youth

Teens and Tobacco
1:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Teen Smoking Hits A 22-Year Low, But Other Tobacco Uses Rise

A teenager finishes her cigarette in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students has dropped to the lowest level in 22 years, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The percentage of students who reported smoking a cigarette at least one day in the last 30 days fell to 15.7 percent in 2013, according to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a large federal survey that has been tracking youth smoking since 1991.

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Youth Homelessness
8:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

At The Head Of Her Class, And Homeless

Rashema Melson lives in the D.C. General homeless shelter with her mother and two brothers. "Because you live in a shelter — that's not who you are, that's just where you reside at for the moment," she says.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 6:24 pm

On Wednesday, Rashema Melson will graduate at the top of her class as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She's headed to Georgetown University this fall on a full scholarship.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:33 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Young Black Men Pay a Hefty Price

David Canton is an associate professor of History at Connecticut College
Chion Wolf

President Obama announced a five-year, $200 million initiative to help young black men succeed. It's called "My Brother's Keeper," and aims to work with non-profits and foundations to search for solutions to the  problems of young black men. Leaders cite school and job readiness, discipline, and parenting as a few of the problems they'll tackle, but it's  mostly the bone-crushing poverty and low expectations that hold them back. 

This well-intended initiative put forth to help young black men succeed will  help a few beat the odds at the expense of the masses. The success feels good but may not change much.

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Juvenile Justice
3:24 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Transgender Teen Could Be Moved to Massachusetts Facility

York Correctional Facility in Niantic.
Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

A 16-year-old transgender girl who's been held at Connecticut's women's prison for almost two months could be moved to a Massachusetts facility in the next couple of weeks. 

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Student Work
7:45 am
Tue June 3, 2014

East Haven Students Produce Short Film On Energy Conservation Lessons From Birds

The African masked weaver bird nest has energy conservation lessons for homeowners, captured in a student-made short documentary.
Hanay Creative Commons

A group of students at East Haven High School created a short documentary, “Weaving the Way: Lessons From the Weaver Bird.” The film recently won outstanding documentary short at the Connecticut Student Film Festival.

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Transgender Teen
3:09 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Talks Continue to Place Jane Doe With Foster Family

Robin McHaelen, director of True Colors, an advocacy group for LGBT youth.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Advocates for a 16-year-old transgender girl at York women’s prison are working with the Department of Children and Families to find a foster family for Jane Doe. Her story continues to attract national attention. 

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Environmental Impact
9:06 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Technical High School Students Detail Energy Use

Mark MĂĽhlhaus attenzione

Students in five Connecticut technical high schools are set to present findings and recommendations from a year-long investigation of the environmental impact of their school's energy use. 

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Forceful Arrest
1:28 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Bridgeport Police Respond to Arrest Video

A Bridgeport police officer was captured on video striking a teen while on the ground on Stratford Avenue.
Maria Diaz YouTube.com

Bridgeport police are defending the actions of a police officer shown in an Internet video forcefully arresting a teenager. 

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Mental Health
9:20 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Marathon Bombing Study Makes Link Between Brain and Trauma

Boylston Street in Boston on April 24, 2013, nine days after the Boston Marathon bombing.
Rebecca Hildreth Creative Commons

When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, neuroscientists at Harvard University were midway through a study on trauma and the adolescent brain. As a result, they said they were able to make some new scientific links between PTSD and media exposure.

Last April, Professor Katie McLaughlin and her colleagues at Harvard were studying the brains of young people who’d been through serious adversity. They had recruited about 150 children and teens. Half had reported early trauma or stress, and half had not.

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School Cafeterias
8:29 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Lawmakers Seek Delay On Healthy Lunch Rules For Schools

Some schools say they're having a tough time implementing new nutrition rules requiring more whole grains, more veggies and less fat.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 5:57 pm

How hard can it be for school cafeterias to swap white bread for whole-grain tortillas, cut sodium, and nudge kids to put more fruit and vegetables on their trays?

Tougher than you might imagine, according to some schools.

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Juvenile Justice
5:01 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

When States Can't Control Violent Youth, Is Prison The Answer?

Protesters rally outside the Department of Children and Families in Hartford, Conn., in April. The state's decision to send a transgender teen to adult prison has galvanized juvenile justice and LGBT advocates.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 8:18 pm

More than 4,000 children are in the custody of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. But it's one girl, known as Jane Doe, who has galvanized advocates for juvenile justice reform and LGBT youth.

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High Schools
10:27 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Connecticut High School Graduation Rates Increase

JECO Photo Creative Commons

New data from the State Department of Education show high school graduation rates continuing to improve in Connecticut. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:37 am
Wed May 14, 2014

If You Give a Kid a Book They Want, They'll Read It

Victoria Ford Smith is an assistant professor of English at the University of Connecticut
Chion Wolf

The first children's room in a public library may have been in Hartford, Connecticut. The head librarian here, Caroline Hewins was an early advocate for taking seriously the reading needs of children starting in the late 19th century. Prior to that children's lit wasn't really treated as a genre that could stand on its own two feet.  

Today, of course, it's massive and diverse. Its themes range from light to darkness, its language may be mannered or naturalistic, its art may be glorious or crude.  And, there really seems to be a readership for all those possibilities. But, some would say we need more diversity.

Today on the show, we talk about children's books, first from the perspective of two authors and then with a scholar and a librarian.

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Juvenile Justice
12:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Transgender Teen at York Moved to Different Part of Prison

Sarah Eagan is Connecticut's child advocate.
Credit Chion Wolf

A 16-year-old transgender girl who has been detained at the state women's prison for more than a month has been moved to another location at the prison.

