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Playlist: Favorite Youth Stories of the Moment

Compiled By: Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Hip Hop Night in the Boys Unit (San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center)  Credit: Joseph Rodriguez
Image by: Joseph Rodriguez 
Hip Hop Night in the Boys Unit (San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center)
Curated Playlist

From Generation PRX Project Director Jones Franzel, an excruciatingly-difficult-to-winnow-down list of some current favorite youth radio stories.

Dressy Girls

From SpiritHouse Inc/Youth Noise Network | 08:10

An investigation of self-esteem, skanks, and the clothing of high fashion highschool girls.

Default-piece-image-1 Lena Eckert-Erdheim interviews a group of fashion-conscious highschool girls about the connections between what they wear, self-esteem, body image, and their relationships with boys and other girls.

What We Wish We Could Tell Our Parents

From april winbun | 01:31

Mom, Dad: About That Bullet Hole in the Basement...

Cyr_small Through this vox-pop, the entire world gets to hear the secrets that teenagers will never reveal to their parents. Some samples: "I sell porn to students" "Mom, I love Dad more" "I want to be a writer" "I joined the Marines" "Sorry, Mom, but my sister smokes pot on a daily basis" "Every time I said I was at the library, I was actually..."

Oakland Scenes: Snapshots of a Community

From Youth Radio | 05:45

Youth Radio chronicles life in Oakland, California, where an alarming number of youth homicides has weighed heavily on the community.

Default-piece-image-0 Youth Radio chronicles life in Oakland, California, where an alarming number of youth homicides has weighed heavily on the community. The story uses as its centerpiece a poem by Ise Lyfe -- a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The killings have been a major topic of conversation in Oakland among youth, from young poets, to teens gathered on the sidewalk, to kids taking the bus home from school. A high percentage of the victims are youth, sometimes as many as three in a single week. Youth Radio documents the words of young residents in street corner conversations in East Oakland, the neighborhood where much of the violence has taken place. The voices are Youth Radio's Gerald Ward II, Bianca Yarborough, her mom Bridget Taylor, and poet Ise Lyfe.

Glasnost

From outLoud Radio at Youth Radio | 06:54

Coming out to my immigrant parents wasn't exactly easy.

Alla_small When I was 12 years old, my mother once told me, "If you ever turn out to be a lesbian, I'll curse the day you were born." Parents say the darndest things.

"If These Walls Could Talk: Inside Youth Speak Out" SEASON ONE

From Susan Stone | 23:41

A poetry series drawn from testimonial writings by the youngest members of America's prison system.

Juv1_small While in Juvenile Hall, detained and incarcerated youth are invited to participate in weekly writing and conversation workshops which encourage them to dig deep, and seek meaningful insights through thought-provoking topics.

These young men, women, girls and boys reveal childhoods and teen years so often defeated by aspects of the lives they have lived so far. They address things, people, or events that are critical to acknowledge during rehabilitation before returning to their homes, schools, and communities.

Living out loud through rap, rhyme, and essay, these youth see the web as a portal --a way to let loose their stories in hopes others might put an ear to the wall and hear who they really are. Here, 20 writers read their own works, sometimes lending a voice to one another's.

Produced by Susan Stone with the boys and girls of San Francisco's Juvenile Justice Center, and the support of Malcolm Marshall, Youth Speaks, and the inspiration of David Inocencio and The Beat Within.

Perceptions Shattered: African American Masculinity from Chicago Public Radio, PRX and the NBPC

From WBEZ | 52:33

Youth voices share their perspectives on Black masculinity.

Flotptwo_small Told by youth, Perceptions Shattered breaks down African-American Masculinity and looks into the reasons young Black men feel the need to act tough, use the N word and don't fit into a preconceived mold. Black Men working to progress, mature, and provide for themselves and their families... we explore the variety of experiences and trials young Black Men face in today's America. Perceptions Shattered features some of the best stories on Generation PRX - a project of PRX that is dedicated to youth radio. Hosted by Chicago-Area hip hop artist Nam1Sekatti, and produced by Jason Marck at WBEZ, with support from the National Black Programmer's Consortium and PRX, Perceptions Shattered is a journey to a much more compelling, complicated and accurate portrait of what it is to be young, Black and male. HOST: Nam1Sekatti PRODUCER: Jason Marck

Homelessness: It Could Happen to Anyone, Even My Dad

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 04:17

When Blunt member Iris SanGiovanni was eight years old, her dad became homeless for six months after her parents divorced. A few years later, she had the chance to talk with him about his experience.

Iris_and_robert_002_small When Blunt member Iris SanGiovanni was eight years old, her dad became homeless for six months after her parents divorced. A few years later, she had the chance to talk with him about his experience. 

Legal Emancipation

From Radio Rookies | 09:58

At 15 emancipation has brought both freedom and hardship for Radio Rookie Jordan Teklay. Now 17, he's trying to understand what it means to be an adult.

Jordanteklay_small At 15, Jordan Teklay became legally emancipated from his parents and moved on his own from California to New York City. Since then, he has been learning to juggle the responsibilities of work, school and taking care of himself. Emancipation has brought both freedom and hardship. Struggling to negotiate his path in the world, Jordan is trying to understand what it means to be an adult. HOST INTRO: Teenagers are famous for getting into conflicts with their parents over independence. Occasionally, that tension even leads to a separation of some kind--such as moving in with a relative or going into foster care. But Radio Rookie Jordan Teklay didn't want to be a part of anybody else's family. When the situation with his mom became unbearable, he sought his freedom through the courts.

Lunchroom

From David Green | Part of the School Scenes series | 02:16

Third grader Evan remembers the simple pleasures of first grade: blue sports drink.

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Default-piece-image-2 Evan relates the excitement of a group of seven-year-olds when they were finally allowed to have something other than milk or juice for lunch. Little did they know how fleeting this pleasure would turn out to be. This story was originally part of a site-specific audio tour of our school written and recorded by third graders. The stories recount school memories ranging from kindergarten to third grade which reference specific locations, landmarks and objects on campus. While these pieces were originally created to be listened to on-site, they can be enjoyed on their own as well. We also recommend that you listen using headphones.