Published on Feb 2, 2013
A school in Washington DC is making a difference for young African-American girls. Many of their families live below the poverty line of $35,000 for a family of four, in communities where more than half of all students drop out before they reach high school. VOA’s Chris Simkins has more on how this special school is turning around the lives of girls.
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Published on Nov 23, 2012 by deutschewelleenglish
After the brutal murder of high school student Jonny K. in Berlin, politicians and experts are debating the issue of juvenile crime. Although the number of cases is on the decline, the actual crimes appear to be becoming increasingly violent. Is the law too soft on juvenile offenders? Is it time to get tough?
On The Wire, middle-schooler Dukie falls through the cracks in the system.
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The violence of children’s play, visualized.
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This is the story of Mike, who was beaten up at school for being homosexual in one of the most tolerant countries in the world. And he’s not alone. When he turned to the school for help, they ignored the problem.
This film is part of a children’s rights campaign in the Netherlands by the Dutch Children’s Ombudsman, an official government position. The film is meant to draw attention to Holland’s poor record on children’s rights and inform Dutch children that, despite what anyone might say, they too have rights.
The campaign is based on real stories by children whose rights have recently been violated. Wanting to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of their experience and precariousness of their positions, we recruited other Dutch kids to help them tell their stories. The campaign includes a total of 4 short films and a series of outdoor posters. To watch other films search for ‘Children’s Ombudsman, Every child has the right to…’ or for Dutch speakers go to http://www.dekinderombudsman.nl
The modern version of the Native American game lacrosse is a popular sport at many predominately white and affluent, suburban private schools in the United States. But it also has taken root at a predominantly African American, public high school in Washington, plagued by poverty, violence and low academic achievement. Girls are now playing lacrosse at Ballou High School, where educators and students there hope to gain from it.
Determined social worker helps Ruddy Mirabal graduate from high school while in jail and now she’s fighting to prevent his deportation.
The Ad Council marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities. Through everyone’s combined efforts, thousands of public service campaigns are produced and distributed on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventative health, education, community well being, environmental preservation and strengthening families.
Underage prostitution in the United States is organised crime’s third biggest money-maker after guns and drugs. But Washington’s accused of blaming the kids instead of the criminals – putting young girls behind bars for walking the streets, instead of offering rescue and help.
Rare early 60s tv commercial for Mattel’s Tommy Burst submachine gun detective set.
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In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man is dead and that she killed him. What mystified filmmaker Daniel Birman was just how common violence among youth is, and just how rarely we stop to question our assumptions about it. He wondered in this case what led a girl — who grew-up in a reasonable home environment — to this tragic end?
The sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16.
In a pretrial interview, Dr. William Bernet listens as Cyntonia recounts a painful past.
Cyntoia’s adoptive mother struggles to understand why she missed the warning signs.
In prison, Cyntoia tries to recuperate her own self-esteem after years of abuse.
Via prison telephone, Cyntoia recounts her past choices and hopes for a better future.
A unique foster care home that specializes in helping abused children will close after decades because of funding.