WBEZ | teens http://www.wbez.org/tags/teens Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Some Mexicans in Chicago not sure about their team's World Cup chances http://www.wbez.org/news/some-mexicans-chicago-not-sure-about-their-teams-world-cup-chances-110319 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Mexico1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Soccer is tough. But those who play it, love it. At a soccer field in Pilsen, a few dozen teens from Cristo Rey High School are sweating it out during a muggy practice session. The artificial turf also doubles as a baseball field.</p><p>The teens switch squads and talk about European soccer during gatorade breaks. I ask four Mexican American teenagers who they&rsquo;re rooting for during the World Cup.</p><p>&ldquo;Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina,&rdquo; the high schoolers say. These are second generation Mexicans who think the national team is on the losing end of the World Cup stick. 14-year-old Analysette Peña predicts Brazil. With an asterisk.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m from Mexico so would I like to see them win? But we gotta face it,&rdquo; says Peña. &ldquo;There are other teams that put more effort than them and try not to make mistakes. So I&rsquo;m going to root for the ones that actually deserve to win.&rdquo;</p><p>These kids are not alone. Earlier this month at Soldier Field, the team showed why it may not make it far in the World Cup. Mexico disappointed its fans again, losing to Bosnia 1-0.</p><p>Herrasamo Sanchez is from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Like the other tens of thousands of Mexican fans at the game, he&rsquo;s cheering for Mexico, but loyal to a certain point.</p><p>&ldquo;Obviously I&rsquo;m going to support my nation. But Brazil is going to take the World Cup,&quot; says Sanchez. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to win it.&rdquo;</p><p>Mexico&rsquo;s lackluster performance is being blamed on everything from multiple coaching changes in recent months to the loss of star midfielder Luis Montes Jimenez to an injury. Mexico&rsquo;s poor play is impacting fans and sports vendors in the Chicago area.</p><p>In Melrose Park, the store La Cancha sport is preparing to close for the night. The co-owner says they&rsquo;ve only sold only one Mexican national jersey all day. Jose Martinez came from Hammond, Indiana, to get shirts for a neighborhood league. Looking down as he speaks, he makes no attempt to hide his disappointment. Both as a Mexican national and as a businessman who lost money trying to sell Mexican shirts at the Soldier Field game.</p><p>&ldquo;When they do well, people buy. When they don&rsquo;t play well, they don&rsquo;t sell,&quot; says Martinez. &ldquo;Of course it hurts. They should be playing better.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s when Carolina Reyes interrupts him. She drove from DuPage County to buy little league uniforms.</p><p>&ldquo;When the team is losing, everyone&rsquo;s a critic. But when they&rsquo;re winning, everyone loves them,&rdquo; says Reyes. &quot;Win or lose, I&rsquo;m Mexican and I&rsquo;m rooting for Mexico!&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s when Martinez looks up and confesses: He plans to root for Mexico.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ Host/Producer Yolanda Perdomo on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews">@yolandanews</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/106564114685277342468/posts/p/pub">Google+</a></em></p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/some-mexicans-chicago-not-sure-about-their-teams-world-cup-chances-110319 Most Terrifying Teen Trends http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/most-terrifying-teen-trends-105418 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/7110334649_5f79086503.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Vancouver Public Library. Another teen runs amok." /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4914306960887159">You may have never heard of &quot;vodka-facials&quot; or &quot;fires,&quot; but chances are your kids are familiar with these dangerous trends. Here are</span> some of the potentially deadly activities to look out for. (If they deny knowing anything about it it&#39;s a sign they&#39;re already addicted!)</div><p><br /><strong>Vodka facials:</strong><br />Teens pour a shot of vodka on their face and wait patiently for their pores to absorb the alcohol.<br />Danger: Missing out on the homework they could be doing while they wait for the liquor to absorb.<br /><br /><strong>Butt Smoking:</strong><br />Teens purchase cigarettes and in order to escape detection from authority figures, use their rectums to inhale and exhale smoke.<br />Danger: Cigarettes are expensive and will do damage to teen bank accounts, plus there is a risk of cigarette burns to otherwise pristine teenage tushies.