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2017 has been a growth year for Youth Radio’s news team.
We published hundreds of stories by youth around the country, including over 100 videos, and five interactives. We expanded our national outlets to include Teen Vogue, The New York Times, and The California Sunday Magazine. Our NPR story about Noel Anaya’s journey through the foster care system won the Radio Impact Award at the prestigious Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Competition.
We’ve looked back over our favorite commentaries and features of 2017. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Best Of 2017
I used to dream of [adoption]. Having a mom and dad, siblings to play with, a dog. But when I hit twelve, I realized that I was getting old and adoption probably would never happen for me.
But the more I hear talk about “rural” communities like ours, the less I feel like the rest of the country understands us at all. People seem to think we’re living in the past.
Even though people of different races go to the same schools in 2017, we are not necessarily living in the same version of America.
Having to spend my childhood rehearsing for the day a police officer would pull me over may sound scary. And I’m aware it’s not something parents of all races feel the need to teach their kids. But the day it actually happened, I was grateful that my mom made sure I was ready.
After having my life completely structured for 18 years, it’s up to me now.
I like the sounds of the fields, hearing people speaking Spanish and the radio blasting ranchera tunes. It sounds like my childhood.
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.
While students who’ve experienced sexual assault are relying on Title IX, the Trump administration may pull back some protections.
When I tell someone that my preferred pronouns are they/them/their, I never know what to expect.
When I was a little kid, I didn’t really care that my new mom was white. As I got older, though, race became more important
13 students from Oxford High School worked with administrators to write and record personal stories and play them over the morning announcements.
Zola Cervantes, 17, knows the impact deportation can have on a family first hand. Her dad was deported when she was 11. This story was produced by Youth Radio in collaboration with Boyle Heights Beat.
During “promposal season”–which dominates springtime on campus–the student body crowds into the main quad, pushing forward to get the best view of the latest romantic spectacle.
My family has always been economically vulnerable — something a recent survey, called GenForward, from the University of Chicago, says is common among black and Latino youth.
I was 14 or 15 when I started rooftopping. It’s a form of urbexing, or urban exploring, where you discover the most stunning, vertigo-inducing view — either by sitting on the edge of a skyscraper or climbing up a construction crane.
Whether you’ve been on the pulse of every breaking news update or just casually skimming headlines, there’s one piece of the Russia investigation you definitely haven’t seen yet: Donald Trump’s very own Burn Book.