Youth News

Amy Neguse of Crystal, MN will be a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. Her story celebrates and unveils the 25 years since the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery’s founding. She currently volunteers at the nursery which cares for babies who in a time of urgency need a place to stay.

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Annika Williamson of Brooklyn Center, MN probes the different factors as to why teenagers have sex. Though “hormones” are the common explanation, Annika is researching whether this belief is true or not. Not only will she bring her own awareness of the dynamics of teenage sexual activity, she will also interview teenage mothers, doctors, and family members.

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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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Elizabeth Huncovsky of Minneapolis focuses on a system called the pipeline to prison. This system explains why men of color are more likely to be incarcerated, involved with violence, and belong to a gang.

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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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Shawnnise Watkins, of North Minneapolis focuses on teenage pregnancy and the aftermath. Her interviews include teenage pregancy counselors, and a woman who was a teenage mother herself. Shawnnise will share their perspectives, personal stories and feelings behind their unexpected pregnancy, and the role of the boyfriend in their decision processes.

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Stephanie Perry, a student at the Interdistrict Downtown School, investigates the impact of Bratz Dolls on young girls’ and teenagers’perception of body image.

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1300 people recently attended the 12th Annual YWCA of Minneapolis Circle of Women luncheon and fundraiser to hear testimonies of the organization’s great work as well as a special announcement of a

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.

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