Youth Radio Institute http://wunc.org en Youth Radio: Grieving For A Lost Brother http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-grieving-lost-brother <p><em>This past summer WUNC worked with six youth reporters. Justavis Brooks decided to use the opportunity to face something everyone has to deal with at some point- the pain of losing a loved one.&nbsp;</em></p><p>On December 7, 2006, my brother, Raphael Eason, was shot and killed. I was ten years old and I lived in Virginia. My brother lived with my dad’s side of the family in Elizabeth City, a town in the northeastern part of North Carolina. Since his passing he has been more of a mystery than a memory because no one has said much to me about him or the incident. This summer, I began to question the silence and the reasons behind it. I figured there was no better place to start than with my dad, Troy Brooks. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Justavis Brooks 21677 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: Grieving For A Lost Brother Youth Radio: How Shyness Can Be A Good Thing http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-how-shyness-can-be-good-thing <p></p><p></p><p><em>This summer we worked with a group of young reporters in the WUNC Youth Radio Institute.&nbsp; They included Mashallah Salaam, a 16 year old high school graduate from Chapel Hill. </em></p><p>I’m someone who has always been labeled as shy. I used to get talked over and brushed off because I’m quiet. Growing up, I never spoke until I knew exactly what I was going to say and how I was going to say it. My mom, Damita Hicks, says it’s because I was around more adults than kids. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Mashallah Salaam 21674 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: How Shyness Can Be A Good Thing Youth Radio: What Does The Word "Ratchet" Really Mean? http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-what-does-word-ratchet-really-mean <p><em>This summer WUNC worked with six youth reporters as part of the Summer Youth Radio Institute in our American Graduate Project.</em></p><p>Have you ever heard of the word “ratchet”? I’m not talking about the tool you buy from Lowe's, but the “Ratchet” you use to describe Miley Cyrus’ dance moves, or someone’s out-dated flip phone?&nbsp; Connie Eble, a professor in the English Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, collects college slang by asking her students to turn in terms as a class assignment. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Sunny Osment 21673 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: What Does The Word "Ratchet" Really Mean? Youth Radio: Gang Life Puts Dead End In Sight http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-gang-life-puts-dead-end-sight <p></p><p><em>This summer WUNC has been working with six youth reporters as part of the Summer Youth Radio Institute in our American Graduate Project.</em></p><p>There’s a dangerous game playing out in North Durham neighborhoods every day.&nbsp; Dashaun Richardson, one of my old classmates, spends most of his time in a neighborhood around Dowd Street, just a few blocks from the WUNC studios. He knows that winning this game means surviving and losing comes with real consequences.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:21:09 +0000 Kamaya Truitt-Martin 21669 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: Gang Life Puts Dead End In Sight Youth Radio: Burmese Refugees Help Each Other Out In Carrboro http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-burmese-refugees-help-each-other-out-carrboro <div><p><em>This summer WUNC has been working with six youth reporters as part of the Summer Youth Radio Institute in our American Graduate Project.&nbsp; Akib Khan moved with his family to the U.S. from Dhaka, Bangladesh when he was nine years old. He reports on the Burmese refugee community in Carrboro.</em></p><p></p></div><p>Abdul Hussain and his family came to Carrboro in July. Hussain grew up in Burma. He says when he was 13, the local government made false allegations against him, forcing him to flee his homeland and that this happens to many minorities in Burma. He lived in Malaysia for years before finally being granted asylum in the United States. When he arrived, the first thing he did was look for something familiar—as a Muslim, he wanted to find a mosque. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Akib Khan 21235 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: Burmese Refugees Help Each Other Out In Carrboro Youth Radio: Hargraves Center Director Nate Davis Considers Retirement, After 25 Years http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-hargraves-center-director-nate-davis-considers-retirement-after-25-years <p><em>This is the first in a series of stories from WUNC's Youth Radio Institute, a group of high school students who spent five weeks this summer reporting on issues that matter to young people in North Carolina.</em></p><p>Growing up I had two homes: my grandparents’ house and the <a href="http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=1585">William H. Hargraves Center</a> in the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill. My grandfather, Nate Davis, lived at both. He’s worked at Hargraves for 40 consecutive years and helped make it a true community center.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Jerell Davis 20848 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio: Hargraves Center Director Nate Davis Considers Retirement, After 25 Years Youth Radio Institute: Fontezia Walker http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-institute-fontezia-walker <p>Our series from the WUNC Youth Radio Institute concludes this morning with a story from Fontezia Walker. She's 19 and had a number of setbacks while working towards her high school diploma. As you'll hear in this report, she and her sister struck out on their own -- by deciding to stay home.<br><br> <strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">Fontezia Walker:</span></strong> I live in a 3-room apartment in North Durham. Our home is filled with squeaky stairways, and the sounds of noisy neighbors. I live with my older sister, her son - and the memory of my mother.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:00:00 +0000 David Brower 2003 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio Institute: Fontezia Walker Youth Radio Institute: Akib Khan http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-institute-akib-khan <p>On Fridays we've been listening to a series produced by young people involved in WUNC's first ever Summer Youth Radio Institute. This week 15-year-old Akib Khan tells the story of his sister, who decided to start wearing the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf, when the family immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh. As our youth reporter tells us it's a decision that was met with some skepticism.<br> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:40:00 +0000 David Brower 1775 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio Institute: Akib Khan Youth Radio Institute: Jasmine Farmer http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-institute-jasmine-farmer <p>Our series from the WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute continues this morning with a story from 18-year-old Jasmine Farmer. She's a poet and recent high school graduate who's involved with the slam poetry group Sacrificial Poets. Once a month the group hosts an open-mic night in the back room of Chapel Hill Fly Leaf Books. As Jasmine reports it's become a place where young people can perform their writing to a welcoming audience.<br><br><strong>Jasmine Farmer: </strong>When you go to an Open Mic,<br><br><strong>Terrence Foushe:</strong> So like<br> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jasmine Farmer 1823 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio Institute: Jasmine Farmer Youth Radio Institute: Dontá McCormick http://wunc.org/post/youth-radio-institute-dont-mccormick <p>It's Friday and time for the next installment from our series from the WUNC Summer Youth Radio Institute. Donta McCormick was one of our youth reporters this summer. He and his brother grew up in North Durham -- in neighborhoods where most of their friends never made it out of high school. But as Donta reports -- the support of a mentor helped make sure his brother's path would be different from their friends.<br> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Dontá McCormick 1885 at http://wunc.org Youth Radio Institute: Dontá McCormick