Many of the decisions we make are shaped by the opportunities we have access to. The path to adulthood and economic security is not straightforward. For our series, "Opportunity in America," teen journalists produced stories that explore dreams, expectations and the barriers teenagers must overcome to achieve their goals.
The stories examine the tough choices and personal struggles that members of Gen Z are facing on the path to success, and the support systems that aim to prepare the most diverse and interconnected generation of our time.
Young West Virginians wrestle with the decision to leave the state they love in search of economic security. The recent boom in natural gas pipeline construction is offering opportunities, but some are concerned the industry is only producing temporary jobs and further compounding the brain-drain of young, educated talent.
High schooler Sumeet Gulati created a competitive dance team in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to showcase Punjabi culture in his local community.
In Southern California, West Ranch High School senior Maggie Lin organizes weekly visits to a local elementary school classroom for students with special needs.
The Special Olympics Unified Schools program at Maui High School in Hawaii creates inclusive leadership opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities.