The way it is now

For young people, recessions can be formative experiences, marking them for the rest of their lives. As part of a special project, MPR News' Public Insight Network partnered with the Neighborhood House and local artists to help teens tell the stories of their first recession.

The way it was then

The United States has weathered many recessions in its history -- at least one every decade. What do you remember from your first recession and how did those experiences affect you and your family? Share your story here