Youth News

The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at kfai.org.

This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at kfai.org.

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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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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After experiencing the violent death of a close friend this summer, Patrick Henry High School Senior Halah Ali investigated the causes and consequences of teen violence in her community.

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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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From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:https://www.kfai.org/news/youth, Gaolnou Thao is 16 years old and lives in Minneapolis. Her story focuses on why teenagers tend to keep social interactions between people of their own race or culture.

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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

Annika Williamson is a sophomore at Champlin Park High School. This is her third year participating in the KFAI Youth News Initiative. Her previous stories were about beauty in the media and teen pregnancy. Annika brings us a story about her friend’s struggle with anorexia nervosa and advice on how to approach someone you think is suffering from an eating disorder.

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From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:https://www.kfai.org/news/youth, Rosie Vang is 16 years old and lives in Champlin. Her story is about the discrimination of women in the workplace. Over the years, discrimination has changed from being obvious and outrageous to much more subtle methods of discriminating.

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KFAI hosted six teenagers for the eighth year of the Youth News Initiative, June 18 – August 10, 2012.
Thanks to our students and their mentors for a fabulous year. Stay tuned for more information about our Youth News Initiaitve for 2013!
Questions? Call KFAI’s News Director, Dale Connelly, at (612)341-3144 ext. 16, or send an e-mail to daleconnelly@kfai.org
To hear stories from previous Youth News Initiative participants, click here.
KFAI is the major sponsor of the Youth News Initiative. If you want to donate to the Youth News Initiative, please contact KFAI’s Executive Director at (612)341-3144 ext. 23.

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