A story from the Blunt Youth Radio Project about the rules at Maine's Long Creek Youth Development Center, which include no note passing. The young people there hate the rule and share their thoughts with youth reporter Jacorey.
Twenty-year-old Gerrin Hayes just dropped out of high school. He says growing up in a crack house made it impossible to focus on studying. But Gerrin still has hope. He has a mentor, Craig Zeno, who once was a dropout himself, and he makes a strong case for the value of school.
Today, more favorite stories from our eight years of storytelling. Growing up, Yafinceio Harris and Michael Wilder were members of rival crews and came close to armed confrontation. They eventually had a meeting neither expected – in the classroom of a community college.
Rodrigo Ximeno and his mother Marianela Manana moved to the US from Uruguay for work and an education. To their surprise, Rodrigo didn't fit in with other Latino kids. Soon he dropped out of school, ran the streets with gang members and got into trouble with the law. Rodrigo now wants to join the military--against his mother's wishes.
Danny "Big Dan" Mora once roamed the streets of East Oakland, Calif., as a gang member. Danny Mora now is a senior at the University of California at Berkeley with plans to attend Harvard next year. Danny believes it is important to not leave the community. In fact, he mentors young people, encouraging them to stay out of gangs.Also in this episode, Carl Cooksey's story from Detroit.
Marie Racine Montilla is a violin player and teacher. She’s spent the past three years working in Venezuela’s highly successful classical music education program called El Sistema. Also: The elections are past, and newly elected officials are preparing to get to work. Ann Zellmer’s story is a kind of worst case scenario of what can happen after the election.And: Reflections on beauty pageants.
Delsie Bailey became pregnant with her daughter Faith while she was in high school. She's now a rising college junior, raising her daughter with her parents and committed to making sure that other high school girls get sex education.