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Teaching Puberty Earlier

Today in America, puberty is beginning earlier than a generation ago. Researchers are debating the possible links to environmental chemicals, stress, and obesity. But regardless of cause, more and more kids are already well into puberty by the time sex education happens in school—which is usually fifth or sixth grade.

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Keeping Friends While Changing Eating Habits

imageWhen  I’m out with my girls and we get hungry, we try to grab food that’s both satisfying and cost-efficient. We usually end up at Mcdonald’s.

I find it hard to  muster the courage to say, “No, I’m going to go home and eat a salad,” and resist my usual medium fries. Listen here 

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How Young People are Really Using Snapchat

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Want to know what kind of pictures young people are really sharing on Snapchat? Just ask them.

A couple months ago, my friend told me about a new photo sharing app called Snapchat. I downloaded it, added my friend, and soon I got a notification that I had received my first Snapchat. I opened it up, and saw my friend, Shae, giving me the McKayla Maroney “not impressed” look. Then the photo vanished.

That’s what Snapchat is all about: sending silly pictures that, unlike Instagram and Facebook, don’t try to impress your friends. And then those pictures disappear.

When I started researching the app for this story, most of the news reports kept saying that Snapchat was all about teens sexting. But none of my friends used it for that. So I wondered, what information are all those scandalized newscasters basing their reporting on? It turns out they may have been responding to fear more than actual data. Continue reading 

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Zoom Doesn’t Add Up: 1 In 5 College Women Raped, 0 Assaults Reported:
Posted by Robyn Gee on September 11, 2012 at 01:31pm
Journalism students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, recently published the results of an eight month investigative series that takes a hard look at the culture of reporting sexual assault incidents on their campus. The stories were published in theUMD Statesman.
Emily Haavik, 21, and Travis Dill, 26, started by looking at data from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and other existing data sets. According to CIR, one in five women who attend college will be victims of rape or attempted rape during their college career. But when Haavik and Dilllooked at their own campus, they found zero incidents reported in 2008, one reported in 2009, and two reported in 2010. And in 14 years, the university had not issued disciplinary actions against any sexual perpetrators.
Haavik and Dill got their hands on the UMD police reports and sifted through them for cases of criminal sexual assault. They looked at surveys from the health services department at UMD. And they put out calls for victims to tell their stories via Facebook. Eventually, four people came forward.
“The first person we talked to who had been sexually assaulted hit me really hard…The whole time she talked about it, she wasn’t very emotional. But at the end, she talked about telling her parents and she said her dad didn’t believe her … And she started crying… That can be one of the most painful things — friends and family think you’re crying wolf, or you’re overreacting,” said Haavik.
Dill agreed, and said the hardest part of the investigation was reading through the incident reports. “Just the lack of empathy for these people was the biggest thing that bothered me,” he said.
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Doesn’t Add Up: 1 In 5 College Women Raped, 0 Assaults Reported:


Posted by Robyn Gee on September 11, 2012 at 01:31pm

Journalism students at the University of Minnesota Duluth, recently published the results of an eight month investigative series that takes a hard look at the culture of reporting sexual assault incidents on their campus. The stories were published in theUMD Statesman.

Emily Haavik, 21, and Travis Dill, 26, started by looking at data from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and other existing data sets. According to CIR, one in five women who attend college will be victims of rape or attempted rape during their college career. But when Haavik and Dilllooked at their own campus, they found zero incidents reported in 2008, one reported in 2009, and two reported in 2010. And in 14 years, the university had not issued disciplinary actions against any sexual perpetrators.

Haavik and Dill got their hands on the UMD police reports and sifted through them for cases of criminal sexual assault. They looked at surveys from the health services department at UMD. And they put out calls for victims to tell their stories via Facebook. Eventually, four people came forward.

“The first person we talked to who had been sexually assaulted hit me really hard…The whole time she talked about it, she wasn’t very emotional. But at the end, she talked about telling her parents and she said her dad didn’t believe her … And she started crying… That can be one of the most painful things — friends and family think you’re crying wolf, or you’re overreacting,” said Haavik.