<br /><br /><strong>Somersaults:</strong><br />The new planking. Instead of walking, driving, skateboarding or rollerblading, teens travel by performing continuous 360&deg; flips down the street.<br />Danger: High risk of dirtiness, neck injury and silliness.<br /><br /><strong>Teabagging:</strong><br />This is not what it sounds like--teens have a habit of giving activities vulgar nicknames. Teens suck on teabags in order to enjoy an extreme herbal, sometimes caffeinated &ldquo;rush&rdquo; when hot water is not available.<br />Danger: Choking hazard.<br /><br /><strong>Belts:</strong><br />Teen girls like to &ldquo;belt&rdquo; their baggy tops, but what is to prevent them from doing it too tightly?<br />Danger: Broken ribs, organ failure.<br /><br /><strong>Souping:</strong><br />Teens don&rsquo;t believe in a middle ground, hence they&rsquo;ve taken the good feeling most normal people get from a good bowl of Campbell&rsquo;s Chunky Soup and ingest it in extreme doses, which fills them up wrong.<br />Danger: Sodium overdose; urge to play football, which is also dangerous.<br /><br /><strong>Fires:</strong><br />Teens gather twigs from the forest, assemble them in either a &ldquo;teepee&rdquo; or &ldquo;house&rdquo; form, stuff them with newspaper, apply a match and a bit of oxygen and then, as simple as that, they&rsquo;ve got a fire.<br />Danger: There is no way of knowing whether the marshmallows they roast over the fire are gluten-free.<br /><br /><strong>Exercise:</strong><br />The hot new trend these days are endorphins. Teens exercise until they develop a &ldquo;natural high,&rdquo; known by its street name &ldquo;second wind.&rdquo;<br />Danger: Unacceptably high self esteem, shin splints.</p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 09:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/most-terrifying-teen-trends-105418 Venture: No jobs, no job skills for lots of black teens http://www.wbez.org/content/venture-no-jobs-no-job-skills-lots-black-teens <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-17/photoedit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Young men participate in a Chicago Urban League mentoring program. " class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-17/photoedit.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 270px; margin: 5px;" title="(WBEZ/Natalie Moore)"></p><p>Updated numbers on jobless claims come out this week, and they'll shed more light on the outlook for employment. It's clear one group continues to struggle in that area.<br> <br> Nearly half of black teenagers in Illinois are unemployed. In Chicago the number is even worse: 89 percent don't have work.&nbsp; A stagnant economy, under-resourced communities and lack of opportunities are all factors. Not getting work skills at an early age can be an economic disadvantage for a lifetime.<br> <br> Kenyatta Lockett is 19 and works in the stockroom at a small grocery store on East 79th Street.<br> <br> LOCKETT: I'm looking for a summer job. I'm trying to look for a summer job because this is only temporary.<br> <br> Lockett says it's hard to find a BETTER job because she dropped out of high school.<br> <br> But now she's enrolled in a GED and transitional job program to get back on track.<br> <br> The high unemployment numbers for her demographic disappoint Lockett.<br> <br> LOCKETT: I think it makes us look bad because we're supposed to set examples for other people. For people that are a younger generation than us.<br> <br> Lockett says she regrets dropping out of high school. She has friends in similar predicaments, products of Chicago's high dropout rate and vainly looking for work.<br> <br> Experts say that lack of education figures mightily. So do segregated communities with few job opportunities.<br> <br> Andrea Zopp is head of the Chicago Urban League.<br> <br> She contrasts her own stable, retail-thriving neighborhood of Beverly with other parts of the city.<br> <br> ZOPP: My kids when they went to look for jobs, could find a part-time job within a couple of miles of the house. You take a kid living in Englewood or kid living in Roseland, there's not that economic engine there.<br> <br> Zopp says part-time jobs allow young people to be involved in their communities- in a positive way. That's top of mind for those looking to help head off an uptick in youth crime when the weather is warm.<br> <br> Zopp's pushing local businesses to do summer hiring. A company may need a storeroom cleaned out or a landscaping company may need extra seasonal help. The message Zopp gives business owners is that it's relatively cheap to bring in some summer employees.<br> <br> And it's critical. Contrast 89 percent unemployment for black Chicago teens with 72 percent for white teens.<br> <br> ZOPP: The issue is our young people are sort of at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to getting jobs.<br> <br> William Rodgers agrees.<br> <br> He's a professor and economist at Rutgers University. He's looked at ways in which early work helps a teenager later on.