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Hartford Has Style
9:09 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Blue Mic Radio Talks Fashion on Hartford's Pratt Street

Student David interviews Stuart Miller on Pratt Street.
Nardia Gayle CPBN Learning Lab

Students at the Journalism and Media Academy in Hartford took to Pratt Street downtown recently to talk to people on the street about fashion. 

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Juvenile Justice
4:26 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Governor Malloy Pressures DCF to Move Transgender Teen Out of Prison

Governor Dannel Malloy.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy is calling for quick action to remove a 16-year-old transgender teen out of Connecticut's women's prison.

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Transgender Teen
4:44 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Transgender Teen Asks Governor Malloy For Help

Credit Brian Turner / Creative Commons

It's been one month since a 16-year-old transgender teen was sent to York Correctional Institution after DCF told a court she was too violent to remain in its custody.

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School Violence
2:13 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Hartford Police Investigate Teen Stabbing

Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Hartford police are investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy, which took place outside Bulkeley High School Wednesday afternoon.

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Technology
12:41 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Teen's App Helps Pay Family's Bills

Courtesy of Michael Sayman

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:51 pm

Michael Sayman is a 17-year-old game developer from Miami, whose app — 4 Snaps — has been going strong in the iTunes App Store. Sayman was highlighted at Facebook's development conference last week by Mark Zuckerberg. He graduates from high school this month and starts an internship at Facebook headquarters later this summer. Sayman spoke with Tell Me More about his app, how he used the proceeds to help his family and how some schools and teachers are overlooking the importance of tech.

How did you get into tech?

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WAMC News
10:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Documentary Film Looks At Teenagers’ Efforts To Adapt To Climate Change

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:17 pm

Experts agree that climate change is a global problem. A documentary film company in our region planned to look at how Adirondack communities are adapting to climate change. But  the film’s producer changed his focus after encountering high school students at a Youth Climate Summit.

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New Jersey
3:21 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Senior Prank Gone Wild: Police Arrest 62 N.J. Students

A Bergen County, N.J., police officer (right) walks with a police dog into Teaneck High School, where 62 students were arrested during an overnight break-in on Thursday in Teaneck.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:31 pm

We're pretty sure they've all realized what a horrible idea this turned out to be: Sixty-two students in Teaneck, N.J., were arrested after a senior prank went too far.

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Population Trends
1:10 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Half of Connecticut's Residents Want to Move to Another State

A New Haven street.
Chris Lewis Creative Commons

About half of Connecticut's residents would move to a different state if given the chance, according to a Gallup poll conducted in all 50 states last year.

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Juvenile Justice
3:42 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rallies Held in Connecticut and New York City For Jane Doe

A rally in Hartford in support of an imprisoned transgender teen on Friday included members of activist groups and other supporters.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

DCF Commissioner Joette Katz met on Friday with the juvenile who was the focus of two rallies in Connecticut and New York City.

More than three dozen supporters of a transgender teen being held at Connecticut's women's prison protested in front of the Department of Children and Families headquarters in Hartford.

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Teenager Killed in School
3:24 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Stabbing Leaves Milford Student Dead, Police Searching for Motive

Maren Sanchez
Facebook

Police are investigating the stabbing death of student at Jonathan Law High School in Milford on Friday morning. Maren Sanchez was attacked in the hallway around 7:15 am.

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Juvenile Justice
5:33 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Jane Doe Speaks From Prison: "I Don't Deserve This"

York Correctional Institution in Niantic, where Jane Doe is being held.
Credit Connecticut Dept. of Correction

The 16-year-old transgender girl who has been detained at a Connecticut women's prison for over two weeks issued a statement on Wednesday asking DCF Commissioner Joette Katz to visit her in prison.

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Juvenile Justice
3:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Transgender Teen In Adult Prison For Nearly Two Weeks

Credit Joshua Davis

Attorneys for the teen and the state are moving towards an agreement on "conditions of confinement" as a 16-year-old transgender girl reaches the two-week mark for being detained at Connecticut's women's prison. Her lawyers have been adamant that she be removed from York Correctional Institution as soon as possible.    

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy

C. Michael White is a Professor and Department Head at UConn’s School of Pharmacy.
Chion Wolf WNPR

"Molly" is the nickname for MDMA, or ecstasy. It's short for "molecule," meaning you're getting the "real thing," chemically speaking. Except you almost never do.

This hour, we talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.

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Transgender Teen
3:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

DCF Commissioner Defends Transfer of Transgender Juvenile to York Prison

Joette Katz during an earlier visit to WNPR.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The Commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families is defending her agency's rare transfer of a 16-year-old transgender girl to Connecticut’s women’s prison. Joette Katz said the state had run out of options for the troubled youth.

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Juvenile Justice
6:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Transgender Teen Outlines Years of Abuse While in DCF Custody

Credit Brian Turner / Creative Commons

A temporary restraining order has been filed in federal court on behalf of a transgender juvenile being detained at Connecticut's women's prison. It includes an affidavit from the 16-year-old alleging multiple accounts of physical and sexual abuse while she was in DCF custody.

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Connecticut First
5:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Bill Protecting Public's Right to Record Police Officers; Metro North Survey

Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would further protect the public’s right to record police officers. The bill has been pushed through the Judiciary Committee, which approved it two weeks ago. They’re awaiting waiting again for the Senate and House to act. Current law already allows people to record police from a safe distance, but the bill would take it a step further by allowing people to sue officers who interfere with the recording of their actions.

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