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Urban Youth

Youth Culture: Uniting Nations Through Hip-Hop

Marlene Morris Towns | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Marlene Morris Towns

For decades, hip-hop has broken down political barriers and tension with international countries.

Students Become Teachers: What My Students Teach Me

Year Up | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Year Up

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI used to play "school" when I was a kid. I would teach my imaginary class the intricacies of building an effective Lego compound, and then give a quiz. What was on this quiz?

The Opportunity Divide

Year Up | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Year Up

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur vision is that one day every urban young adult will have access to the education, experience, and guidance required to reach his or her potential. It's the right thing for our young adults, for our businesses, and our society as a whole.

How Children Succeed

Susan Sawyers | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education
Susan Sawyers

What do you think? Do you and/or your children have what it takes to succeed?

Five Lessons for America from the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Christopher Emdin | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

I do not want focus here on what young black boys need to do to avoid incarceration, death, and poor schooling. Rather, I want to focus on what we all must learn and understand about the black male experience in order to make sure there is not another Trayvon case.

PHOTOS: A Bike Means Freedom For South Side Chicago Kids

AP | By MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Each time 15-year-old Reginald Graham builds a bicycle, the process begins with a ritual. He goes to the back room at the shop where he of...

League of Young Voters Education Fund Teams Up With Hip-Hop Producer Hi-Tek to Spark Social Change

Biko Baker | Posted 12.26.2011 | Black Voices
Biko Baker

The premise of Elementz Hip-Hop is deceptively simple: if you provide urban youth access to studio equipment, art teachers, and mentors, they can choose creative outlets over criminal ones, and ultimately live fuller, richer lives.

How to Help Young Men? Start When They're Children

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 12.11.2011 | Impact
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

We have every reason to believe, however, that early intervention is the cheapest and the most effective way to ensure that black and Latino boys can take advantage of education opportunities and be prepared for the job market.

The Troy Davis Case: Lessons for Urban Youth

Christopher Emdin | Posted 11.21.2011 | Crime
Christopher Emdin

In the midst of the bevy of emotions surrounding this case, it is important that we focus on the many teaching moments it provides us. Therefore, I outline 5 lessons that parents can learn from this case, and that must be shared with urban youth.

Junk Food Free: Never Underestimate the Power of Young People to Make Change

Meg Campbell | Posted 06.07.2011 | Education
Meg Campbell

Like the anti-tobacco campaign, this is going to be a long, hard fight to get healthy food in schools. But not impossible, and young people can be important front-line advocates and leaders.

Keeping Kids Safe: A Formula That Works

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

When "A Better LA" took on the challenge of keeping kids safe in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we looked for guys like Gary.

Homeboy Industries -- Hope Has a New Address

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the US and is in the front ranks of diverting young people from the trajectory that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment and premature death.

Urban Kids Find The Magic

Charles Campbell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Campbell

When it comes to literacy, the list of failing cities is as long as we are tall. This is my offering to begin fixing the deep-seated problems of worthlessness that afflict so many children who are not being encouraged to read.