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Brittany LaBrake
Brittany LaBrake

Raise Your Voice: Living on Your Own Isn't Easy

For a lot of kids in high school, the opportunity to live in your own apartment is like a dream come true, a long awaited chance for independence and freedom. That's what Brittany LaBrake thought. Brittany was living in a foster home for five years. A month before her 18th birthday, while she was still in high school, she signed herself out of foster care to live on her own. Brittany moved into an apartment in Potsdam with her boyfriend, Gary. She wanted to live her life independently, bravely, like her hero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from TV. But it's not that easy. Here's Brittany's audio diary, a part of our series Raise Your Voice: Stories from North Country Teens.  Go to full article

Campaign Finance Reformers Regroup

The 2004 Election was the most expensive in U.S. history. There were more TV and radio ads than ever before. And there were 3 presidential debates, but the issue of campaign finance reform barely got a mention. Those who want to reduce the amount and influence of money in politics are re-grouping to bring their message back to the headlines. Joan Mandle is executive director of Democracy Matters, based at Colgate University, with chapters on college campuses nationwide. She told David Sommerstein the 2004 election makes campaign finance reform more important than ever.  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and parents of a former participant say drill instructors used excessive force on their middle and high school students. As David Sommerstein reports, lawmakers are calling for an external investigation.  Go to full article

Growing Community in Gouverneur

Ground was broken and tilled last spring for a new community garden in Gouverneur managed by young people. Todd Moe visited the garden as the first seeds were planted.  Go to full article

Cubans Seek Political Asylum in Canada

Some of the 23 Cubans who stayed in Canada following World Youth Day have emerged from seclusion to apply for refugee status. The rest are expected to do the same this week with help and support from the local Cuban community. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
Members of the band "Perserverance", from Norwood-Norfolk High School.
Members of the band "Perserverance", from Norwood-Norfolk High School.

Rockin' at the Green

High school musicians usually get a chance to perform for an audience at school jazz band or orchestra concerts. But aside from parties and the occasional high school dance, there are few opportunities for young rock musicians to test their licks in public. For 7 years now, the Norwood Village Green concert series has provided an outlet for high school bands to rock out. David Sommerstein takes us backstage at the High School Rock Band Festival.  Go to full article
Common Ground: Seeds and seedlings are planted in Gouverneur's new community garden.
Common Ground: Seeds and seedlings are planted in Gouverneur's new community garden.

A Place to Grow: Gouverneur's New Community Garden

Ground was broken and tilled late last month for a new community garden in the village of Gouverneur. It's not the first or the only community garden in the North Country, but it's one that will be managed by young people and youth groups. Organizers say it will be a reliable source of fresh vegetables for area families and food pantries, as well as a powerful means to bring people together. Todd Moe visited the garden as the first seeds were planted.  Go to full article

Director Jay Craven on Teens in Film

Martha Foley talks with film director Jay Craven about giving young people a start in film. Craven's credits include "Where Rivers Flow North" and "The Spitfire Grill". He's involved in the teen film forum at the Lake Placid Film Forum this week.  Go to full article

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