Well, my name is Edward and I'm a high school senior who is not looking forward to graduating. I don't know about everyone else, but school is fun, at least that's what I make of it. Here in Queens, we have more than what any borough has. First off, the city is less then 15 minutes away and Queens is the only borough where 147 different languages are spoken. Beat that Brooklyn, Bronx or Manhattan. So, if there are that many languages, there are that many different kinds of people, no need to go to another borough. Queens is where you need to be!!!!!!!! (January 2006)
WNYC’s Radio Rookies program takes listeners inside the most intimate moments of teenager’s lives. Now, for the first time, we present a special, “Growing Up, Getting By”, an hour of stories and interviews about how teenagers find their way to adulthood.
First Lady Laura Bush handed out the 2006 Coming Up Taller Awards Monday morning and WNYC's Radio Rookies program is among the 17 winners. All the honorees are young people in after school programs in underserved communities.
Ten years ago my high school was rated one of the twelve most dangerous in New York City. Back when I was in junior high I heard it was still like that, that people got stabbed, jumped, even killed. It sounded more like I was going to jail instead of a school. Now that I graduated I see the school as a safer place. But I wasn’t sure if the school actually was safer or because I’m older now I know how to defend myself.
Just three out of every million Americans are diagnosed each year with a potentially fatal blood disease called Aplastic Anemia. Edward was one of them. He was 12 years old when he entered the hospital and received a life-saving bone marrow transplant from his littlest brother, followed by months in the hospital and a year recuperating at home.