<br> <br> RODGERS: In this day and age with our service economy, it's teaching you what we call the soft skills. It's teaching you about punctuality, it's teaching you about when you're interacting with someone, you're looking at them with a straight eye, it's teaching you about wearing those pants up around your waist with a belt.<br> <br> Research shows a&nbsp; lack of those soft skills…and other job experience…sets a young person up for a harder time getting into the job market after high school, as well as high teen pregnancy and a greater chance of involvement with the criminal justice system.<br> <br> And it appears that the disadvantages linger. &nbsp;<br> <br> A 1994&nbsp; labor journal study showed that high school seniors who worked 20 hours a week were earning 22 percent more than their peers six to nine years later.<br> <br> ambi: Those are olives<br> <br> It's a Friday afternoon and about 20 black male teens file into a room, stacking their plates with pizza. They are part of a mentoring program sponsored by the Chicago Urban League. They're also taught job readiness skills.<br> <br> JONES: My name is Romaro Jones. I attend Paul Robeson High School. I play sports: football, baseball, track.<br> <br> He's 18,&nbsp; and has yet to find a summer job.<br> <br> JONES: It seems like every time I go out for a job, it seems like I don't meet the criteria that they want That's what it seems like to me - I don't know why.<br> <br> He predicts what happens if his peers don't work.<br> <br> JONES:&nbsp; Everybody gonna be outside on the block doing illegal stuff cause they ain't got nothing else to do.<br> <br> Some of the guys are applying for a job through the City of Chicago, which expects to hire about 14,000 youth this summer. That's down from 18,000 jobs last year. &nbsp;<br> <br> Mike Moss sees the benefits to individuals and neighborhoods when kids work.<br> <br> He owns property in Englewood. When he started rehabbing, he began to worry about the all the young people around.<br> <br> MOSS: It was late in the evening and then I started hearing gunshots and I was like, 'Are you serious?' And so I told my wife, once we get through with the building and get the apartments ready, we're going to carve out these basements.<br> <br> In that basement, he's planning to start a job training program for about 50 youth.<br> <br> MOSS: I've been doing a survey with the parents, a lot of the parents don't have plans for their children this summer.<br> <br> The teens will punch in for six hours a day and learn some skills, like how to manage money and how to go out on painting jobs.<br> <br> He says he'll pay them out of his own pocket. Moss knows it's small, but he hopes it's an effective bridge in a larger economic divide.<br> <br> I'm Natalie Moore.<br> <br> And I'm Cate Cahan.</p><p><br> <br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/venture-no-jobs-no-job-skills-lots-black-teens Emanuel confident police will keep city safe http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-confident-police-will-keep-city-safe-87716 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/amp_091007_CAF-Maxson image_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>This weekend concern is up about the violent attacks in downtown Chicago.&nbsp; In the last week alone, dozens of arrests have been made but the attacks continue to happen. They often involve large groups of youngsters.</p><p>In a press conference on Friday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that police can keep the whole city safe.&nbsp; He said, "I'm confident as it relates to not just this weekend, but during the week and every weekend in every neighborhood. And that we have a strategy of putting police on the street which is where we need to put those resources."</p><p>Emanuel says additional police and undercover officers are being deployed downtown. Many of the assaults and robberies happened near the Michigan Avenue shops and in broad daylight.</p></p> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-confident-police-will-keep-city-safe-87716 Life in rural communities for gay youth http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/life-rural-communities-gay-youth <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/rainbow flag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A neighborhood like Chicago&rsquo;s Boystown is a fairly safe--even welcoming--urban space for gay youth. But, not all gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning teens are eager to flee the farm for life in the big city.</p><p>Mary Gray is a sociologist and associate professor <a href="http://www.indiana.edu/~cmcl/faculty/gray.shtml">Indiana University in Bloomington</a>. She spent time with rural gay youth for her She documents their experiences in her book <em><a href="http://www.queercountry.fromthesquare.org/">Out in the Country: Youth, Media and Queer Visibility in Rural America</a>.</em> Gray learned that city life doesn&rsquo;t always equal easy life for gay teens. We spoke with her about her findings.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/life-rural-communities-gay-youth