When Gail Babcock, program director of the Ferguson Youth Initiative, heard about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in August, her first thought was this: had he only gotten a citation for walking on the street, he would have been referred to her organization for community service. And he would be alive today. Continue reading
Hisham Aidi’s new book, “Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture,” explores the cross-cultural trends in political activism and movements throughout history, and how it’s all brought together with music. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
While pro football has begun to confront the consequences of concussions, a new report is putting the spotlight on younger athletes and the risk they face from repeated head injuries. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Robert Graham of The George Washington University, former NFL player Fred McCrary and athletic trainer Tamara McLeod. Continue reading
The geography of the job market has changed in the past decade. Jobs typically held by teens are now being filled by older workers. In Boston, some organizations are trying to mobilize America’s unemployed youth and bring them into the professional labor market. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading
The jobs report for June 2013 found that among teens alone, the jobless rate was almost 25 percent — more than three times the rate for the nation as a whole. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to young people struggling in their search for work in his report on the bleak job picture for inner city youth. Continue reading
As young people across the country began to mourn and process the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., the NewsHour asked students from the 45 schools participating in its Student Reporting Labs to talk with their classmates about their initial reactions. Here are some of their stories. Continue reading
When Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, President Obama issued the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The federal initiative has given young people, brought to the U.S. illegally before the age of 16, the chance to defer deportation. Ray Suraez profiles three young immigrants who have applied for the program. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, the Greek government announced unemployment rose to just above 25 percent. The news came as European leaders said they won’t be able to deliver bailout funds to the bankrupt country as previously scheduled. Greek officials say the government will start running out of cash next week. Continue reading