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How Does Your Community View Depression? Teenagers Weigh In

Civics in the Community | January 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

How Does Your Community View Depression? Teenagers Weigh In

Depression is now the leading cause of disability among American teens and adults ages 15 to 44. Depression in teens may be difficult for others to recognize. Family values and cultural views of mental illness can dramatically affect how depression in teens is recognized and understood. Hear how teenagers talk about how depression is looked at in their communities.

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A Different Kind of Love [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Bay Area Youth Media Network | January 15, 2015 | 1 Comment

A Different Kind of Love [Youth-Produced Short Film]

“A Different Kind of Love” is a story that centers around the Reyes family and their journey to acceptance. The touching documentary short focuses on not just the gay rights movement but also an individual’s journey to equality.

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Do High School Students Need Recess? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | January 12, 2015 | 4 Comments

Do High School Students Need Recess? Students Weigh In

It may seem like an odd concept to offer recess to high school students, but growing research shows that people will learn better and stay focused when given breaks during the day. Hear what young folks had to say when asked if recess could help students reduce stress while still preparing them for higher education.

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What Event in 2014 Affected You the Most? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Event in 2014 Affected You the Most? Students Weigh In

2014 has brought on many events that will change the world forever. Students shared what they felt were the most important/impactful events of 2014.

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California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

Civics in the Community | December 15, 2014

California Student Editorial Cartoon Contest: And the Winners Are …

High school students across California this fall created and entered editorial cartoons in a contest that included schools from Chula Vista down south to Ukiah up north. See the winners here.

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Panopticon [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Bay Area Youth Media Network | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Panopticon [Youth-Produced Short Film]

This short youth-produced documentary illustrates an interesting perspective on consumer surveillance, as it parallels modern government to the Panopticon, a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014.

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Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 11, 2014 | 24 Comments

Was Justice Served in the Ferguson Decision? Students Weigh In

Recently the grand jury made a decision to not indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. Students discuss whether justice was served in the grand jury hearing.

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Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | December 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Should Obama Have Granted Deportation Relief? Students Weigh In

Last week, students were asked whether or not Obama should have granted deportation relief to over 5 million immigrants who meet certain criteria. They were asked, “Should the President have given deportation deferrals and work permits to undocumented immigrants whose children are American citizens?”

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How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Civics in the Community | November 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Can Schools Lunches Be More Appealing? Students Weigh In

Childhood obesity has skyrocketed in the last 30 years, making the need for healthier eating habits an important matter. This past week, students were asked, “How can schools make lunches more appealing to teens?” Check out their responses.

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Belonging in Transition

Bay Area Youth Media Network | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Belonging in Transition

Everything is in transition: our earth, our neighborhoods, our bodies. In fact, Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” Adolescents especially know this truth because their bodies rapidly develop between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the World Health Organization, it is second only to infancy in terms of physiological growth.

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