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After 5 years, 170 students and scores of published stories, we’re just getting started

By Jayne O'Donnell Thursday night, March 9, 2017, two groups of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore teenagers gathered at Howard University to celebrate the launch of the Urban Health Media Project, now Youthcast Media Group (YMG), a new community-focused journalism program targeting high school students of color from under-resourced parts of the cities. The youngest were...

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Correctional facilities: The Band-Aid to mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Shawanna Vaughn had no choice. She was born in a prison hospital to an incarcerated mother.  She endured a tough childhood, only to land back in prison at 17, and continue the harmful cycle. “Nobody got to prison without adverse childhood experiences which turned into adult traumas,” said Vaughn, founder of Silent...

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Social media: A complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...

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UHMP welcomes new staffers

By Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project Two media veterans and three new faces have been added to the expanding UHMP team. In July, Julianne Hill, whose work has appeared in outlets such as NPR, PBS, Chicago Public Radio, and ABA Journal, joined as managing editor of content and programs, and Cynthia Robinson, who has...