by Elizabeth Zalanga
A common struggle for African-American students trying to succeed in school is handling the putdowns of black peers. One of the worst is the accusation that they are "acting white," an insult often hurled at young people who speak standard English or have ambition, an implication that they have rejected black culture.
by Daina Stanley
When construction crews bulldozed St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood to make way for Interstate 94 in the 1960s, they destroyed the center of the city's African-American life, forcing many of the community's residents to move. But the spirit of Rondo lives on among its former residents and their descendants. Among them is Daina Stanley
by Yariset Rodriguez
More than 20 percent of Latino students attending public schools in Minneapolis drop out of high school. That's nearly double the overall dropout rate for the district. In this latest installment of Minnesota Public Radio's Young Reporters Series, Yariset Rodriguez -- a recent high school graduate -- explains how she succeeded.
by Jasmyn Taylor
Preserving customs is important in many families and many parents encourage their children to carry on established traditions. But not all traditions need to be repeated. In this installment of MPR's Young Reporters Series, Jasmyn Taylor tells us how she's bucking the trend in her family -- by not becoming a teenage mother.
by Amrita Mohanty
Families that move to the U.S. from another county have a lot of obstacles to overcome: learning a new culture and sometimes learning a new language, too. The Mohantys of Woodbury have adapted to life in their adopted county but they now want to preserve their Indian heritage.
by Lolla Mohammed Nur
Ka Joog uses the arts, mentorship and discussions to build bridges and bridge gaps to help dispel negative images of the Somali community. The goals are lofty but Ka Joog is determined to make a difference.
by Asma Adam
Traffic crashes were the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year olds in 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. For those young drivers, texting can be a tempting distraction, even though it is illegal to text and drive in Minnesota, people do it anyway. 18-year-old Young Reporter Asma Adam tells us she won't be one of them.
The Young Reporters Series pairs high school and college-age reporters from diverse backgrounds with an experienced MPR producer to create compelling stories for MPR News. Most of the stories have a first-person point of entry, and connect with larger issues that are timely and relevant in our community. Participants gain experience in research, interviewing, field recording, writing for radio, digital editing and voicing.
If you are interested in participating, please contact producer Toni Randolph or call 651-290-1223.