Dill agreed, and said the hardest part of the investigation was reading through the incident reports. “Just the lack of empathy for these people was the biggest thing that bothered me,” he said.

FOR MORE ON THIS STORY PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE: http://www.youthradio.org/news/Doesn%27t+Add+Up%3A+1+In+5+College+Women+Raped%2C+0+Assaults+Reported

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Zoom Being Late To School Is No Longer Cool: Watch Out For Jail And Fines
Posted by Jaylyn Burns on September 10, 2012 at 03:29pm
Being truant is starting to mean a whole new thing. In some school districts, the criminal justice system is now punishing truant students with high fines or jail time for parents and students. If you’re a student and you’re late to school or absent, then you better be dying because if you don’t have a doctor’s note, it could mean serious consequences. But some schools are trying to help students avoid that situation… by putting tracking chips on them and watching their every move.
In Texas, the schools and justice officials are working together to ensure that students are never truant. Two schools, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, have decided to use electronic tracking chips with their students so they can keep track of who is where and when, with the intention of not losing the two million dollars they get from the government when students are in school. Parents are complaining about how uncomfortable it is to have their children tracked because of the possibility of non-school employees tracking their child. Some students also feel that this is really unfair and they don’t like it at all, according to the Atlantic.
In the rest of Texas, Virginia, Georgia, and even California truant students are being sent right to court. Students and parents are fined up to 500 dollars or even sent to jail for being absent without an excuse. One mother of a sick kid was charged 195 dollars for taking her child to the doctor, but didn’t get the doctor’s note to the school on time, according to the article. Some of these places are doing it to make sure that kids are in school. But some other places like Virginia are doing it to simply boost their arrest rates. School districts might even get a cut of the truancy fines.
Seeing it from the school’s perspective, I can understand why they want to make sure that their students are at school and on time. They get paid for students showing up, and that money goes towards new books and other school supplies. I don’t agree with the extremity of taking a child to jail because they were late or absent to school, or making the parents pay money for it. If you come from a family that can’t afford to pay that money, then a student can go to jail. That can blemish their record for life and ruin chances of going to college and getting jobs that look at your criminal record. I think that they are taking this too far. 
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Being Late To School Is No Longer Cool: Watch Out For Jail And Fines

Posted by Jaylyn Burns on September 10, 2012 at 03:29pm

Being truant is starting to mean a whole new thing. In some school districts, the criminal justice system is now punishing truant students with high fines or jail time for parents and students. If you’re a student and you’re late to school or absent, then you better be dying because if you don’t have a doctor’s note, it could mean serious consequences. But some schools are trying to help students avoid that situation… by putting tracking chips on them and watching their every move.

In Texas, the schools and justice officials are working together to ensure that students are never truant. Two schools, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, have decided to use electronic tracking chips with their students so they can keep track of who is where and when, with the intention of not losing the two million dollars they get from the government when students are in school. Parents are complaining about how uncomfortable it is to have their children tracked because of the possibility of non-school employees tracking their child. Some students also feel that this is really unfair and they don’t like it at all, according to the Atlantic.

In the rest of Texas, Virginia, Georgia, and even California truant students are being sent right to court. Students and parents are fined up to 500 dollars or even sent to jail for being absent without an excuse. One mother of a sick kid was charged 195 dollars for taking her child to the doctor, but didn’t get the doctor’s note to the school on time, according to the article. Some of these places are doing it to make sure that kids are in school. But some other places like Virginia are doing it to simply boost their arrest rates. School districts might even get a cut of the truancy fines.

Seeing it from the school’s perspective, I can understand why they want to make sure that their students are at school and on time. They get paid for students showing up, and that money goes towards new books and other school supplies. I don’t agree with the extremity of taking a child to jail because they were late or absent to school, or making the parents pay money for it. If you come from a family that can’t afford to pay that money, then a student can go to jail. That can blemish their record for life and ruin chances of going to college and getting jobs that look at your criminal record. I think that they are taking this too far. 

