Youth Radio

These four teenagers spent their summer with WLRN News. They each reported personal stories focused on a place: a park, a torn-down apartment building, school, etc.
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"To get out and explore more things," is how Rochnel Jean-Baptiste described her desire to eventually leave Miami after she finishes school. Jean-Baptiste was one of four teenagers who participated in WLRN's 2016 Youth Radio program.

It's the most teenage of desires -- to explore more things -- isn't it?

WLRN Youth Radio: When Gentrification Happened To Me

Aug 31, 2016
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Miami changes very quickly. The city has only existed for little more than  a century and seems to constantly reinvent itself every decade.

But change can disrupt communities that have weathered those changes for a long time. The neighborhood of Overtown, in particular, has been in the middle of a lot of these changes over the years.

Jam’Mesha Briggs grew up in Overtown, went to school in Overtown and was surrounded by family who lived in Overtown. One day she had to move out.

She tells her story about what it’s like to be on the receiving end of gentrification.

Youth Radio Asks: Why Is School Lunch Gross

Aug 23, 2016
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“It's jail food, I feel like I’m in prison.

“It’s sometimes cold and salty. Sometimes it has no taste.”

“I look at the school lunch and don’t even eat it”

These are just a few of the comments Rachel Greig collected about very few people’s favorite meal: school lunch.

The Miami-Dade County high school junior talks about school lunch all the time with her younger brother and dad, an elementary school teacher. And always wondered why it didn’t meet her standards for a good meal.

Follow her journey to get some answers:

WLRN Youth Radio Asks: Do I Have A Right To A Classroom Education?

Aug 22, 2016
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Everyone has a right to an education at least until high school, right?

As Anthony Espinoza found out, it’s not so simple, especially when you hit 16. At that age, young people can choose to drop out of school. But Anthony wanted back in school after he had to leave the magnet school he attended because his grades were suffering following dozens of absences and tardies.

Anthony tries to figure out exactly what happened to him and figure out what to do next. Listen to his story:

WLRN Youth Radio Asks: What The Heck Are Spanish Limes?

Aug 4, 2016
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Mamoncillo, genipe, ginepa, limoncillo, canepa and skinip.

These are just a few of the ways people refer to what English speakers call “Spanish limes.”

While everyone is recovering from overindulging in mangoes this summer, WLRN’s youth radio interns wanted to explore another tropical fruit ripening in this heat. While it’s not as popular as the mango, it’s a common landscaping plant in South Florida. So you might have one and not even know you can eat the fruit!