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Vallejo Teen Violence is Cry for Help

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Feb 14, 2010 6:43 PM

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It was recently reported that a 47-year-old Vallejo Department of public works employee of Suisun City was robbed and assaulted by three juveniles. One struck the employee before the other two juveniles approached and knocked him down and stole his wallet.

A crowd of students standing across the street at Britton’s Mini Market from the incident witnessed the attack; police hope to review the surveillance cameras to identify the suspects.

The employee was treated at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center for a chipped jawbone, a minor break to his collarbone and a cut lip.

It’s crazy nowadays what people will do for a dollar. It’s also kind of scary knowing you could get robbed and assaulted even at work. Reading this article it made me wonder what kinds of households were the kids come from. It made me wonder about what has happened in their lives to make them feel they have to assault and rob different people.

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The Rise of the Unpaid Internship

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Jan 20, 2010 10:10 AM

Editor's note: This blog by Kristi Eaton originally appeared on Campus Progress.

For eight months last year, Columbia University graduate Michelle Sung worked at four unpaid or very low-paying internships in an effort to break into the graphic design field. Sung, who received a degree in applied math from Columbia in 2008, had just completed a year’s worth of night classes at the Parsons School of Design and was eager to start her new career. Looking to gain valuable experience, she turned to internships that paid a small stipend or nothing at all. “To apply for a full-time job, I have to convince the employer I can do the work,” she says, “and in this industry, you do that by showing your work.”

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My Big Phat Same-Sex Prison Wedding

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Jan 11, 2010 2:59 PM

Editor's note: This piece by Dawn Davis II also appeared on YO! Youth Outlook and New America Media.

I was wearing my orange jumpsuit with black tennis shoes on my wedding day. And I was not able to kiss my wife.

We got married in San Francisco County Jail on Aug. 19, 2008. I remember it like it was yesterday. The jail staff told me this was the first time a same-sex marriage happened there. I was so scared and nervous.

I signed the marriage license papers in front of the notary lady from the bail bonds place across the street. My wife-to-be, Shayonna, wasn’t allowed upstairs, so we signed it separately.

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A day in Palestine

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Dec 7, 2009 9:40 AM

Editor's note: This piece by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home, originally appeared on http://www.qumsiyeh.org/.

December 3, 2009 passes, just another day among 365 days of the year. But no day here is boring. I videotape at length (mostly for another project) but put a tiny bit on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QImBLtYNXW0) to give you a visual to accompany this description since I am still experimenting with video productions but hopefully will get better with time. Anyway, here are some of the events and interactions:

- I wake up to the news that 15 Palestinian youths were kidnapped overnight by the Israeli military. In the past few weeks Israel seems to be filling up its jails to replace those they will release as part of a prisoner exchange with Hamas (which is holding one Israeli occupation soldier). I drive my wife to her class at the University and go run some errands.

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"Too-Fat-To-Graduate" Is Wrong

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Dec 2, 2009 10:57 AM

Editor's note: This YO! blog was written by Alexi Drier.

Lincoln University, located in Oxford, Pennsylvania, has created a Too-Fat-To-Graduate Rule that has upset many people. At Lincoln University, students with a body mass index of 30 or above are required to take a thrice-weekly fitness course. Students who are required to take the course, but do not complete it, can't graduate from Lincoln University.

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Prosecuting Young People Who "Sext": For Real?

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 24, 2009 11:20 AM

Editor's note: This blog by Torriano Melancon originally appeared in YO! Youth Outlook.

In a society that glorifies and worships sex as if it were some ancient omnipotent deity, it’s sort of hard to avoid stumbling upon sex-related topics. For example, it’s so ridiculously easy to send a picture message to any number of people in the contacts list of your cell phone, only to have racy photos spread all over the Internet in just one day.

What the hell was picture messaging invented for anyway? It’s technology like picture messaging that makes it so easy to violate people’s lives and privacy.

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How Do 37 Students Fit Into 20 Seats?

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 23, 2009 1:54 PM

Editor's note: This blog was written by Melissa Vargas, 16, a junior at Lincoln High School in San Jose.

