The 2012 Radio Rookies Manhattan broadcast workshop was held in partnership with the McBurney YMCA on 14th Street in Manhattan. The Rookies' stories explore topics ranging from the immigration experience, to living with sickle cell disease, to the sexual harassment of teen girls on social media sites. 

My Education, Uninterrupted

Monday, December 10, 2012

New York state has the worst four-year high school graduation rate in the country. But when you zero in on New York City, the rates are even worse, especially for black males, with only 28 percent graduating from public high school in four years in 2010. Radio Rookie Mike Brown, 18, is a young black man growing up in Harlem and being raised by a single mom.


Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

Friday, December 28, 2012

These days, many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they're writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls "slut-shaming," or using photos and videos to turn a girl's private life inside out.

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American Heaven

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danielle was 13-years-old when she left her home and her mother in the Congo.  She came to New York hoping to pursue the American dream, but she wound up living in a shelter. Hear why Danielle keeps the truth about her life in America to herself - even though it means lying to her mother.


Sickle and Me

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Nearly 100,000 Americans suffer from a blood disorder called Sickle Cell Anemia, a painful disease that shortens life-expectancy. Sickle cells aren’t round – they’re shaped like a crescent moon and Radio Rookie Bree Person hates looking at them. Sometimes she hates talking about them, too – but she put together this report nevertheless.

American Dream - Minus My Mom

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rebelling against your parents is the norm for most teens in America, but it’s a luxury for some young people who immigrate to the U.S. without one or both of their parents. There is no official number for how many kids this affects, but one of those teens is 17-year-old Tangeneka Taylor. Eighteen months ago she moved to the U.S from Guyana with her dad and sister. Along with having to adjust to a new country, she’s had to adjust to life without her mom.