SRL Academy 2021 | The CIA: Trans youth, AAPI hate, stereotypes, youth voting

July 13, 2021

Younger and older generations of Asian Americans in the Bay Area are speaking out against the recent rise in hate crimes against their communities.

This piece was produced by Gracie Osborne from Oakland Military Institute in Oakland, California, with support from Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick.


An 11th grader with straight A’s gets stereotyped as lazy because of his passion for skateboarding.

This piece was produced by Sinaiah Pointer from Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, with support from Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick.


How Pennsylvania’s changing political landscape and a surge in youth voting affected the 2020 elections.

This piece was produced by Isaac Harte from Shipley School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, with support from Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick.


As teens develop into adults, the path of self discovery looks different for everyone. Wednesday Gomez, a ninth grade student from Austin, Texas, identifies as non-binary, a recent discovery in their path to adulthood. Wednesday uses a new name and pronouns to express their identity. They talk about their path to transition and how it has affected their current life with both parents and friends.

Jake Waggoner, another teen from Austin, recently came out as transgender. He and his family talk about what his transition was like for them.

This piece was produced by Alice Scott from McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, with support from Youth Media Producer Marie Cusick.