I’ve always been an A student. I liked doing my work and asking questions whenever I was having doubts about something. My teachers always gave me the attention I needed and answered all my questions. All that changed for me when I started high school. I got my schedule and was excited to start because I got interesting classes. My enthusiasm started to slowly go down as I entered every room to find myself stuck between the wall and door! I couldn't believe it, how can there be so many students assigned to one class? The worst one was English fourth period.

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Richmond Rape Bystanders: Why Be Scared?

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 16, 2009 9:51 AM

Editor's note: This piece by Valerie Klinker originally appeared in YO! Youth Outlook.

Every time I think about the incident in Richmond I still can’t believe something like that could have happened. I still feel bad about it, but even more, I feel angry. How can the school, or the adults monitoring the dance not catch that happening? For some reason teachers, society and the police are never around when you need them, then the police wonder why no one likes them.

Today, I was browsing the Internet and I saw that a witness decided to come out and speak on why he choose not do step in and help. Actually, there were two witnesses that came out. It’s funny they both probably don’t even know each other but have the same bull shit ass answer. “I was scared.”

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North Carolina College Gives Cash to Discourage Pregnancy

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 6, 2009 11:51 AM

Editor's note: This piece by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

When I first heard that some place is paying young teenage girls to not get pregnant I thought I misheard--this, to me, was shocking. I don’t know how someone can pay a person to not do what their body is naturally supposed to do.

I am a mother and I think anyone who gets pregnant should have the opportunity to make a decision on what he or she wants to do and if they are ready to grow up. The reason I say that is because after you have a child you are no longer living for yourself: you can’t do the things you want to do or spend money on just anything you want, you will be living for your baby, you will have to make sure that everything you do benefits your child. You will have to teach, nurture, care of and love them unconditionally.

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Bay Bridge? No Thank You

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 4, 2009 3:18 PM

Editor's note: This post by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

As everyone knows, the Bay Bridge has been under emergency construction for the past week. Some people have said that the parts of the bridge had fallen, others said that a chunk fell into the ocean, but what happened was the metal was rubbing against each other, caused by the high winds. This caused two rods and a saddle to crash onto the roadway last Tuesday, October 27th.

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I Don't Want the Vaccine

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 3, 2009 3:31 PM

Editor's note: This post by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

Today I when came into work and got on the computer I came across a story that caught my attention. It was basically an article explaining the H1N1 virus. Well, actually it was talking about people who are at higher risk to catch the swine flu and it states their argument on why we need to get vaccinated.

I already knew about the swine flu being more of a risk for ages 18 to 22 year olds. Which means we are at higher risk to get the H1N1 virus. I think it has something to do with our immune system not being able to fight off the flu on its own, but I didn’t know that it’s also attacking little babies, children, the elderly, people with asthma or women who are pregnant.

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SF Mayor at War With Undocumented Youth

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 2, 2009 9:37 AM

Editor's note: This blog by Jamilah King originally appeared here, in WireTap Magazine.

Looks like a victory for San Francisco’s undocumented youth won’t come without a drawn-out fight in City Hall.

Yesterday, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a change to the city’s sanctuary policy that barred authorities from reporting undocumented minors, arrested on suspicion of felony crimes, to federal immigration agents.

The veto comes just weeks after crowds of people gathered at city hall to celebrate the board’s decision to overturn its draconian mandate to report undocumented minors, arrested and charged with felony crimes, to ICE for deportation.

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Young People Process Homecoming Gang Rape

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Oct 29, 2009 4:17 PM

Editor’s note: The gang rape of a 15-year-old student at Richmond High School has made national headlines, but how are young people processing the incident? NAM and the EthnoBlog spent some time talking about this disturbing event with the youth in our media programs, YO! Youth Outlook and The kNOw Fresno, and their reactions follow below. While some say they would have tried to stop the assault, others admit that they may not have had the courage to intervene.

Young Women Need to Protect Themselves

I was so hurt and heartbroken to hear a beautiful 15-year-old teenage year old girl, who could have been your sister, cousin, daughter, or even a best friend, was raped. Not only was she raped, but she was gang raped, beat up, and robbed at her Homecoming dance. This brought tears to my eyes. Just thinking of her age and what they could have done to her makes my blood boil. At 15, she is just a baby. It disgusts me that people took pictures of this girl getting raped.