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Special Series: Texas Youth Says Education Is Powerful

Twenty-one-year-old Karla Reyna, a first-generation American of Mexican parents, lives in Colonia Las Milpas, one of the many rural neighborhoods in South Texas that lack infrastructure and whose main inhabitants are immigrant families that fall within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development category of “very low income.” Karla, now a physical therapy student […]

Prop. 47 Is Changing Criminal Justice. Will It Take Root in U.S.?

Prop. 47 Is Changing Criminal Justice. Will It Take Root in U.S.?

SAN FRANCISCO — Sholonda Jackson has been circling downtown San Francisco in search of a parking place for more than an hour, but her tone is still upbeat as she talks about the day’s errand — filing out the paperwork to get the last of her three felony convictions reduced to a misdemeanor. Addicted to […]

Elders in America: Living on the Edge. Why We Should Care.

SEATTLE — In a small brick building in sight of the Ballard Locks, which connect bodies of salt and fresh water in this Pacific Northwest city, the aroma of meatballs and tomato sauce wafts up the stairs. In about half an hour, 35 or so regulars at the Ballard NW Senior Center will dig into […]

Special Series: Meet a Scholar of Peace, a Teen From Miss.

Anfernee Horton is doing everything he can to make communities stronger in Mississippi – and he gained his start in helping residents and neighborhoods as a youth organizer at the Nollie Jenkins Family Center (NJFC) in Lexington. Now, a civil engineering student at Jackson State University, Anfernee helped NJFC for more than three years and […]

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

Chicago Residents Want ‘Voice’ in Future of Dyett High

The parents, grandparents, educators and clergy have been starving themselves since Aug. 17, subsisting only on water and juice. The hunger strikers, who are now on Day 30 of their protest, joined scores of demonstrators who have taken to marching in candlelight vigils to President Barack Obama’s home in Chicago every night. About 3,000 petitioners […]

Special Series: A Fla. Youth Works to Improve the World

As a leader involved in social justice campaigns in Florida, 22-year-old Rebecca Krueger puts her heart into everything she does. Rebecca, a studio arts student at Florida State University, has been involved in social justice campaigns since her first year in college. “I saw a flier on campus for [an event that Advocates for Immigrant […]

Special Series: A Black Teen Campaigns for Dignity

When faced with adversity, New Orleans teenager Rahsaan Ison took what ultimately could have been a negative life experience and transformed it into something that could be used for positive change. In January 2014, Rahsaan was a student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), when he crossed railroad tracks and a parked […]

Special Series: A Youth Uses Creativity to Power Change

Curtis Hill believes in the power of voice. For the past few years, this teenager from Lexington, Mississippi has used his passion, intellect and leadership skills to work with other young people to refine and raise their voice so that communities can be better places. As a youth organizer with the Nollie Jenkins Family Center […]

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