Hijab & Fashion Mainstream

It is generally perceived, that a woman’s hair is her beauty, but in many other cultures women have kept their hair covered. In the Islamic faith, females cover their heads with a garment known as the…

City Public Schools Conform to America’s Transgender Restroom Policy

Hillcrest students rush to class before the late bell rings.

The transgender community is advancing in the public sphere, becoming more visible in the fashion industry, on live streaming shows like Orange is the New Black, and even on Facebook with their custom gender option. Unfortunately,…

Students Respond to Budget Cuts with Fully Automated Library Kiosks

Photo credit: aoiths.org

Franklin K. Lane High School, once a big campus, was broken down into four schools after receiving a D-rating due to its low academic performance and graduation rates. After the breakdown the school’s budget was short,…

Community Weighs in on Common Core Standards

Though critics in New York say the new standards cause too much anxiety and stress for students, some teachers say they do a better job of equipping them for college than traditional teaching methods. Despite disagreement…

As awareness of high school football concussion risk increases, athletes’ safety is lagging behind

Experts say adoption of proper tackle techniques has not been widespread

Sound the Alarm: Schools Install Alarms to Prevent Students Leaving School

An example of the new alarms placed on the doors at Curtis High School in Staten Island, New York

This year, besides the bustling noise of students, there has been another sound at Curtis High School in Staten Island _ new alarms. While students are used to bells ringing to alert them to the start…

A Cracked Vase: Dealing with Depression Among Teenagers

  Pinned on the bulletin board in Tracey Leibowitz’s office, in a cardstock material, is a picture of a broken vase whose pieces have been put together again. She’s a Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School guidance…

Brooklyn BP proposes ferry plan to serve residents in transit deserts

In October, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams proposed changes to the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s 2012 Citywide Ferry Plan. Adams’ changes could result in faster transportation for commuters in Southern Brooklyn. The current plan,…

New York City Limits Street Vending Permits

Street vendors want the cap on licenses and permits lifted.

Career choices and expectation leave many first generation high school students torn

For many students, the pressure from parents — and increasing pressure from education policy — to pick a career related to science, technology, engineering or math, poses a challenge if they want to pursue a profession…

Teachers engage students to do their part in fighting Climate Change

Two students sit in front of the learning target wall and listen to Beth Mowry in her climate change class at Brooklyn School for the Collaborative Studies, November 19, 2015.

Amy White Graves’ Brooklyn children’s theater group usually stages plays about folktales and lessons on morality. But after Superstorm Sandy, the troupe felt the need to also educate children about the environment. Since 2012, Graves and…

Islanders make the move to Brooklyn — will the fans follow?

The relocation of the New York Islanders may have cost them some fans, but the team is hoping to gain several new ones.

As Natural Hair Grows, the Beauty Industry Adjusts Accordingly

The natural hair movement has become increasingly popular among women in the black community. It’s more common to see women of African descent rocking their natural curls, whether they be tight or loose, or wearing protective…

High school Students Consider HBCU vs. PWI

High school students are considering their college choices closely following the University of Missouri racial incidents. The question of whether to attend a Historically Black College (HBCU) or Predominantly White College (PWI) as it relates to…

Girls Can STEM! Programs Encourage Girls To Explore Science and Computer Careers

  Young girls across the world who lack support in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can turn to organizations to lessen the stigma with the lack of gender diversity. There are minimal women in…

Short Hair Don’t Care: Women Do the ‘Big Chop’ Going Natural

Syann Cox,17, nervously awaits her "big chop," the moment when she cut off all of her chemically straightened hair. Photo by: Zenobia Bholai for FirstTake News.

Hair and beauty have always gone hand in hand. Black women have embraced many ways of styling their hair. And with today’s natural hair movement, women are cutting their hair as a form of uplifting themselves.  Cassandra…

High Schools in same building dispute access to pool

The John Jay Educational Campus in Park Slope has something that few New York City high schools have — a fully operational swimming pool. However, despite housing four independent high schools in the building, administrations only…

Teens Find Restrictions Trying to Hang At the Atlantic Mall

The Atlantic Terminal Mall has become a hotspot for teens to hang out after school, but some shop owners and security see the teens as a nuisance so they instituted rules to keep teens out of…

Mentoring Program Boosts Young Men of Color

The mentoring organization Alpha GENTS was created to help young men develop skills that will aid them in becoming productive, responsible and successful men in society. Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity founded the group to…

Messages of Hope on T-Shirts: The Clothesline Project Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

On the second floor of Edward R. Murrow High School, students gathered in a room adorned with T-shirts hanging by a clothesline. But these weren’t typical T-shirts with advertisements or catchy slogans _ this collection of…

Metal Detectors in Schools Are In Place for Safety, but Make Some Students Uneasy

It’s 8 a.m., in a New York City high school, students are walking in a building making their way to the metal detectors to start their day with getting checked with security guards making sure that…

High School gives Chromebooks to some students – but not all

This year, Staten Island’s Curtis High School decided to give out Google Chromebooks – small, inexpensive laptop computers _ to its students for the first time. By using the light laptops in the classroom, school officials…

Separate and Unequal? The Debate on Charter School Co-Location

Keara Story, 14, is a freshman at Brooklyn Collegiate High School in New York. Her school is one of the many traditional public schools co-located with a charter school—a free, independently run public school that is…

Some teens fall out of practice with religion

Throughout elementary school, Sharifa Esha consistently attended services at her local mosque in Brooklyn. Despite her devotion, in seventh grade she began questioning her religion after another classmate criticized it. Today, she doesn’t pray daily, say…

Some students say they suffer harassment after school – by police

Complaints about police harassment at John Jay Educational Campus have caused an outcry throughout the school and the Park Slope community where it is based. Black and Latino students at the building that houses four high…

Making a Difference: How Teens are Changing the World

When 16-year-old Juliana Durrant found out that developers wanted to build a hotel in her quiet Cambria Heights neighborhood in Queens, NY, she put her foot down. “Putting a hotel there would get very hectic,” says…

A Halt In Career Days: George Washington Carver High School

A career day is usually referred to as a day where professionals come in to speak to students about their professions and vocations. A career day can have valuable benefits such as giving students a glimpse…

Mayor Lifts Cell Phone Ban in Schools, but Some don’t Follow Suit

When Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for office he promised to lift the school cell phone ban that was imposed under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, and once he came into office, he made good on his…

Snapchat: A Teen’s Perspective

Sydney Forbes opened her phone to a picture of donuts with the caption “You wish you were here!” She looked at it for six seconds, and then it disappeared. As communication evolves, the power of having…

Students risk it all to be top athletes, with no guarantees

Missouri Abduhamed breaks a tackle during a Wagner High School home game against Grand Street High School on October 20, 2013. Photo by Tabatha Castillo.

Dedication to sports can pave a way to college athletics, yet for some teens, academics and family life suffers