Boys & Girls Club Volunteer-Turned-Employee Says Listening to the Kids Is the Key

Wynter Parham, 29, is surrounded by teens in the kitchen at the Boys and Girls Club as she takes everyone’s cupcakes out of the oven and decorates them. The teens laugh and joke watching her squeeze out the fondant icing in circles . . .

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Young Bostonians Pleased With Counter-protester Turnout Against ‘Free Speech’ Rally

With her 2-year-old son perched on her shoulders, Tomiqua Williams, 30, carefully guided her 5-year-old daughter’s . . .

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How a New York Police Official Targets Thoughts to Fight Crime

When Carlos Jennings got out of prison in 2014, he wanted to kill the person who helped put him there.

“I wasn’t home seven days after doing 10 years in jail, and I’m in the car with somebody else, with a gun in my hand, trying to do something to somebody,” he said . . .

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Mothers Whose Children Have Been Arrested, Killed by Police Meet to Organize

The mother never wanted to talk in public about what happened to her son.

For 24 years — since her then-17-year-old son Ronald was pulled off a bus in Washington, D.C., charged and eventually convicted of murder — Donna Heyward always avoided recounting the pain of losing her oldest child to the criminal justice system . . .

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Young People Suing Government, Oil Industry Over Climate Change Rally

Coreal Riday-White is an attorney working to hold the U.S. government and the oil industry responsible for climate change, a case that could one day go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court . . .

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Youth Today Reporter Wins Award for Social Justice Coverage

Karen Savage, a recent New York-based reporter for JJIE and Youth Today, has received The Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Social Justice Reporting . . .

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More Families Struggling to Feed Children Reach Out for Help in Queens

Three weeks after Thanksgiving, Rosana Borges sat at her dining room table and picked at the last piece of turkey in a Styrofoam bowl as she cradled one of her five children . . .

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Activists Hopeful ‘Torture’ of NY Teens Ends With Passage of Raise the Age Legislation This Year

Alicia Barraza started her testimony with statistics. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds who serve time in New York’s adult facilities are twice as likely to report being beaten by staff, she said matter-of-factly . . .

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Organizations That Provide Creative Escape From Prison Start to Connect

Life prospects appeared bleak for 17-year-old Terrance Williams on a quiet Saturday in the spring of 2013 . . .

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A Civil Rights Movement Grows in Brooklyn

Two meetings last week, one in a ragged community center across the street from a waterfront Brooklyn housing project, the other in a well-lit assembly room in New York City’s . . .

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