About the Reporting Labs
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs are classrooms, after-school programs and clubs around the country producing original, inspiring reports about how national and global issues affect local communities.
With all the misleading stereotypes about people who live in poverty, it’s hard to maintain a positive self-image, especially as a teenager. But these young women know their identity is separate from their financial status — and their family’s struggles do not define their self-worth.
Nationally, more than 20 percent of youth experience poverty. In Cincinnati, Ohio that number is twice as high and the risk of remaining below the poverty line poses as a multi-generational threat.
For homeless youth living in Hawaii, the weight of poverty and the high cost of living on an island makes them feel like they have zero control of their situation. After years of searching for a home, a gardening program helped Shawn master tools to grow his own food, support his family and regain his pride.
In the hopes for a better life, Hunter Heksch, along with his family, left Hungary to immigrate to the United States. But this land of opportunity wasn’t what he’d hoped. If struggling to maintain high grades wasn’t enough, Hunter is homeless and is currently searching for acceptance after identifying as transgender.
What happens when youth living in poverty are given the proper tools to express themselves? Art Studio World integrates art into learning to help Miami kids succeed in school, career and life.
Is the U.S. military unfairly targeting youth in poverty? Some might see it that way, but that’s only looking at one side of the story. Poor youth also look to the military as a way to escape their socioeconomic reality.
Malayna was nine years old when her mom was arrested. Samantha’s father was arrested before she was born. Learn how these children try to maintain healthy relationships while they deal with the challenging consequences of their parents actions.
Sisters Chelsie and Zayddi grew up constantly moving between foster families, treatment facilities, friends and family while their mother battled drug addiction. Chelsie often had to step in as a mother figure for Zayddi and still does. More than 8 million children in the U.S. have a parent who is battling drug addiction.