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Joi Officer

Current Age: 21

Stories by Joi

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.
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Parisian immigrants face hard lives
By Joi Officer, 15, Yunseo Moh, 17
African and Asian immigrants first came to France by invitation of the government. But as their numbers grew, so did the polarization between them and the native Parisians, not only socioeconomically and ethnically, but geographically, too.
Paris immigrants
By Joi Officer, 15, Beverly Jenkins, 18, Julie Kippenbrock, 17, Warren Stokes, 19, Sarah Zabel, 17, Nick Greven, 18, Yunseo Moh, 17
Outrun the Sun
By Joi Officer, 15, Victoria Kreyden, 14, Laura Cockman, 17
Almost every hour of the day, people can be seen in tanning salons. And every hour of the day, one American dies from melanoma.
Y-Press Paris blog
By Joi Officer, 15, Beverly Jenkins, 18, Julie Kippenbrock, 16, Warren Stokes, 18, Sarah Zabel, 16, Nick Greven, 18, Yunseo Moh, 16
Check out the Y-Press blog
Urban Roots
By Joi Officer, 15
At Urban Roots in East Austin, working on an organic farm helps youth sustain a healthy environment and of their neighbors. In the process, they learn leadership and other life skills and get the satisfaction of benefiting their community.
Activism: environment
By Joi Officer, 15, Rebekah Taft, 18, Laura Cockman, 17
Young people have a unique relationship with the environment: They are often the first affected when something goes wrong, yet the least represented when decisions are made.
What a Texas sociologist found
By Joi Officer, 14, Olivia Haynes, 17, Warren Stokes, 17
George Yancey, an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, studies interracial dating and marriage. He shared some of his findings with Y-Press.
Many date outside their race
By Joi Officer, 14, Olivia Haynes, 17, Warren Stokes, 17
Several Indianapolis teens – be they Indian, black, Latino or white – said they would consider marrying outside of their race, now that they have been part of the interracial dating scene. Raymond Jami, who is black, and Rocio Mendez, who is Latina, have been dating for more than three years.
Web site gives girls taste of success
By Joi Officer, 13, Danielle Wolowec, 17, , 37
Sisters Isabella and Olivia don't let their parents do all the cooking. They have their own Web site full of cool recipe ideas for kids and adults.
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A different perspective
By Joi Officer, 12, Rebecca Salois, 17
When he was a kid, Brad Williams got fed up with people who gawked at him because he was a dwarf. But his dad made sure he didn't gripe about it. "He told me, 'Listen: You have this condition,' " Williams recalled. " 'People are going to stare at you your whole life. You have two choices: A: You can cry about it, get sad about it and feel sorry for yourself; or B: You can use it to educate others
Key Club spreads cheer to children
By Joi Officer, 12, Izaak Hayes, 16
W hen a Wal-Mart cashier was little and facing a bleak Christmas, she was thrilled to receive presents from a "secret" Santa, and the memory still makes her happy. She told Ben Davis High School students that story as they purchased presents for low-income children in their community, helping them see firsthand how their generosity and goodwill lives on, even after the holidays. For the past nine
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Who We Are
By Joi Officer, 12
Before signing a record deal with Virgin Records, Hope Partlow was an typical farm girl growing up north of Memphis, Tenn. Partlow went to a public school, and did chores around her 100-acre farm. She started singing gospel and country songs with her father at the age of 5. And she received her first record deal when she was 14 years old. Now at 18, she has traveled the country performing music from “Who We Are,” her finely-written pop album.
Young scientists tell what drives them
By , 36, Joi Officer, 12, Laura Mangan, 12
There were hundreds of gawkers and exhibits from all over the world. But nothing made the Intel Science and Engineering Fair last month feel more like a zoo than the signs: "Please do not poke, tease, or feed the science nerds."
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