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A Teen Take on Ed Tech

(3) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 4:17 PM

By Soraya Shockley

Remember when a TI-84 was the most technologically advanced tool in the classroom? I don't! Tech has always been a part of my high school reality. But as digital and traditional learning mix and mingle, reactions have exploded over whether education technology, or "ed tech," is...

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Comics Diverge: All-New, Diverse Super Heroes On Their Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 3:21 PM

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

By Raphael Johns

Nine year-old Gray Sansom-Chasin and his 13 year-old sister Zoa Chasin are sorting through comics at their home in Park Slope Brooklyn. They're looking for examples of comic books that get...

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'To the Youth of This City': Have the Cries for Justice in Baltimore Been Heard?

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:02 PM


The first day of May seemed to mark a turning point in the story of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died of a severe spinal injury incurred while in police custody. His death set off a wave of protests that turned violent...

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Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms at School

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:18 PM


Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

By: Nanette Thompson

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the 9th grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under...

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HBK Makes Its Own Rules Within Indie Rap

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 9:02 PM

(Photo by: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo)

He's worked with several of rap music's elite, including Wiz Kalifah and 2 Chainz, and now he's headlining his first nationwide tour. But before Bay Area based rapper/producer IAMSU hits the road, he and his crew,...

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The Inventor Is In: The Nashville Children's Hospital With a Mobile Makerspace

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 1:47 PM

By Noah Nelson

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

All around the country, computer hackers, artists, and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in "makerspaces," to share tools and build cool stuff together, like robots or musical instruments. Makerspaces are...

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Nurturing Conscious Digital Natives

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:44 PM

By Clifford Lee

Just what exactly is a "digital native," and more importantly, what should we non-"digital native" educators do to help students manage their online identities? That's a question Youth Radio--an Oakland-based, youth-driven media production company--set out to answer, by developing curriculum resources that prepare teachers to...

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From the Bay to Rural France: French Grief Through American Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:11 PM

By Eva Slusser

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

Photo Credit: Eva Slusser
Photo Credit: Eva Slusser

After graduating from UCLA, I postponed the monotony of a 9...

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Oakland's Turf Dancing: From Street to Subway [VIDEO]

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:19 PM

By Luis Flores

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

You might want to get up and dance after watching this video, but we recommend leaving that to the professionals.

Oakland, Ca. has always had a prominent art scene grown organically "on the block" by the city's youth. One trend that's made its way from inner-city Oakland neighborhoods into the public eye is the unique dance style known as "turfing." Turf dancers have found new audiences by taking their art to the most public spaces: subway cars on Bay Area Rapid Transit, the regional subway system better known to locals as BART.

iDummy, Slow Motion, and C4 Boom are all young turf dancers who have practiced their art for years. In 2011, a few of these entrepreneurial turfers took their street show to downtown San Francisco. They would dance on Powell St., an area with high foot traffic, asking for donations. After numerous complaints from businesses they decided to take their skills to a new platform.

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There is careful planning and strategizing that goes into what the dancers call the "BART street show." Recently BART developed a mobile app that makes it easier for riders to report disturbances on the train -- iDummy tells us that he thinks the app was made to specifically target performers like him. Now, turfers avoid riding trains that go to cities like Concord or Walnut Creek where, in their experience, riders tend to be more closed-minded about their impromptu performances. This may have to do with the demographics of these cities and who tends to ride on these trains.

These dancers say they feel most misunderstood when it comes to asking for donations. Once they have completed their dance routine, they announce, "the best nation is a donation." They emphasize that they never shame anyone who does not want to contribute. According to iDummy and C4 Boom, the biggest reward is to simply see people smile and enjoy the show. At times, people who do not have any money will offer whatever they have. The dance crew has received bottles of wine, packs of incense, body oils, and even leg warmers as donations.


As turf dancing has evolved, it has also become a more structured activity with occasional battle events where turfers compete with each other and against other dance styles. But there's something special about seeing a train show. So the next time you are riding between West Oakland and San Francisco be on the lookout for an energy-filled performance that is sure to entertain.


Youth Radio/Youth Media International (YMI) is youth-driven converged media production company that delivers the best youth news, culture and undiscovered talent to a cross section of audiences. To read more youth news from around the globe and explore high quality audio and video features, visit

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Retired Cop on What Went Wrong in Garner, Brown Deaths (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:12 PM

If there's anything the last few weeks have taught us, it is how difficult it can be to understand how things can go so wrong with interactions between the police and the public. One question we had at Youth Radio was how the training of law enforcement officers factors into...

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Trimmigrants: The Young Labor Force Of The Marijuana Harvest

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:46 PM

By Olivia Cueva

Photo: Kym Kemp Photo: Kym Kemp

Humboldt County, California sits along the coast about 200 miles north of San Francisco. It's not just known for fog and giant redwoods. Humboldt is to cannabis cultivation what Napa County is...

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St. Louis Teen Revisits Father's Advice While Anticipating Verdict

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM


By Ryan Henderson

Last summer, every day after baseball practice, I'd buy a slush from the same Quik Trip convenience store in downtown Ferguson where Michael Brown also bought his drinks. Now that burned-down corner store has become ground zero for protests...

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Black Women Less Biased Against 'Masculine' STEM Fields

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:19 AM

By: Isabella Ordaz

What do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and even Bill Nye the Science Guy all have in common? They are white guys. STEM fields are infamous for lacking females and people of color participants, but maybe not for long.

According to a study published by...

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Can an App Help You Set Sexual Boundaries?

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:21 PM

By Rafael Johns

California's governor just passed a "Yes Means Yes" law to address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. It states that only an enthusiastic "Yes" means an interest in sex -- a continual and enthusiastic yes.

Almost as soon as the law passed, news spread about...

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The Good And Bad Memes In #Ferguson Race Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:08 PM

By Rafael Johns

A friend of mine launched a depressing conversation recently, and asked me how much I think he is worth. When I asked for clarification, he pointed to a candy bar and said, "Like, am I worth as much as a candy bar? Or am I worth a Play Station? What would it...

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Photo Gallery: Outside the Funeral of Michael Brown

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Photo Credits: Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Youth Radio reporters are on assignment in Ferguson, Missouri this week, looking into the impact the shooting death of Michael Brown has had on the young people...

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Q & A: Minors Crossing The Border Don't Always Get Lawyers

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:36 PM

By: Isabella Ordaz and Adriana Champagne

A sudden increase in undocumented children attempting to cross the U.S. border has drawn the attention of mainstream media, and remains controversial. Children are leaving their home countries of Honduras, Guatamala, Mexico and El Salvador to escape gang violence and drug-related killings. The Office of Refugees...

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Kids On Hook For Limitless Sums After Crimes

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

This story is part of Double Charged, a special report on the U.S. juvenile justice system produced by Youth Radio.


Ricky Brum standing near the scorch mark left behind by a fire he set in a Manteca, Calif alley. Photo: Brett...

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Latino Students Lead in College Acceptance and High School Dropout

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:04 PM



By Cassandra Leyva Gutierrez
For the first time, more Latinos were accepted into University of California schools than their white counterparts. California's nine undergraduate universities accepted 17,589 Latinos, making up about 29% of all incoming students for the...

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Searching for Reasons Behind Segregation at Berkeley High

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:24 PM

By: Sophie Varon

The courtyard at Berkeley High, May, 2014.

At 8:17 a.m. in the courtyard of Berkeley High School -- four minutes before the first bell rings -- students of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds are laughing and...

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