The Council of Pakistan Organization (COPO) hosted the Spring 2003 Radio Rookies workshop on Coney Island Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Midwood. COPO was founded in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, when members of the South Asian community in Midwood were facing threats and many residents had questions about their rights. These stories were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Third Coast International Audio Festival, a Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award, the RTNDA/UNITY Award, the South Asian Journalists Association Award and the Casey Medal.
Sophie is one of nearly 100 great-grandkids on the side of her father's grandmother, Serena - a 106-year old Holocaust survivor.
Rizwan is seventeen years old and lives with his family in Midwood, Brooklyn. When Rizwan hangs out around Coney Island Avenue, he always sees Bashir -- a homeless man who walks with a cane and moves between nearby restaurants and shops, in which he is allowed to sleep in his wheelchair.
Michael Lewis, seventeen, is a second generation Trinidadian American who lives in Brooklyn with his parents, siblings, and niece. Michael has idolized his older brother, Junior, his entire life and has followed him into everything -- good and bad, but mostly bad.
Fifteen-year old Rocky, a Palestinian American, lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn. Rocky's story is about his emotional struggle with obesity. Three times the size of his twin sister, Rocky is the target of many of his siblings' jokes and insults.
Allison spends her time in two very different Brooklyn neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights where she works and goes to school, and Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) where she lives with her family and gets teased for "talking white."
Seventeen-year old Munir, a Pakistani immigrant who was raised and lives in Midwood, Brooklyn, is very different from his religious Muslim parents. While they pray five times a day, Munir watches television, plays videogames, and wonders about nearly everything.