My name is Jesus. I am 15 years old and a youth organizer at Make The Road By Walking, a non-profit organization.
I am in 10th grade at Bushwick High School. I live in Bushwick Brooklyn, NY where my radio recordings take place. (October 2000)
Interesting fact: I have a dead cat named Ooki.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Radio Rookies, we're bringing you updates from Rookies whose stories aired years ago. Jesus Gonzalez and Jose Lopez were in one of the earliest Rookies workshops, in 2001. At the time, they were working as youth organizers at the community group Make the Road New York in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Almost a decade has passed and they're still there. But their group has grown to more than 70 young members.
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Radio Rookies, two former rookies, Jesus Gonzalez, Youth Power community organizer for Make the Road By Walking, and Veralyn Williams, freelance TV, radio producer, reporter, and editor, share excerpts of their pieces and discuss how the program affected their lives.
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.
For Jesus, it’s one of those nights when you’re young that almost sends your life in an entirely different direction. This is a story about the most basic kind of survival.
Bushwick Rookie Jesus Gonzalez (with reporting help from Hunts Point Rookie Janesse Nieves) advises Mayor Bloomberg on how to improve New York City schools. His report draws a response from former public advocate Mark Green.
My story is about how easy it is for kids in Bushwick to get guns. I interview gun dealers, my principal and crime fighters.