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

Opportunity Court: A New Take on Juvenile Justice Reform

As mass incarceration continues to be at the forefront of discussion in this country, leading advocates are looking for new ways to go about juvenile justice. Santa Clara County, through Judge Lucero, has been seeking alternative ways to approach the process of juvenile court as well through an innovative program called Opportunity Court. Follow youth journalist Kymeira Stewart as she went to the one year anniversary of Opportunity Court.

Parents, Students, and Teachers pack SJUSD Board Meeting Urging them to Vote No on Proposed Move of Charter Schools

Students, parents, teachers, and supporters packed the San José Unified School District’s Board Meeting last night where they were to vote on whether to keep DCP at its current campus location for another year, along with proposed moves for two other charter schools. The Board did vote to hold back on the move for one year and work together with the schools on the future plans.

Infographic: Downtown College Prep Students Oppose Moving of Campus, And Say It Will Harm Their Education

The San Jose Unified School District has proposed moving the campus of Downtown College Prep -- a charter school located in West San Jose aimed at increasing college enrollment for youth of color. While administrators have debated the issue, DCP students have decided to make sure their voice was heard on the issue. Kymeira Stewart, a junior at DCP, created a student survey and conducted it with 200 students. Students also wrote commentary responses to each question. See the infographic for the results. 

San Jose Youth Reflect on "Selma" and Martin Luther King's Message to Their Generation

De-Bug asked San Jose high school youth to watch "Selma" and tell us how the messages of the film relates to their generation. On this MLK Day, read their thoughts and perspectives on what the "dream" means to them in today's America. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors.

Silicon Valley: The Image vs Reality

Down the street from what was formerly known as The Jungle - one of the largest homeless encampments in the country - is Yerba Buena High School. Inside an Advanced Placement History class, young people were learning of the Guilded Age in the U.S., a time often acknowledged as having an abundance of wealth, yet often overlooked for its extreme poverty. These students were asked to compare Silicon Valley to the Guilded Age and its image vs. its reality as young people living here. This is what they came up with.  These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with authors. 

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.
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