La Casa Azul Bookstore owner Aurora Anaya-Cerda (Photo via Manhattan Times)

East Harlem Literacy Program Kicks off with a ‘Revolution’

Culture, In the News, Manhattan, Youth May 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

La Casa Azul is starting a yearlong series of events on Sonia Manzano’s “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano,” a young adult novel that intertwines themes of family, activism, and growing up Latina, reports Manhattan Times.

Shirts with the image of 'narco-saint' Jesús Malverde are sold on Roosevelt Ave. stores in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario).

‘Narco Fashion’ Takes Hold in New York City

Crime, Culture, In the News, Mexican, New York, Youth May 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

From flashy T-shirts to tattoos to amulets, Mexican and Ecuadorean young men are increasingly sporting “narcomodo” – a style that evokes the drug lords who are known as the “saints” of the drug cartels, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Teacher Vivian Reyes teaches kids to dance at the Cali Salsa Pa’l Mundo salsa school. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario/La Prensa)

Kids Dance Salsa, Cali-Style, in Queens

Culture, Latino, Queens, South American, Youth May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

Instructors say that kids lose their shyness when they learn salsa, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Photo by Zainab Akande

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Comes to Union Square

African, Crime, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Women, Youth May 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

A grass roots effort brought attention to the plight of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls on May 3.

JVL Principal Donald with students in the "grow room" (Photo by Ben Shanahan via The Hunts Points Express)

Bronx and CA Students Join Forces in Kitchen

Bronx, Education, Food, Youth May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

Students from California recently joined students in the Bronx to prepare meals and learn about urban farming, The Hunts Point Express reports.

Angely Mercado receiving the James Aronson Social Justice Award (Photo by Hayden Greene)

College Student Wins Journalism Award

Bronx, Women, Youth April 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

A Hunter college senior has won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

(Photo by Von Diaz via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Dreamers Moving On

Immigration, Youth April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds speaks with five young undocumented immigrants who are moving on with their lives after disappointment over failed federal and state legislation.

Ronald Johnson and his daughter Felicia in 2012, participants in the Keeping Families Together program. (Photo by Matt Moyer via City Limits)

Keeping Families Together with Supportive Housing

Housing, Youth April 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

A pilot project has helped homeless children avoid entering foster care and has even improved school attendance, City Limits reports.

Tracking NYC’s Pre-K Rollout

Tracking NYC’s Pre-K Rollout

Voices of NY offers maps and data to analyze the new program’s first steps.

(Photo by Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons license)

New Yorkers Missing Out on Deferred Action

Immigration, New York, Youth April 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Many young immigrants qualify for the DACA program but have not applied for various reasons, reports Gotham Gazette.

(Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Improving Oversight of Child Welfare in the City

New York, Social Services, Youth April 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Gladys Carrión, the new commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, hopes to improve the agency’s reputation, City Limits reports.

(Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: Young Immigrants Lost in Limbo

Immigration, Latino, Opinion, Youth April 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The experience of a young Peruvian immigrant, Bard College sophomore Marco Lorenz, illustrates how slapdash federal immigration policy affects families, according to an opinion piece in La Voz.

(Screen shot from "I am ELLIS" via The Riverdale Press)

Documentary Shows Young Immigrants Overcoming Odds

Immigration, Youth March 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm

A new documentary about a special school for English learners shows the obstacles that students and graduates have overcome, The Riverdale Press reports.

(Photo by, Creative Commons license)

Gambling Among Korean Teenagers on the Rise

East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, Youth March 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Online gambling and new gaming dens are ensnaring more and more Korean teenagers, worrying parents and counselors.

Her parents worry that Chen, missing for the third time, might be recruited into criminal activity. (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Families Worry over Runaway Teens

Brooklyn, East Asian, Immigration, Youth March 5, 2014 at 5:30 pm

In one case, parents worry that their teen who has run away for the third time has come under the influence of a drug-dealing group in Brooklyn, World Journal reports.