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North Country now is reporting this week about a new effort Massena is making to keep local kids off drugs: distributing drug testing kits to parents (actually, they’re giving them to the school district for distribution to parents who want...
Yesterday NCPR began its series on young people in the North Country by talking with Becca Johnson, a St. Lawrence County native who has made her life in the orbit of New York City. And here on the In Box, we talked about what you’re seeing in...
Today NCPR launches an on-going series where we’ll be digging into all the complex questions that surround the issue of “brain drain” and the flight of young people and families from the North Country. This has emerged as one of...
News stories tagged with "youth"
Ogdensburg, NY, Aug 05, 2009 — With summer in full force, or at least as full as it's going to get this year, it's fishing time. Some vacationers visiting their grandparents in Ogdensburg took time to fish on the banks of the St. Lawrence for today's Heard Up North. Go to full article
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Canton, NY, Jul 28, 2009 — Last week, some North Country teenagers and senior citizens gathered to talk about life and labor in hard times. It's part of a summer workshop at NCPR called Common Wealth, Common Wisdom. We'll be hearing and seeing more from them over the next few weeks. For today, teens and seniors asked each other to tell stories about their hands. Go to full article
May 05, 2009 — Go to the Massena Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of any month, and you'll find teenagers dueling, Yu Gi Oh style. Yu Gi Oh is a trading card game based on Japanese anime cartoons. It's like a Dungeons and Dragons for a new generation. James Roscha sponsors the regular tournaments. He and one of his Yu Gi Oh proteges are the subjects of today's Heard Up North. Sarah Minor produced this story. Go to full article
Apr 21, 2009 — Tonight in Potsdam, residents will join a national dialogue on climate change and the clean energy economy. "Focus the Nation" includes more than 100 town hall meetings organized by youth activists. The Potsdam event is tonight at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. It will feature a panel of energy efficiency experts and local business leaders. It was organized by students at Clarkson University. Tracy Roux, Max Edmands, and Michael Gately spoke with David Sommerstein. They say the focus of the discussion is sustainable economic development and green jobs. Go to full article
Mar 20, 2009 — Mexican and central American immigrants--most in this country illegally--have become a fixture on hundreds of dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont. In fact, they've become crucial to many farms' survival. Meanwhile, the farmers themselves, and their families, are in involved in a degree of illegality they're not used to. It's this underground world meeting sanguine farm life that's the backdrop for the latest novel by Julia Alvarez. It's a book for teen readers called Return To Sender. Alvarez is one of America's most famous Latina authors. She wrote How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Alvarez was born in the Dominican Republic, but she's lived the majority of her life in Vermont. She's taught at Middlebury College since the 1980s. She told David Sommerstein when she first moved to Vermont, there were very few latino faces. Go to full article
Dec 24, 2008 — The ongoing pace of wartime deployments are forcing some families at Fort Drum to get creative. Single parents can send their children back home to grandparents or other relatives when called to duty. But sometimes their children don't want to leave their friends and schools around Fort Drum. Today we have a second story of military kids living in the North Country while their parents fight in a war zone. K'Wuan Allen's mother and father are in Iraq. To get by, he relies on the discipline of sports, close friends, and a dose of faith. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 30, 2008 — The vicious Aubertine-Renzi senate campaign in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties has largely eclipsed a very different kind of race. Democrat Addie Jenne Russell and Republican Bobby Cantwell have run a cordial campaign for the 118th Assembly district. And they've made sure to include independent candidate Don Lucas, whose name doesn't even appear on the ballot. David Sommerstein has this profile. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Sep 17, 2008 — Officials in an Adirondack school district have launched an anti-alcohol and drugs network. "Safe Homes" was unveiled at the start of the school year in Lake Placid and Wilmington. It gives parents a new way to build a network of home supervision for teens and their friends. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
May 02, 2008 — Traffic is snarled and the motels are full in and around Canton. Canton central school is playing host to New York State's 83rd Annual FFA Convention. Almost a thousand students from 73 schools will get to know each other and learn about agriculture and a lot more. FFA used to stand for "Future Farmers of America", but that was dropped to be more inclusive of other pursuits. David Sommerstein joined the orchestrated chaos of registration yesterday and spoke with some students... Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Feb 06, 2008 — Young adults in small towns are more likely to be idle than young people in cities and suburbs. That's according to a new report produced by the Carsey Institute, a rural-policy think-tank based in New Hampshire. According to the study, the risk is especially high here in the Northeast. Roughly 40% of 18-24 year-olds who don't finish high school will find themselves out of work, unable to pursue a higher education or job training. Brian Mann spoke with Anastasia Snyder, a rural policy expert at Ohio State University and co-author of the study. Go to full article