What weighs on the minds of high school students? : NPR

Louisville high schoolers Quinn McConnell, JJ Hayden, Bri Woods and Sofia Ritchie speak with Jenn White at Chickasaw Park.

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Louisville high schoolers Quinn McConnell, JJ Hayden, Bri Woods and Sofia Ritchie speak with Jenn White at Chickasaw Park.

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Young people may be the most vulnerable to society’s most pressing problems, such as gun violence, poverty, sexual assault and substance abuse. Gen Z is also more likely to struggle with mental health issues than any other generation. This is according to the American Psychological Association.

Teens under 18 don’t have the right to vote, but they do have a voice. They organize protests and use social media to make their voices heard.

According to PEW research, Gen Z — people born between 1996 and 2012 — is the most racially diverse generation. They are also the first generation of so-called “digital natives” to grow up with smartphones.

As part of our “Remaking America” ​​collaboration with WFPL, 1A visited the West End of Louisville, Kentucky to hear from high schoolers from across the city.

We also discuss the latest news from the recent St. Louis school shooting.

This conversation is part of our Remake America collaboration with six public radio stations across the country. Remaking America is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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