American Dream School principal Melissa Melkonian hugs debate team members after the NYC Spring Classic tournament.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin via Mott Haven Herald)

Learning Debating Skills – And More – in the Bronx

Bronx, Education, Youth June 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm

At the bilingual American Dream School in Mott Haven, students don’t just pick up debating skills, they learn how to “code switch,” reports Mott Haven Herald.

(Photo by Marco Meza via Diario de México)

Organization Fights for Staten Island Workers

Labor, Mexican, Social Services, Staten Island, Youth May 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

La Colmena, a 250-member organization, seeks to help immigrant workers on Staten Island, Diario de México reports.

The students who created the socially-oriented table art will be part of an exhibit to be presented near public schools. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYC Kids Address Social Problems Through Art

Culture, Manhattan, New York, Youth May 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

The exhibition “A View From The Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues To The Table” will showcase artwork made by school children in the five boroughs, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

First Lady Chirlaine McCray with members of the NYC Teens Connection Youth Leadership Council at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 22. (Photo by Stephanie Daniel for Voices of NY)

Working With Peers to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

Bronx, Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Health, Staten Island, Youth March 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Teens in NYC neighborhoods with high teen pregnancy rates are working to help educate their peers and reduce the rates.

A young woman hold sign that reads: “We are the future.” (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Calls To Expand Summer Youth Employment Program

Government, Labor, New York, Youth February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Council members and activists are urging the mayor to increase the Summer Youth Employment Program’s budget, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Tatiana Borda, from Bolivia, at the CUNY Dreamers event. (Photo via El Diario)

CUNY Offers Scholarships to ‘Dreamer’ Students

Immigration, New York, Youth May 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm

More than 6,000 students have benefited from the TheDream.US project since 2013, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Supporting Asian LGBTQ Children

Supporting Asian LGBTQ Children

East Asian, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Youth May 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

An Asian organization announced a new campaign to support Asian LGBTQ youth, Korea Daily reports.

The Nasry Michelen Day Care Center opened its news doors to families, like Stephanie Batista and daughter Sarayi, on March 14. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times) (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Longtime Harlem Day Care Reopens After Community Uproar

Manhattan, Youth May 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

The Nasry Michelen Day Care Center, the city’s first Dominican-run day care, has reopened at a new site in Hamilton Heights after it lost the location where it had provided child care for more than 35 years, reports Manhattan Times.

Antonio Alarcón, a coordinator at Make the Road in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYC Youth Stressed About the Future of DACA

Latino, Youth February 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Sleep and eating disorders are part of what a DACA beneficiary goes through as anxiety mounts about the decisions the Trump administration may make, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Pamela Harris (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Embracing Politics on Coney Island

Black, Brooklyn, Criminal Justice, Government, Youth May 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Pamela Harris, who represents Coney Island, Seagate and parts of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights in the New York State Assembly, talks with Brooklyn Daily Eagle about her years as a correction officer at Rikers Island and her work in getting Coney Island Generation Gap off the ground.

Shaina Harrison, director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence’s reACTION Youth Program, at her Manhattan office. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Youths Call on Legislators for Gun Control Laws

Government, New York, Youth May 3, 2016 at 5:39 pm

More than 170 New York youths affected by gun violence are going to Albany to demand stricter gun laws, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Andrew Boryga, 25, grew up in the Bronx with a single mother. He attended Cornell University where he got his first internship at the New York Times which eventually landed him a job. He recently quit to pursue writing a book about growing up in the Bronx.  He still freelances for the Times by contributing to the lens blog. (Photo from "Portraits of Resilience" by Edwin Torres)

‘Pa’lante’: Resilience Through the Faces of Young Puerto Ricans

Bronx, Puerto Rican, Youth May 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm

A photo essay entitled “Portraits of Resilience” features photos of Puerto Rican millennials who are experiencing one of the greatest economic crises in the island’s history. Hunts Point Express speaks to photographer Edwin Torres.

Latino Musicians in ‘Nueva York’

Latino Musicians in ‘Nueva York’

Culture, Latino, New York, Social Services, Youth April 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

CUNY TV’s “Nueva York” features Latino artists in NYC, from choreographer and Broadway producer Luis Salgado to guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarín who plays classical music as well as traditional Colombian music.

Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez, center, announcing the bill. To his immediate left is state senator Marisol Alcántara, and to her left is Assembly member Carmen de la Rosa. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Rodriguez Urges Curbs on Hookah Sales

Government, Health, Latino, Manhattan, Youth February 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Legislators from Northern Manhattan are supporting a new NYC bill to curb hookah use and sales, Manhattan Times reports.

(Photo by Thomas Chesseboeuf via French Morning)

An Oasis for Kids and French Book Lovers on the Upper East Side

Youth January 31, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Recently-opened French bookstore La Librairie des Enfants offers books and entertainment for kids on the Upper East Side, whether they speak French or not, French Morning reports.