Lack of Paid Family Leave Stretches New Parents

By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 12 New parents need time off work after birth or adoption to become familiar with their new children, rest and adjust to changing life circumstances. PHOTO: Harsha K R The United States has one of the least progressive parental leaves in...

43 Students Missing in Mexico

By MARIANNE NACANAYNAY, age 12, and IndyKids Staff Young protesters in Mexico holding a sign that says, “The families demand that their sons are found.” PHOTO: kinoluiggi/Flickr On September 26, 2014, 43 students training to become teachers at Raul Isidro...

Militarization of Youth

Kids playing with weapons at a military recruitment tent outside of an Army football game in Texas. PHOTO: Army Recruiting/Flickr Military Recruitment in Schools By SADIE PRICE-ELLIOTT, age 13 At most public high school job fairs in the United States, students will...

Youth Homelessness on the Rise

By SOPHIA ROTHMAN, age 11 Kasey was homeless in Chicago for more than a year after she came out to her family. Forty percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ. PHOTO: The Homestretch Briana DeMaio has been homeless since she was 12, when she and her family were kicked out...

Frackquakes: Does Fracking Trigger Earthquakes?

By MATTHEW DOTY, age 11 A fracking site in California, where 54 percent of active new wells are within 10 miles of active fault lines. PHOTO: Faces of Fracking/Flickr Fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing) is a process used to release natural gas and oil trapped in...