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Zoom Story From A Student Borrower: Loan Payments Come After Electricity Bills:
One kind of business is thriving in the midst of today’s struggling economy: debt collection agencies in charge of tracking down student borrowers.
According to the New York Times, 5.9 million people nationwide are in default on their student loans, which means they have been delinquent on their payments for at least 360 days. The federal government has launched income-based repayment options for federal loans, but there are fewer than 1 million people using the program.
Rachel Banach, 24, is hounded by debt collection agencies. In total, she is delinquent on approximately $39,000 in loans. Her only hope? Be approved for more loans so she can go back to school. Check out her story below.
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As I look through my student loan documents to verify how much I owe for this article, it becomes even more daunting, real and overwhelming. I see in print how irresponsible I’m being, but I still feel like I have no choice. And I hate it.
I owe close to 10K to Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, close to 19K to the U.S. Department of Education and close to 10K to Chase Bank. I get updated account summary mail every week. I get weekly phone calls as well, that I don’t always answer. I have tried to consolidate these loans, but every place wants a co-signer and I do not have one.
When I started college in Michigan in 2006, I didn’t think my finances would be so devastating. My junior year of college, my parents “disowned” me when I came out to them. I just didn’t want to “lie” to them anymore, or hide who I am. I was in love and it was beautiful and I didn’t care who knew. That left me with not only financial problems, but emotional problems as well. 
When I get bills in the mail, I stuff all the papers and files into my Swiss Army backpack. I am delinquent on them all. To me, making a payment is like throwing money out the window, because that is money I could use in the present for paying electric bills, rent, and cell phone bills to talk to loved ones. I do have to keep my sanity. Making payments and then missing them the following month, results in late fees, and my interest rates going up.
I am stressed and anxiety-filled. I have to pick and choose my battles every day. I am currently working 40 hours a week at two different jobs and studying for the MCAT with the rest of my free time. Since sophomore year of high school, my dream has been to become a doctor. But now, my jobs do not leave me financially flexible.
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Story From A Student Borrower: Loan Payments Come After Electricity Bills:


One kind of business is thriving in the midst of today’s struggling economy: debt collection agencies in charge of tracking down student borrowers.

According to the New York Times, 5.9 million people nationwide are in default on their student loans, which means they have been delinquent on their payments for at least 360 days. The federal government has launched income-based repayment options for federal loans, but there are fewer than 1 million people using the program.

Rachel Banach, 24, is hounded by debt collection agencies. In total, she is delinquent on approximately $39,000 in loans. Her only hope? Be approved for more loans so she can go back to school. Check out her story below.

***

As I look through my student loan documents to verify how much I owe for this article, it becomes even more daunting, real and overwhelming. I see in print how irresponsible I’m being, but I still feel like I have no choice. And I hate it.

I owe close to 10K to Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, close to 19K to the U.S. Department of Education and close to 10K to Chase Bank. I get updated account summary mail every week. I get weekly phone calls as well, that I don’t always answer. I have tried to consolidate these loans, but every place wants a co-signer and I do not have one.

When I started college in Michigan in 2006, I didn’t think my finances would be so devastating. My junior year of college, my parents “disowned” me when I came out to them. I just didn’t want to “lie” to them anymore, or hide who I am. I was in love and it was beautiful and I didn’t care who knew. That left me with not only financial problems, but emotional problems as well. 

When I get bills in the mail, I stuff all the papers and files into my Swiss Army backpack. I am delinquent on them all. To me, making a payment is like throwing money out the window, because that is money I could use in the present for paying electric bills, rent, and cell phone bills to talk to loved ones. I do have to keep my sanity. Making payments and then missing them the following month, results in late fees, and my interest rates going up.

