down to the high school level, where girls identify their male classmates as slackers, and their mothersí unemployed boyfriends as moochers.

First Day of School Blues

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia , News Feature, Vanessa Vega Sep 19, 2008

A teenager, determined to make something of her life, faces one of the biggest challenges of her life when the principal of her continuation school for at-risk youth kicks her out because she's not able to prove her residency. But the teen isn't about to give up.

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A Handwritten Letter to Mom

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Personal Voice, YO!/Changing The Odds Interns Sep 10, 2008

Youth wrote anonymous letters to their parents, telling mom and dad how they could have helped the students succeed in school.

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Private School Outcast

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Commentary, Ashley Smith Oct 30, 2007

The resurgence of overtly racist imagery has been the big story lately, but for a young black woman at a predominately white private school, subtle racism is a tradeoff for a stellar education.

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Itís Never Too Late to Go Back to School

New America Media, Commentary, David Madrid, Sr. Sep 24, 2007

Some 10 years after he was lured away from high school by a full-time job and a lack of support by educators, this writer heads back to earn a diploma he now needs to move ahead in his career.

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Who Asked Us? The History of My G.P.A. (Gradual Pursuit of Academics)

New America Media, Commentary, Lanette Scott Aug 14, 2007

Californiaís foster care system is often criticized for separating families and placing fragile young people in uncaring environments. One young writer, however, credits her foster family with helping her develop self-confidence and an appreciation for the value of education.

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