Ethnic Studies Struggles for a Space in Schools

By AHSADAH JACKSON, age 11 Ethnic studies programs include classes that teach about diverse cultures and beliefs, and often highlight the histories of groups of people who have been oppressed. PHOTO: Latino USA Assemblymember Luis Alejo is trying to pass a bill in...

Camps Breakerz Send Messages Through Dance

By ADRIAN TORRES, age 9 In 2003, Mohammed Ghraiz established Camps Breakerz in Gaza’s Nusairat refugee camp in occupied Palestine. PHOTO: Michalis Karagiannis & Camps Breakerz More than six months after the end of the summer 2014 bombardment of the Gaza Strip by...

Journey of a Drug: Pharmaceuticals and the Environment

By AMIA MCDONALD, age 11 Researchers have found that many freshwater fish and amphibians were wiped out in the past 40 years partly because of the discharge of drugs. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons There is an ongoing global wildlife crisis, and according to new research...

Campaign Aims to Build Rural Economy on Dairy, Not Prisons

By SARAH MARTINEZ, age 11 Milk Not Jails aims to hire formerly incarcerated people to drive the dairy products to be sold at stores in New York City. PHOTO: Milk Not Jails In 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down four state prisons and cut $8 million from the...

Meet María José from El Salvador

PHOTO: María José Mazariego Name: María José Mazariego Age: 12 Lives In: Barrio Mejicanos, San Salvador Languages Spoken: Spanish Favorite Food: Chicken lasagna Favorite Animal: White rabbit Pets: Two dogs, one rooster, one hen and two chicks Favorite School Subject:...