I am stressed and anxiety-filled. I have to pick and choose my battles every day. I am currently working 40 hours a week at two different jobs and studying for the MCAT with the rest of my free time. Since sophomore year of high school, my dream has been to become a doctor. But now, my jobs do not leave me financially flexible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUT SITE:http://www.youthradio.org/

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Zoom The Costs Of Senior Year:
It’s back to school season. That usually means ice-breakers, homework, and navigating a new class schedule. But for seniors, it also means breaking open the piggy bank. Check out the infographic below that breaks down the costs of senior year.
Based on reporting by Jaylyn Burns. Graphic design by Teresa Chin.

The Costs Of Senior Year:

It’s back to school season. That usually means ice-breakers, homework, and navigating a new class schedule. But for seniors, it also means breaking open the piggy bank. Check out the infographic below that breaks down the costs of senior year.

Based on reporting by Jaylyn Burns. Graphic design by Teresa Chin.

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Zoom DNC 2012′S FINAL PARTY:
By: Malachi SegersAt the Time Warner Arena Thursday evening there was plenty of energy flowing in the crowd. At every opportunity, they were constantly cheering and chanting “Fired up, ready to go!” and “Four more years!” I noticed lots of people checking Twitter on their phones at first, but by the time headliners like Joe Biden and Barack Obama took the stage, nearly everyone around me put their smart phones away. Check out the slideshow:
For the slide show please visit this site: http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/dnc-2012s-final-party/
For more on the Democratic Convention visit our blog:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC
WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR?
DNC 2012′S FINAL PARTY:

By: Malachi Segers
At the Time Warner Arena Thursday evening there was plenty of energy flowing in the crowd. At every opportunity, they were constantly cheering and chanting “Fired up, ready to go!” and “Four more years!” I noticed lots of people checking Twitter on their phones at first, but by the time headliners like Joe Biden and Barack Obama took the stage, nearly everyone around me put their smart phones away. Check out the slideshow:

For the slide show please visit this site: http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/dnc-2012s-final-party/

For more on the Democratic Convention visit our blog:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC

WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR?

09.07.12 1
Zoom VOICES FROM THE DNC:
by Bianca Brooks
These are excerpts of interviews with young people in Charlotte on their generation’s civic engagement.
Re: The Enthusiasm Gap Among Young Voters
“They say he’s a do-nothing president, a sitting duck, but he’s trying to get things done. I mean, healthcare reform, that’s crazy. That’s something we’ve been dreaming of since…Teddy Roosevelt. I mean, it may be because of the pessimism the Republicans are spewing out, but I don’t know. It’s just a culmination of factors such as that.”
-Sean Kehren, 18, Delegate
To read more of what the Delegates think please visit this sight:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/voices-from-the-dnc/
For Our Main sight please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OBAMA?
VOICES FROM THE DNC:

by Bianca Brooks

These are excerpts of interviews with young people in Charlotte on their generation’s civic engagement.

Re: The Enthusiasm Gap Among Young Voters

“They say he’s a do-nothing president, a sitting duck, but he’s trying to get things done. I mean, healthcare reform, that’s crazy. That’s something we’ve been dreaming of since…Teddy Roosevelt. I mean, it may be because of the pessimism the Republicans are spewing out, but I don’t know. It’s just a culmination of factors such as that.”

-Sean Kehren, 18, Delegate

To read more of what the Delegates think please visit this sight:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/voices-from-the-dnc/

For Our Main sight please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OBAMA?

