What up!! My name is Angeliz (but my friends call me Angel.) I am fourteen years old. I am ninety percent Puerto Rican because I was born in New York. I am doing Radio Rookies because it makes me feel better, because I can let go of all my secrets. My favorite colors are red and black.
Interesting Fact: I got my tongue pierced, and it's still swollen.
Angeliz was mentored by Adrienne Urbina.
The United Nations General Assembly recently concluded its first special summit on Children. In an 11th hour agreement, delegates from more than 180 countries agreed on a list of world-wide goals for children's health, education, and safety. In the days before the General Assembly meeting, 400 young people met to talk about the difficulties children face in their countries. A group of WNYC's Radio Rookies sat down to talk with three teenagers, who were in town for the summit, about their experiences coming from countries wounded by war.
On May 12, 2002, Janelle Lewis' commentary about giving birth to her first daughter Jandora aired as part of a Mother's Day Special on WNYC’s Radiolab. Right after Janelle gives birth, she calls out to her mom for the tape-recorder.
Christy reports on what happened to her family after her dad got hit by a car and became permanently disabled.
Jonathan looks at the challenges of being an older brother to someone with Down Syndrome, and just being an older brother in general.
Jonathan was mentored by Katya Rogers.
When Jaimita got bumped up into a more advanced high school program, all the books were brand new and the students listened politely to each other. Then, because of overcrowding, she got dropped back into the relative chaos of mainstream classes. In the course of reporting on it, Jaimita surprises herself and her principal.
Jamita was mentored by Will Morton.
Since September 11th, Jacky has noticed that confusion and anxiety has seeped into the everyday lives of Staten Island teens -- including her own. But in her search for ways to 'deal,' she finds adults 'missing in action' and some friends less ready to help than she expected.
Jacky was mentored by Andrea Bernstein.
Religion brings some families together, but Heather Oplinger says it pushes others apart. She and her mother are among many who argue over where and how to worship.
Linda Lee dreams of being the next Kaity Tong, the WB11's nightly news co-anchor. But Linda worries her Korean roots will get in her way.
Sunnie Hwang moved to the US from Korea, hoping she would find the happiness she had as a child -- when her parents were still alive.
Heidi Choe's parents pay attention to her -- A LOT of attention. She thinks in-your-face parenting can be overdone.
Mary Fory moved to Queens from Colombia. Now she lives among immigrants from many different countries, but she's noticed that even those who speak Spanish tend not to hang out with each other.
13-year-old Desmond was born with AIDS in Botswana. He lost both his parents to the disease and is being raised by his Aunt and Uncle. One of WNYC's Radio Rookies, 15-year-old Antoine Bazilio recorded this interview with Desmond during the UN AIDS conference in New York.
The Rookies share their thoughts about the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11th.
Since she moved to the Bronx from Suriname at age 12, Judith hasn't felt she fits in with any group. Dutch is her first language. She wants to be an opera singer. She's black.
Becoming the President used to rank high among career goals for young people. Now they want to be pop-stars.
Eric is one of thousands of children growing up without his birth parents. His father was murdered when he was 3 years old. His mother was addicted to drugs. Eric has lived with his grandmother all his life. She takes good care of him, but he still feels something is missing.