In life, there are a handful of milestones: first words, first steps, first day of school. But when you miss out on a coming-of-age moment, it can feel pretty sucky.
Coming Of Age
What are the experiences in our lives that shape our character? Follow the stories of Youth Radio’s teen reporters as they grapple with their identities, test their beliefs, and chase their curiosities.
It’s always awkward when kids I know come in as customers. The underlying context is clear: Instead of being out having a good time on a Saturday night, I’m at work, serving them.
I like the sounds of the fields, hearing people speaking Spanish and the radio blasting ranchera tunes. It sounds like my childhood.
Jobs are hard to come by in Appalachia, and chances are slim that I can stay here and be successful at the same time.
I’ve been interning at a tech company that makes mobile apps. Being young, black and Muslim, it’s a little intimidating working in a place without many people of color.
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It took more than a year for my DACA to be processed and approved. Now I fear that I’ll have to quit my job before I even begin my first day.
I was six when I met my mom for the first time. We were at the Oakland Zoo at an event where people meet foster kids. This tall, caucasian woman walked up to me and offered to get me a slice of pizza.
Since Lockett’s story was released we’ve received several responses on Facebook of people sharing their personal experiences to their reactions, here are some of those comments.