Youth News

From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:https://www.kfai.org/news/youth, Chavonn Williams is 17 years old and lives in Minneapolis. Her story looks at how politicians’ seeming lack of attention towards those below the legal voting age has caused many young men and women to not care about current political issues.

09-16-09

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The Department of Justice is working to ensure that Gulf Coast residents and business are compensated for this summer’s oil spill, but what about about the victims in Minnesota? KFAI Youth News Intern Mesgana Tesfahun sheds light on how the BP oil spill affects her community. Mesgana is a senior at South High School in Minneapolis.

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It is not uncommon for women from all cultures to fret about their hair. KFAI Intern Stephanie Perry takes a special look into why so many African-American women in her neighborhood choose not to wear their natural hair.

Stephanie Perry is a senior at the FAIR school in downtown Minneapolis. This is Stephanie’s second year participating in the Youth News Initiative.

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Guadalupe Sayers, a sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis, explores why students drop out of high school, and hears about efforts to keep students in school and re-enroll dropouts.

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A new statewide education alliance has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program:http://64.233.16

KFAI’s Youth News Intern Lech Lor examines the paradoxes within her daily life regarding body image and healthy eating. She delves into the causes and cultural consequences of the obesity epidemic and how it is affected by the American ideal of the perfect body. Lech Lor is a senior at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis.

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Jakkee-Patricia Phillips, a student at De La Salle High School, examines whether public high school or private high school graduates are at equal standing to receive college financial aid. She will include other factors such as affirmative action and ethnic background to bring an understanding as to how standards are created to distribute college funding to high school students.

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Chavonn Williams, a student at Roosevelt High School, explores the various forms of acceptance of the gay community in Christian churches. Through various interviews with gay-friendly church associations, gay Christian teenagers, and activists for gay rights, Chavonn will feature the current balance between the GLBT and church communities in the Twin Cities.

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From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:https://www.kfai.org/news/youth, Zahra Bashir is 17 years old and lives in Hopkins. Her story examines why more and more Somali-American youth are pursuing the liberal arts instead of vocations in medicine, law, and engineering.

09-14-09

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What is the status of girls in Minnesota? A new study by Women’s Policy Research and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota was introduced at the capitol on April 28.

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