After 27 years, Kharon Benson's father was released from prison after a frustrating and complicated parole process. Now, ahead of the election, Kharon investigates some of the flaws in the criminal justice system and what the candidates will do about it if they win.
As a writing student in El Paso, Texas, Antonio Villaseñor-Baca is especially attuned to the politics of language at the U.S.-Mexico border and the way it shapes the so-called Latinx vote. But for anyone growing up on the border, words open windows onto whole ways of life.
Bernie Sanders' run for president may be over but the young people at the center of it are still politically engaged. Sher Delva reflects on her political awakening and wonders what comes next.
For this first-generation college student, making ends meet and paying for tuition hasn’t been easy. Balancing school with working at a gas station and living with 4 other people has Erianna Jiles questioning: Is college really worth it? And will things change for people like her after the 2020 election?
“Because of the Black Lives Matter movement, I feel the most optimistic I've ever been about the future of the country."Sage TownsendLouisville, KY
We are 18- to 29-year-olds. And we have the most at stake in the 2020 election. There is a lot of speculation in mainstream media about which candidate we will vote for and how many of us will actually go to the polls, but very little attention paid to our actual experiences and perspectives when it comes to the issues being debated on the national stage. These issues are more than talking points for us. They are the struggles that define our communities and our futures. They are our stories, they need to be told and we want to be the ones to tell them. Follow us as our perspectives are featured here and on partner outlets over the months leading up to the general election.
YR Media and WNYC’s Radio Rookies carried out a national contributor search. From more than one hundred applications to our open call for contributors, we selected a team of 13 talented young media makers. Contributors are racially and ethnically diverse, identify across the political spectrum, and represent every region in the country. With support from YR Media and Radio Rookies editorial staff, they are producing content in audio, video, and print formats on issues including race and criminal justice, #BlackLivesMatter, health care access, poverty, education, LGBTQ rights, college affordability, homelessness, opioid addiction and immigration. Check out an OpEd from YR Media's CEO on where this project fits in history. Also, don’t miss our collaboration with POPSUGAR.