Growing up, my parents used to tell me to stay away from the projects. They said they were dangerous, and they’re right: about 20 percent of violent crime happens in public housing.
Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.
What does it mean for young people to come out in the age of Lady Gaga? Bebe tells her uncle that she's bisexual, but as a gay man who struggled with harassment and bullying through his whole childhood, he suspects Bebe is just trying to be cool and doesn't understand the weight of her words. Bebe decides to take a closer look.
To mark this week's 25th anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Radio Rookies is rebroadcasting Irina Sverzhanovskaya's story about the aftermath of the accident in her own life.
The 9/11 Generation Speaks: This spring and summer, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, is holding a workshop to help young people tell stories about growing up in the New York area since 9/11. We are looking for people for whom 9/11 was, in some way, a pivotal moment in their growth. Ideally, participants will range from kids who lost family members to those impacted less directly by 9/11 and its aftermath: maybe they lived near the World Trade Center; perhaps the attacks changed their lives because of their parents' line of work or their family's religion; maybe their own convictions have been challenged or led them to take some action. We know that 9/11 affected different people in many different ways, and we hope to be surprised by some of the stories young people have to tell.
On October 13, 2001, a montage of the Radio Rookies commentaries about the World Trade Center tragedy and its aftermath aired on WNYC.
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.
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.