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Zoom YOUTH DELEGATE & PHOTOGRAPHER AYESHA WALKER:

By: Editor
In 2008 Ayesha Walker attended the National Democratic Convention in Denver as a reporter for Youth Radio. This year she returned to the DNC, except this time as a California delegate. Walker is a tremendously talented photographer and has made the most of her access by taking many beautiful images both behind the scenes and on the convention floor, which she’s graciously allowed us to feature. Check out the below slideshow:
To See the Slide Show Please Visit this website:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/youth-delegate-photographer-ayesha-walker/
YOUTH DELEGATE & PHOTOGRAPHER AYESHA WALKER:


By: Editor

In 2008 Ayesha Walker attended the National Democratic Convention in Denver as a reporter for Youth Radio. This year she returned to the DNC, except this time as a California delegate. Walker is a tremendously talented photographer and has made the most of her access by taking many beautiful images both behind the scenes and on the convention floor, which she’s graciously allowed us to feature. Check out the below slideshow:

To See the Slide Show Please Visit this website:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/youth-delegate-photographer-ayesha-walker/

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Zoom OPENING NIGHT AT THE DNC:
y: Editor
Tuesday marked the opening night of the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, with conventioneers taking to the Time Warner Arena for the first time. Speeches traced two common themes — so-called women’s issues like abortion, pay inequality, healthcare, and motherhood, as well as economic justice & the growing class divide.
For the Slideshow Pictures Please visit this site at:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/opening-night-at-the-dnc/
OPENING NIGHT AT THE DNC:

y: Editor

Tuesday marked the opening night of the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, with conventioneers taking to the Time Warner Arena for the first time. Speeches traced two common themes — so-called women’s issues like abortion, pay inequality, healthcare, and motherhood, as well as economic justice & the growing class divide.

For the Slideshow Pictures Please visit this site at:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/opening-night-at-the-dnc/

09.06.12 0
YOUNG DEMOCRATS REACT TO MICHELLE OBAMA’S SPEECH !!

The day after Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic Convention, Youth Radio surveyed young people about the impact of her words. 

For More on the DNC/RNC please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC

09.06.12 0
YOUTH VOTERS: CAN OBAMA RE-ENERGIZE THEM?

Over the past few weeks, President Obama has been heavily courting the youth vote, visiting college campuses in swing states around the country. At the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, there’s a big push for youth involvement. There are 644 delegates under the age of 35, and even an official youth engagement coordinator. Polls show young adult support for President Obama at around 55%, slightly down from when he was elected in 2008.

At the first Youth Press Conference of the DNC, I asked the question on everyone’s mind: “What is dampening young adults’ enthusiasm for Obama?”

For more on this story please visit our site at:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/youth-voters-can-obama-re-energize-them/

for our main site please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC

09.06.12 1
Zoom GUN CONTROL ISSUES TAKE BACK SEAT AT DNC:
By: Sayre Quevedo
The last two nights at the Democratic National Convention have had consistent themes: immigration, women’s rights, the economy, and college affordability. But one subject that has consistently been on the minds of Americans for the last weeks has not been mentioned once: gun control.
In July of this year, James Holmes entered the midnight premier of Batman at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 58. Then on August 5th, Wade Page entered a Sikh Temple, killing six people and injuring four. And on August 24th, Jeffery Johnson opened fired on a crowded street in front of the Empire State Building killing his former co-worker. These incidents didn’t happen years, but months and weeks before this event. So why haven’t they been mentioned?
For more on this story please visit our site at:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/gun-control-issues-take-back-seat-at-dnc/
for our main site please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC
GUN CONTROL ISSUES TAKE BACK SEAT AT DNC:

By: Sayre Quevedo

The last two nights at the Democratic National Convention have had consistent themes: immigration, women’s rights, the economy, and college affordability. But one subject that has consistently been on the minds of Americans for the last weeks has not been mentioned once: gun control.

In July of this year, James Holmes entered the midnight premier of Batman at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 58. Then on August 5th, Wade Page entered a Sikh Temple, killing six people and injuring four. And on August 24th, Jeffery Johnson opened fired on a crowded street in front of the Empire State Building killing his former co-worker. These incidents didn’t happen years, but months and weeks before this event. So why haven’t they been mentioned?

For more on this story please visit our site at:http://conventions2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/gun-control-issues-take-back-seat-at-dnc/

for our main site please visit us at:  Live and Direct from The RNC/ DNC

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