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Student Reporter Profiles: The first audio work of the program. Meet the Youth Voice student reporters by listening below!
- 18 years old
- Broome Community College
- Favorite Superhero: Spawn
- Favorite Food: Pizza
Student Reporter izzy-z talks about his childhood experiences moving around the country. Listen to his story here.
One of the most memorable moments in my life was when 2001 hit, and my family and I moved around a lot. I traveled to Houston with my family, as will as my cousin’s family. Me and my cousin caused mischief on the way to Houston! I lived in Miami three years after living in Houston. My final stop was coming back to New York.
I have been exposed to a lot of different environments and people. That’s what has made me the person I am today.
- Grade 11
- Ithaca City School District
- Favorite Car: Bugatti Veyron Turbo
- Favorite Activity: Snowboarding
Student Reporter JMAXX35 shares his thoughts from a near-death experience. Listen to his story here.
“In February of 2010, I was in a car accident with my parent. It was a cold and rainy evening. We were driving from my house to Elmira to return the Toyota Spider that we had rented while our car was being repaired.
As we drove down the road, we spotted a silver minivan as it hit a patch of ice and lost control. The silver minivan went into a spin and, as it spun, it knocked a gold minivan off of the road. The impact was so powerful that the gold minivan wrapped around a tree! By now, the silver minivan had stopped spinning, but it was still moving. It was now going about 35 miles-per-hour and moving broadside down the road.
In the five-second wait before the impact, my parent asked, “Do you have your seat belt on?” I guess that she knew there was no way to avoid the accident. When the impact occurred and the airbag deployed, I could feel all of the breath leave my body. When the paramedics arrived, they said that we were lucky to be alive. At this moment, it did not matter what the paramedics had said to me but, as we arrived at the hospital, I realized that I could have died.”
- Grade 10
- Broome-Tioga BOCES
- Favorite Activity: Singing
Student Reporter Lia Scott speaks about her experiences being bullied and its lasting impact. Listen to her story here.
“In 2011, I had one of the worst experiences of my life. During my freshman year, I found myself hiding in restrooms day after day and coming home from school crying. It inspired me to help kids and other teens stand up to bullies and stay strong.
Now, I am singing on a record label and following my dreams of becoming a recording artist. If I had not gone through the pain of bullying, I would never be where I am today. I love being able to inspire others with my story.
I incorporate my experiences into my music, including my first single, “Blind.” In all, I am thankful I went through what I did. I am hopeful that people listen to my story and that they will help to put an end to bullying along with me.”
- Grade 12
- New Roots Charter School
- Favorite Food: Beef Patty
- Favorite Activity: Hanging out with friends
Student Reporter Mike&Ike shares a personal story of encountering racism as a young child. Listen to his story here.
I remember when I was 11 years old, a cousin, a friend, and I were at the park. We were playing freeze tag when, suddenly, we see a group of kids walking toward the park. We did not think anything of them, so we kept playing. However, they all started staring at us and taunting us with racial slurs.
We decided to leave the park because we did not want things to escalate into fighting. As we were walking out of the park, the group of kids started to throw food at us. My cousin yelled at them to stop, but they just started laughing. We started running and they started chasing after us. Both my cousin and my friend ran ahead, leaving me behind.
I ran to the nearest building where I ran into an older woman. She asked me, “Why are you running?” I was too out of breathe to answer. I looked behind me and saw the group of kids looking through the glass window. The old woman then asked me if they were my friends. I shook my head no and told her they were chasing after me. She said, “Don’t worry. They’re not gonna’ do anything now.” The group of kids walked away and I never saw them again.
I still wonder to this day what would have happened if that old woman was not there to make those kids go away.
- Grade 9
- Ithaca City School District
- Favorite Color: Blue
- Favorite Sneaker: Can’t decide- There are so many!
Student Reporter P@C M@N shares a lesson he learned as a middle school student. Listen to his story here.
“A memorable event in my life was when I was in 7th grade. There was a kid I knew that was always getting in trouble. Let’s call him Patrick. Patrick asked me if I wanted to buy a cell phone from him that he had apparently found. I told Patrick I would trade him a bad phone for it. Patrick agreed to the deal and we traded cell phones the next day.
Right off the bat, I knew something was wrong. After the traded, I remembered that I had gotten in trouble before for trading. I tried trading back, but Patrick said no. Then, it got to me. I knew something was definitely wrong.
I had the phone for about a day, and then there was an announcement at lunch saying there was a phone stolen from the gym teacher. I did not even know I had the phone –But it was me! I had the phone in my pocket. Next thing I knew, the principal escorted me to his office.
I ended up having lunch detention in the principal’s office for the rest of the school year. Although I did not steal the cell phone, I had possession of it when I was called down to the office. The lesson I learned was not to trade something without knowing anything about where it came from.”
- 17 years old
- Union-Endicott Central School District
- Favorite Activity: Skating
- Favorite Music: Hip-Hop
Student Reporter QIx5 shares how supportive friends help him to face challenges and succeed. Listen to his story here.
“With a good group of friend, the most that could happen is great inspiration. While skating, my friends never let me turn down a challenge. One thing that I’ve gained from them is, when faced with a difficult decision, sometimes you need to get over your fears and push yourself to accomplish what you want to. Then, in the end, you may gain confidence in yourself and the people around you.”