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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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Writing Contest Winners Winter 2021-22

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Four times a year, we ask our readers to write about the impact recent stories have had on teens around the country.  In Winter 2021-22, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about comparing trauma, race, and activism. Congratulations to our winners and be sure to apply for our next contest for […]

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I Got the Vaccine to Protect My Mom and Help End the Pandemic

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My mother has COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s a terrible respiratory condition: She has trouble walking up steps and sometimes uses an oxygen tank. That made the pandemic extremely scary for my family and me. To protect my mom, I hardly ever went outside, and when I did, I wore two […]

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To Protect My Foster Dad, To Get Back in the Classroom, To See My Friends’ Faces Again: Why I Got the Vaccine

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Until the pandemic, I never realized how important it was to see faces. Having to wear masks leaves us in a weird spot where we can’t tell what people are feeling, which makes me feel disconnected. I also miss hanging out with friends without having to worry about our health. And I especially miss the […]

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