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The Foundation of Friendship

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The crowd erupted in triumphant noise. Cheers and cries rose from every parent as they saw their child walking into the auditorium, about to graduate Rego Park Elementary School. Unlike my 5th-grade classmates, a feeling of happiness and ecstasy did not rain on me when my name was called.  My parents were not present; they […]

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Book Review: Spilling the Greasy Beans on Demon Copperhead

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Barbara Kingsolver dedicates her novel Demon Copperhead to survivors of the opioid crisis and foster care. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the book is dedicated to someone like me: I am an Appalachian who was put in foster care due, in part, to my father’s opioid addiction.  Reading the novel, I felt […]

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How Gentrification Has Affected Me

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I’ve watched the construction of 111 Montgomery in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights since it was nothing more than a large empty lot.  There was a playground nearby where my brother and I always played competitive 2v2s basketball with the neighborhood kids. They were strangers at first, but after the first or second interaction […]

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The Chancellor Banks Interview 

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In August, as part of our summer writing workshop at YouthComm, we had the opportunity to interview New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks. As journalists, we spent time researching the issues we cared about most, such as student disciplinary practices, teacher layoffs, and specialized high school admissions. We met as an editorial team to […]

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