Norwood News Presents Bronx Youth Heard Spring 2016 Session

The Spring 2016 edition of Bronx Youth Heard is out, with stories written by teens, geared for teens. This year we present seven stories crafted by these Bronx Youth Heard reporters, who spent twelve weeks learning the fundamentals of news reporting. They took those skills and crafted these stories we hope you enjoy! Bronx Youth Heard was made possible by Mosholu Preservation Corporation, which publishes the Norwood News. The stories appeared in the Vol. 29 No. 10 edition of the newspaper. The Norwood News wants to publicly thank  instructor Matt Surrusco for leading the students towards the road of journalism.


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Worn Out: Bronx Teens Say School Dress Code Shows Gender Bias

Shorts, shirts, pants and tank tops; everyday pieces of clothing that serve the same purpose. But while one student is told to go home for wearing a certain item of clothing at school, another just skates by. The only difference between the two? Their gender. Dress codes, instituted in various forms, vary in scope and restriction within New York City’s public school system, though the general rule that appropriate attire must be worn applies to all schools. The New York City Education Department, which regulates the school dress code, states on its website that dress codes are intended to “provide


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The Big ‘L’: Why Do Teens Fall in Love?

Bronx teenagers are getting hit by Cupid’s arrows. Many teens see being in a romantic relationship as beneficial because it offers them emotional support, care and security. Even though relationships have pros and cons, when speaking with Bronx teens, some dating factors resonate. Teenagers in relationships often develop a sort of dependence on their significant other. Anthony Garriga, a single 17-year-old with past dating experience, said he has developed an attachment to a former girlfriend. “She got to comfort me, and is actually there for me. That’s really all I need from a girl. When my friends aren’t there, she


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English, Isolation, and the Next Steps Facing Teens of Foreign Born

Working while attending school, overcoming misplaced perceptions, and struggling to learn English often leaves young English language learners (ELLs) with the tough decision on whether or not to stay in school. It’s a decision that frequently hits children of foreign-born parents. “I didn’t know anyone here. Didn’t have any friends,” Lily Rivas, 18, a freshman attending Lehman College, told the Norwood News. “I couldn’t even talk to anyone because they wouldn’t understand [me] and I wouldn’t understand them either.” Rivas, a former English as a second language (ESL) student, graduated from the Leadership Institute High School in the Bronx last


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Chew on This: Fast Food Can Lead to Health Risks

Bronx teenagers crave what the borough has to offer in abundance: fast food. Often, teens prefer to eat a quick, affordable, and convenient meal and the Bronx is meeting that demand. However, many of these teens may be unaware of how various fast food restaurants often use ingredients that contain high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, carbohydrates, sodium, and saturated fat, to prepare a meal. The high presence of fast food eateries in the Bronx coincides with the borough’s dead last rank in healthy New York State counties. As of 2015, the Bronx “has the strongest growing rate of fast


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With Increased Services, City Seeks to Help More Homeless Youth

  The number of homeless people in the Bronx has increased since last year, with some of that number being teens, according to the Coalition for Homeless Youth, an advocacy and direct service organization based in New York City. Many of them do not have a place to lay their heads at night, an issue becoming more and more common. “As a former homeless young person, I know how hard it is to get by without a safe, affordable place to live,” said Jawanza Williams, a youth organizer at VOCAL-NY. The community organizing group took part in a January news


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Hello…Goodbye; School Lifts, Then Restores Cell Phone Ban After Rules Broken

The ban on cell phones in New York City public schools was lifted by the de Blasio Administration on March 22, 2015. Although the ban was lifted, school principals were given discretion over lifting or keeping the ban in their respective schools. Bruce Abramowitz, the principal of the High School of Computers and Technology, one of six small schools at the Evander Childs Educational Complex in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx, lifted the phone ban in his school on the condition that they would be used during lunch, after school or when given permission in a class by a


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The Cost of Street Violence

Christian Garcia would’ve turned 21 on March 15, 2016. Last August, friends and family held a candlelight vigil in his memory in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx, where Garcia had lived. He was shot in the chest and killed at a park in Soundview on Aug. 2, 2015, a victim of street violence. Since he died, a hole has been left in the hearts of his family and many friends. “I didn’t think it was real. Like, I had just spoke to him a couple hours before he died. Then all of a sudden I get a call that


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Neighborhood Notes

Bronx Youth Heard The Norwood News is accepting applications for Bronx Youth Heard, a free afterschool program that teaches journalism skills to Bronx high school students ages 14 to 18. Applications are available online at http://bit.ly/BYHFall2016. For more information, contact David Cruz, program director for Bronx Youth Heard and editor-in-chief of Norwood News, at dcruz@norwoodnews.org or at (718) 324-4998.  “Treecycling” Recycle your holiday tree to nourish parks throughout the city. Free mulch and free collection bags will be provided at Van Cortlandt Park’s golf course at Bailey Avenue and VC Pk. So., Jan. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to


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