Profiles of Youth Service Workers: Oneeka Benjamin

Oneeka Benjamin is the K-5 site supervisor for the SCO Family of Services/Family Dynamics after-school program at P.S./I.S. 41 in Brooklyn, New York. She has been working with children since 1999. OST Hub editor Sara Hill asked her a series of questions about her work.

Queer Youth Must Get Sexual Health Care While Incarcerated

As “bathroom bills,” military transgender bans and elimination of protections for LGBTQ federal employees demonstrate, we are a long way from a society in which coming out is a realistic option for all. The truth of this likely hits youth the hardest, who still risk family rejection, bullying, even homelessness for coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

5 Things You Should Know About DACA Youth, the Trump Administration and Congress

A little over a month ago, the Trump administration announced it was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, DACA has provided work authorization and temporary relief from deportation to approximately 800,000 young immigrants — Dreamers — who came to the United States as children. Today, these young people are 25 years old on average and have been in the country for at least 10 years — much longer for many.

Stephanie Krauss

Owning His Learning and His Future: Taliq Tillman’s Student-Owned Learning Experience

I met Arthur 10 years ago at a principals’ convening. That night, Arthur and I talked about how to make students’ learning memorable and meaningful. Today, Arthur is one of our inaugural Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. He is now a veteran school leader at the Met high school, a podcaster and college instructor.