The Bushwick Radio Rookies workshop was held in conjunction with Make the Road by Walking Inc, a non-profit organization which promotes organizing and activism in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Its youth leadership programs work with high school students to develop their organizing and communication skills, and to enable them to become more effective advocates for social justice. These stories won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel, and the David S. Barr High School Journalism Award.
A year and a half ago, I dropped out of school. The teachers didn't have enough books to give us, there were too many kids in classes, and some teachers gave me a hard time. Sometimes we'd come out fighting, so to avoid that situation, I left school.
My story is on something that happened to me when I was 14 years old: I tried to commit suicide and I landed in a mental institution.
My story is about my adventures as a Spanish speaker in New York. I interview my principal, my English teacher, my friends and my mom.
My story is about how there are not enough free things for kids in my neighborhood to do after school.
My story is about how easy it is for kids in Bushwick to get guns. I interview gun dealers, my principal and crime fighters.
In my story, I talk to my mom, my principal, my teacher and others, and I look back on how my love of cars started by working with my dad on his car when I was little.