Rookies Rookies held this workshop at the Seamen's Society for Children and Families right in downtown St. George. The Seamen's Society provides HIV support and counseling, plus foster care, adoption and domestic violence services. Jaimita Haskell was the youngest person ever honored by the Newspaper Guild's Heywood Broun Award. These stories were also awarded a New York Association of Black Journalists, an NFCB Golden Reel Award, an RTNDA/UNITY Award and won second place for a PRNDI Award.
About the neighborhood:
About 70,000 people ride the Staten Island Ferry each day and all of them end up in St. George at one end of the trip or the other. It's a free ride and only takes 25 minutes. Besides housing the ferry terminal, St. George is the borough's civic center and has all the courts, the Borough Hall and all the City and State buildings. It is also an arts center with the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, the St. George Theater and Staten Island's largest public library. The neighborhood is a mix of office buildings, stores, restaurants, apartment buildings, townhouses and even some older detached homes. From the waterfront of St. George you can see the Manhattan skyline, New Jersey and the Statue of Liberty.
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.
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Jacky was mentored by Andrea Bernstein.
Marisa, leftist teen activist, tries to start a youth activism group on Staten Island and learns a few things about what does and doesn't sway the conservative masses.
Marisa was mentored by Subrata De.
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