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Childrens Roundtable : [What Do the Youth Builders Do to Make Democracy Work in School?]

Saturday, March 12, 1949

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

First segment: Roundtable discussion with students from Franklin and Otis Jr. High Schools. The children say their names and describe what they've been doing as Youth Builders. Students from East Harlem talk about cleaning up their neighborhood. Otis Jr. High students talk about working with schools in Philadelphia, and Franklin students have worked with UN Save the Children. Discussion of another program to stop discrimination, teach English to children who don't speak it, stop teasing of disabled children.

Second segment: Begins abruptly. Interview with Angelina Kruppe, a parent of Junior High School 29, in Brooklyn. She agrees with the points the students made at Youth Forum regarding juvenile delinquency: parents out for the "almighty dollar" are doing a great injustice to their children. She suggests inviting the children's friends in to the home to monitor whether or not their friends are the right people. The influence of comics on children.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69492
Municipal archives id: LT496

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About Youth Builders

A series to teach youngsters about participatory democracy.

This series, which aired from 1947 to 1952, interviews a set of young New Yorkers about ways they can "make democracy work" in their own lives.  The charming innocence of other ages in another age shines through in these archived recordings.

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