Schools & Youth

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Martellus Bennett: 'Let Black Boys Dream Big'

Ahead of the Super Bowl, the artist and former NFL player reflects on the messages society gives Black boys about their worth.

A 7-year-old girl with long, brown hair leans on her father as he sits in a blue chair at the Catholic Charities-run Humanitarian Respite Center after being released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on November 1, 2018.

Hundreds of Guatemalan Migrants Arrested at Arizona Border

Of the 242 people taken into custody, 130 of them were children.

Cover art for "Heavy: An American Memoir" and Kiese Laymon. Black text spells "HEAVY" and white text spells "AN AMERICAN MEMOIR" and "KIESE LAYMON" on red background; Black man in black hooded sweatshirt poses in front of green trees and grey sky

Kiese Laymon Wins Andrew Carnegie Medal, Gives Prize Money to Young Mississippians

The “Heavy: An American Memoir” author and educator will donate his prize money from the American Library Association award to organizations that work with young people in his home state.

A Honduran father holds his son as they wait in line to cross the Guatemala-Mexico border and register at an immigration facility in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on January 19, 2019.

Lawsuits Say Migrant Children Being Used to 'Catch' Other Immigrants

At least four federal lawsuits have been filed against the Trump administration alleging a corrupt alliance between the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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READ: How Texas Contributed to Rise in Pregnant Girls in Foster Care System

One teen mother: “All my friends that I was in placements with—every single one—either has a kid or is pregnant right now.”

The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016, in Flint, Michigan. The state approved new funds for the city yesterday.

Flint Launches Program to Help Kids Who Need Special Education Services Because of Water Crisis

Experts say its a step in the right direction, but not enough.

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Skip TODAY Show, Watch This Interview With Nathan Phillips Instead

While mainstream media rushes to center the MAGA teens who taunted the Omaha elder, watch the Indigenous leader describe what really happened after the Indigenous Peoples March.

a light skin boy wearing a clear poncho in the rain in front of a high school holds up a sign at a rally that says "we stand with L A teachers"

LA Teachers Strike Enters Fifth Day with Thousands of Supporters

Tens of thousands of teachers, parents, students and supporters in the Los Angeles Unified School District are demanding better pay, smaller class sizes and more resources and support staff for students—nearly 75 percent of whom are Latinx.

Honduran migrant Jenny Cantarero holds her son Saul, 3, where they are living outside a closed temporary migrant shelter near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico on December 6, 2018 .

Gov't Says Thousands More Migrant Children Were Separated From Families Than Reported

The Trump administration began its family separation policy earlier than what was originally reported.

Old cell block inside an Idaho State Penitentiary.

STUDY: Why the Ban on Pell Grants for Incarcerated People Should Be Lifted

Postsecondary education greatly increases employment opportunities and wages for the formerly incarcerated.

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WATCH: Teen Photographers Capture Generations of Maya Women and Girls

A new short documentary profiles six Guatemelan teen photographers who are tackling representation, racism and classism through their project Maya Womxn of LA.

San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Proposes Putting Soda Tax On Nov. Ballot

REPORT: Companies Target Black and Latinx Youth With Junk Food Ads

The candy, soda and fast food industries disproportionately push their products on kids of color.

Angela Davis. Black woman with brown afro sits in blue patterned shirt behind white table with white nametag spelling "Angela Davis" in black letters and in front of blue screen with grey letters spelling "tiff"

Jewish Voice for Peace, 350+ Scholars Sign Letter Supporting Angela Davis

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recinded the activist and educator’s Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, saying, “she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria on which the award is based.”

Michael Jackson. Man with black hair and white bleached skin sits in black leather jacket and white shirt in front of brown wood courtroom wall

Sundance to Screen Doc On Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

“Leaving Neverland,” which revisits two men’s accusations that the artist abused them as boys, has prompted backlash from Jackson’s estate.

Honduran children stand with their mother outside a temporary shelter set up near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20, 2018.

Young Immigrants Escaping Abuse Face Green Card Denials From U.S. Government

Applicants must file paperwork before they turn 21, but the Trump administration is rejecting applications for some who have celebrated their 18th birthdays.

Two rows of four books, "A Very Large Expanse of Sea, "Hurricane Child," "Girls Resist," "Go Show the World," "My So-Called Bollywood Life," "Drawn Together," The Poet X," "Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop."

Gift These Uplifting Books to the Kids and Young Adults In Your Life

As we shift into a new year, let these 2018 titles affirm, inspire and galvanize the young people in your life. 

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Trump Administration Ignores How Laws Are Made to Deny People Food Stamps

The USDA proposed rule changes could affect more than half a million people.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stand guard at the Tecate, Mexico, port of entry into the United States on December 4, 2018.

Border Protection Didn't Tell Congress About Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant to Avoid 'Politicizing' Her Passing

Representative Joaquin Castro: “This is going to be a very serious problem for him and an issue that the next Congress will look into.”

Protestors surround woman holding sign that reads families belong together in protest of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy immigration and refugee policies in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2018.

Migrant Families Still Being Separated at the Border

Border agents say they have “no obligation” to report new cases of family separation because they didn’t take place under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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New Report Shows Fear of Deportation is Keeping Children Out of School

The UNESCO study urges schools to create safe spaces for all students.