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De-Bug High

De-Bug High offers youth perspectives on the issue of the day.

A B-Boy, A Marine, and A Probation Officer: Dreams of Some Young Men

At our last visit to the boy's probation home, we encountered three new young men. We engaged in conversation around what they want to do when they get older. They reflected on their eperiences with an eye towrads the future. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

San Jose Youth Respond to Use of Pepper Spray in Juvenile Hall

Starting this month, Santa Clara Juvenile Hall staff will be allowed to use pepper spray on youth. The policy was not vetted through public discussion, but rather was negotiated in by the Probation Peace Officers Union. The Mercury News reports concerns from advocates, experts, and judges. De-Bug asked San Jose teenagers their thoughts. Below are a sampling of responses we recieved from youth from San Jose high schools and probation programs through our running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. (Graphic by AD Avila)

The Beautiful People: A Probation Youth Writes

Briana, a young woman from one of the probation youth homes, writes a beautiful piece about beautiful people. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

"No More Fences, Build Homes" -- High School Students Send Message to San Jose Officials

After drawing both local and national media attention, the City of San Jose recently started building fences around one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation known as "The Jungle" . A group of high school students, R.A.D(Regeneration Against Destruction), who volunteer to assist the homeless, decided to send a message opposing the City's fencing by making a sign posted around the encampment that reads, "No More Fences, Build Homes."

Dear Nancy: Student Writes to Her Friend

Alejandra writes a heartfelt letter to her friend Nancy reflecting on their past together. The letter is filled with emotions, realizations, and pain. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

The American Dream is a Sinister Nightmare

Adriana Nevarez, a high school student from Latino College Prep Acadamy, writes a narative from the perspective of her father who immigrated from Mexico to the United States with Adriana's pregnant mother. Adriana is an aspiring writer who finds inspiration in the stories of her family and community. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

Memoirs of a Young Bus Rider

Our DCP youth write on their experience riding the busy bus all around San Jose. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

Summertime For Us: Probation Youth Reflect

Summertime for most young people in high school is an exciting time to experience life and go do normal teenage things. For our youth at the probation home, summertime is a time of challenging emotions and personal growth. We asked the young ladies at the probation home what they thought about this summer and they responded in poem and writings. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

Street Raps: Probation Youth Release Through Rhyme

Tyrone and Johnathan, two young men living in a probation home, release their inner thoughts, pain, and truth through rhyme. They continue their journey of self-discovery and change through their raw, unfiltered writings. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with the authors.

180 Turn Around: Yerba Buena High School

Silicon Valley De-Bug has had the honor and privilege of working with an extraordinary group of students in Yerba Buena High School's 180 Class. The 180 Class, taught by Charles Fowler, created a transformative experience for a group of YB students who were previously struggling in school and academics; this being the purpose of the class to give the students a 180 turn around. Now, these amazing students are achieving in the classroom and have found new purpose in not only their education but in their greater community as well.
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