Tag: Youth

Why Some Young Voters Are Choosing Democratic Socialism Over the Democratic Party

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Tuesday night’s Democratic debate approached, members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter at Ohio State University tried to figure out where to focus their energy. At a meeting on campus last week designed to set their goals for the year, they talked about labor organizing, volunteering for Morgan Harper’s […]

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Helping Teenagers Quit Vaping

For many years, my lead-in question with adolescents, after I asked the parent to leave the room at pediatric appointments, was whether the kid had ever tried smoking cigarettes. It made a reasonable lead-in because it felt less highly charged than asking about marijuana or other substances, and in recent decades, the answer was very […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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Garbage Fires for Freedom: When Puerto Rican Activists Took Over New York’s Streets

Hiram Maristany laughs when I call to ask him about the famous Garbage Offensive. “Like so many things with the Young Lords, you got to go backward to go forward,” he says as the sounds of East Harlem rise around him: kids yelling, the cackling bochinche of old ladies, the heavy sighs and squealing brakes […]

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She’s 8 Years Old. Her Superpower? Creating Anti-Bullying Comics.

Most comic book stores would frown upon their customers sitting on their floor and reading, but Loot is not like other shops. Here its young clientele — who would not qualify for most amusement park rides — was intently reading comics, discussing them or hard at work making their own. The Brooklyn business is geared […]

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Being Young, Active and Physically Fit May Be Very Good for Your Brain

Physically fit young adults have healthier white matter in their brains and better thinking skills than young people who are out of shape, according to a large-scale new study of the links between aerobic fitness and brain health. The findings suggest that even when people are youthful and presumably at the peak of their mental […]

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Justin Trudeau, the Instagram Prime Minister, Struggles to Resonate with Young Voters

MONTREAL — Four years ago Emmanuel Amoussa, a chemistry student, voted for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, drawn by what he saw as a young progressive leader whose policies on climate change and immigration resonated with him and other members of his generation. This time, though, Mr. Amoussa, who is now 22 and studies […]

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This Politician Lives in His Mom’s Basement and He’s Campaigning on It

Twelve-year-old Nicholas Fernandes didn’t spend his vacation at camp or playing Xbox all day. Instead, he devoted his summer to work on a political campaign. Between June and August, Nicholas, along with 75 other student interns (ages 12 to 22), researched policy positions, stuffed envelopes and distributed campaign literature on behalf of Legislator Josh Lafazan […]

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Training Teenagers for Guerrilla Warfare in the Wealthy Suburbs? Welcome to 1969

In the last year of the 1960s, a political poster began showing up on dorm room walls. It showed a hand holding up two fingers in a peace symbol, captioned “1966.” Below that, in a second image captioned “1967,” the index finger was lowered, middle finger up. “1968” was symbolized with a raised fist. The […]

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It Takes a Teenager to Help a Teenager in Crisis

After losing his best friend to suicide, Taylor Harrison, then 18, was looking for ways to honor the memory of his friend, deal with his own grief, and help others going through a hard time. He decided to volunteer at Lines for Life, a nonprofit crisis-line organization in Portland, Oregon. Just a few months into […]

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Young Voters Still ‘Feel the Bern,’ but Not Just for Bernie Sanders Anymore

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — College students are back on campus. Bernie Sanders is, too. Earlier this month at Iowa State University, he lectured to young voters as they played “Green New Deal Pong” (the Solo cups were filled with green-colored water) and “Bern Bag Toss.” At the University of Nevada, Reno, he croaked through a […]

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What the Ingebrigtsen Brothers Can Teach Us About Nature, Nurture and Running

Is there one right way to rear and shape a young runner? According to an intimate new case study of the lives, backgrounds and training of Henrik, Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen, three world-class, middle-distance runners and brothers from Norway, young athletes may be able to follow varying routes to running success. But all of the […]

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Who Is Caroline Calloway? An Explainer

Caroline Calloway is a 27-year-old personality whose preferred medium of expression is the posting of photos and screen shots of text to Instagram. She has become a fixture in the digital daily tours of some young, literary, edgy people, particularly women. Her Instagram photos are often accompanied by lengthy captions. She has dabbled with expanding […]

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In Africa, Pope Francis Comes Face to Face With the Future of the Church

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Young men and women wearing the words “Pope Francis” on their backs and “Catholic Youth” on their sleeves packed the bleachers of a stadium in Mozambique on Thursday and listened to Francis tell them, “You are important!” “You need to believe it,” Francis said to the raucous crowd at the Maxaquene Pavillon, […]

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The Strange and Beautiful Universe of Walter Van Beirendonck

THE COLLECTION WAS called Wonder and was shown in Paris’s Bataclan theater, in the 11th Arrondissement, in late June of 2009. Large, hirsute men — bears, in the lexicon of gay male culture — stomped down the runway. A dizzying tempo of electronic music blared on the speakers. The bears had a variety of facial […]

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When Did College Turn So Cruel?

Paul Tough’s important new book on the broken promises of higher education begins with a chapter that he succeeds in making as suspenseful as the prologue of any serial-killer novel and as heart-rending as the climax of an epic romance. It describes a high school senior who is waiting to hear if she has been […]

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