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Jake Thornburgh

School: Park Tudor School
Grade: 11
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Book(s): The Forever War
Favorite Food: Pizza

Stories by Jake

Teen sex is rampant, and so are diseases
By Jake Thornburgh, 18, Sigal Tavel, 15
"I felt like I was invincible because I didn’t sleep around. I had never done a drug in my entire life," says Lee, a 24-year-old Indianapolis man recently diagnosed with HIV
It's a community thing
By Jake Thornburgh, 17, Pete Shirley, 16
It’s not unusual for teens to spend their summers at camp. But Jacob Baldwin and Carah Austin have done something different — they’ve been running their own camps to address very different needs in their communities.
So Others Might Eat
By Jake Thornburgh, 16
Jabari Sanders is a 17-year-old volunteer at SOME (So Others Might Eat), an interfaith nonprofit whose mission is to “help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital.”
Activism: poverty
By Joi Officer, 16, Jake Thornburgh, 16
In the past 10 years, youth activism on behalf of the poor and unfortunate has increased exponentially, “which is a very important thing because back in 2001, a lot of youth were attacking [homeless] people on the streets,” said Michael O’Neill, director of Faces of Homelessness for the National Coalition for the Homeless.
North American Federation of Temple Youth
By Jake Thornburgh, 16
In ninth grade, Sophie chose to attend a performing arts high school in San Diego. She was amazed by the diversity of the student population and the stories and trials of her fellow classmates. “Being involved in such of an artistic community, I’ve learned a lot of important lessons that have applied to social justice,” she said.
Philadelphia Student Union
By Jake Thornburgh, 16
The Philadelphia Student Union was founded in 1995 by a group of students concerned about the quality of their educations. Soon, other neighborhood students joined in search of better supplies, teachers and environments at their schools.
Activism: education
By Julie Kippenbrock, 16, Jake Thornburgh, 16
Ever since school was made compulsory for American children in the early 20th century, efforts at reform rarely included input from youth. But that is changing, as U.S. institutions are beginning to value the opinions of youth, and as youth themselves have realized their collective power through new networking media.
Finding a political identity
By Jake Thornburgh, 15
With a brother who works for the Obama campaign as well as a family that tends to lean Democratic, I have grown up favoring Democrats. Early on in the Indiana primary, I strongly supported Barack Obama for president. I believed that he was the best and only candidate for the job. I agreed with Obama on immigration, global warming and education, and I strongly defended my beliefs up until I arrived at the Republican National Convention in September.
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Republican 2008 Convention
By Ariana Gainer, 13, Tommaso Verderame, 15, Jordan Gaither, 17, Justin Byers, 15, Pratik Cherian, 17, Tommy Mangan, 12, Jake Thornburgh, 15, Paul Winston, 16, Becky Mangan, 13
While seasoned politicians resort to kissing babies or begging for corporate contributions to gain a national audience, a 15-year-old simply wrote 434 powerful words. Those words propelled her to a coveted speaking spot during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul at 6:30 p.m. today.
Young political activist: New York City, NY
By Jake Thornburgh, 14
At age 15, Raven Robinson decided that she wanted to pursue a career in public service, and she's been busy ever since. Not only has she held a series of leadership roles in her school's student government, she's been involved in several political activities as well.
Prepare for record turnouts
By Jordan Denari, 17, Quinn Andrews, 14, Jake Thornburgh, 14, David Glass, 17
According to CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at the University of Maryland, more than 32 million youth ages 18 to 25 will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. If 55 percent of these young people vote – a record turnout, attained only once, in the 1972 election – more than 17.6 million ballots will be cast.
But will they vote?
By Jordan Denari, 17, Quinn Andrews, 14, Jake Thornburgh, 14, David Glass, 17
Much has been written and reported on the throngs of youth involved in the presidential primaries and caucuses. But will youth actually have an impact on the general election? Will activism translate into votes?
Young political activist: Charlottesville, VA
By Jake Thornburgh, 14
As a teenager, Beth Foster has had an ongoing interest in politics. In 2005, she worked on the governor’s campaign in Virginia, and then in 2006, she helped out in a congressional campaign.
Misconceptions and truths about Islam
By Rachel Gardner, 12, Jake Thornburgh, 14
After researching and interviewing, Y-Press listed some misconceptions and truths about Islam.