News Report, Keisa Reynolds
After breaking ground in 2013, the West Contra Costa Family Justice Center held its grand opening this month at 256 24th Street. In the first year at its new location, the center is expected to help an estimated 2,000 survivors of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse and human trafficking.
By Ronvel Sharper
The Young Men’s Empowerment Group at Richmond High School, led by counselors Kawal Ulaneday and Lakeyssia Brown, taught me how to react in bed times, helped me when I felt trapped and made me—and the other people in my group—more conscious of our decisions and how we make them.
Commentary, Sonya Mann
I was ashamed to live in Richmond when I first moved here 10 years ago.
It wasn’t until halfway through high school that I realized that my reaction was problematic.
When 13-year-old female baseball player Mo’ne Davis was publicly slut-shamed on Twitter earlier this year, thousands rallied to her defense. The incident highlighted the longstanding tradition in this country of hyper-sexualizing female athletes.
By Ronvel Sharper and Brianna Ferrell
Editor’s Note: More than 90% of teens ages 13 -17 report going online daily via smart phones, with about one in four online “almost constantly”, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Results also show more frequent use among African-American and Hispanic youth than whites.
by Malcolm Marshall
More than 15 years after a landmark Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health brought attention to mental illness as an “urgent health concern,” many youth and adults with mental illness are still not getting the treatment they need.
Photo Essay, Josue Hernandez
Each year thousands of people come out for one of Richmond’s biggest events, the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival organized by the 23rd Street Merchants Association. This year it was held on May 2, and for the first time I decided to see what all the hype was about.
By Chanelle Ignant
A team of high school students from across the West Contra Costa Unified School District is asking: “What are we eating?” Teens from the nonprofit group YES Nature To Neighborhoods have conducted a research project into the nutrition of meals served in the district’s 11 high schools.
By Edgardo Cervano-Soto
On Jan. 6, 2015, Petronila Fernandes’ son, a kindergarten student at J.O. Ford Elementary, felt ill during school. When she checked in on him during the day, Fernandes noticed the milk carton the school had given him. The expiration date said Dec. 31, 2014. The next day, Fernandes says her child was again served milk with a Dec. 31 expiration date, despite the food services staff saying they had no inventory of milk from the end of December.
Story and Video • Ann Bassette
Hundreds of people filled the El Cerrito High School theater to watch the world premiere of the film “Romeo is Bleeding,” a candid and revealing documentary following the lives of a group of young, spoken word artists — knows as Richmond Artists with Talent, or just RAW Talent.