2018 Youth Reporting Institute

2018 Youth Reporting Institute.
Credit Jay Price / WUNC

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. These young people tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Youth Reporters: Ambrosia DeConto,  Rajeev Dutta, Anthony Howard,  Zara Ameera Khan, Kenzi Patrick, Lillian Rao
Project Mentors: Kamaya Truitt-Martin, Allison Swaim
WUNC Staff Mentors: Elizabeth Baier, Robin Copley, Jason deBruyn, Dave DeWitt, Laura Pellicer, Lisa Philip, Anita Rao
Multimedia Producer: Emmanuel Tobe
Digital Editor: Elizabeth Baier
Program Director: David Brower

Ways to Connect

The Moment You Realize You’re Brown

Sep 28, 2018
Lily Rao (left) tries on various shades of makeup with a friend.
Emmanuel Tobe / WUNC

My mom is white. My dad is Indian. This leaves me with brown skin. When I was younger, I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that I was brown-- it was as normal to me as my brown hair. I soon realized that not only were the characters Kim Possible, Cinderella, and Nancy Drew all white, but all of my classmates and friends were white, too.

Rajeev Dutta (double bass) along with his jazz band members Hayden Davis (saxophone), Troy Thomas (piano) and Kevin Woicyk (drums). Dutta and his band, The Midnight Blues, played for the residents at The Forest at Duke Retirement Center on July 9, 2018.
Emmanuel Tobe / WUNC

Hayden Davis is an 18 year old Biomedical Engineering student at UNC Chapel Hill. He drives between work and home in his 2004 Honda Accord most weekdays. Joan Cohen is a senior resident at the Forest at Duke. She is a potter and uses a walker to get around her retirement community.

Claude Stikeleather (middle), with Alex Hart (left) and Lily James (right), perform at Local 506 in Chapel Hill with their band Fish Dad.
Courtesy of Claude Stikeleather

Growing up LGBT in a world that constantly shifts forward and backward on how it tolerates you, it's hard to know where you stand with the people around you.

Youth leaders and organizers for the March for Our Lives Rally hold hands after a final speech to show unity in Greensboro, North Carolina on Aug. 1, 2018.
Emmanuel Tobe / WUNC

In light of the school shooting epidemic across the U.S., many teens have become more active within their local communities and are taking a stand for their beliefs.

Youth in Parkland, Florida, and other regions across the country, have encouraged other young people to advocate for issues, big or small. Among those issues is the question of voting. As some youth register to vote for the first time, some are skeptical about what voting can actually achieve.

My Mother's Tongue Is Not My Mother Tongue

Aug 13, 2018
Safia Ghafoor, shows Zara Ameera Khan her childhood board game in Jeu de L’Oie, which helped her learn French when she was younger.
Emmanuel Tobe / WUNC

Language is one of the first things you learn growing up, but when you’re a first or second generation immigrant, it’s hard. Balancing both English and your parents’ tongue usually results in the loss of one. For a lot of my friends, fluency starts to fade and becomes, as my friend Noor Abualhawa says, "Imkasar."

Kenzi Patrick with her grandfather James Patrick, who is teaching her how to safely reload a 9mm pistol on July 7, 2018.
Kamaya Truitt / WUNC

When I was a little girl, I lived with my grandfather for a while and I remember hearing him talk about his gun. I never really saw his gun growing up, but hearing him talk about it made me feel safe in a way, like no matter what happened, I would be protected because of his gun.

About Our 2018 Youth Reporters

Jul 12, 2018

Youth Radio reporters at the annual Summer Youth Reporting Institute pitch, report, write and produce radio news stories on assignment for broadcast on North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.