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College Corner: Original YMG student Erin Burnett aims to be major player in broadcast news; ‘It was what I have been put on Earth to do’

By Aileen Delgado Erin Burnett, 20, is a sophomore at the University of Maryland College Park studying Broadcast Journalism, and was among the 20 students who formed the first Youthcast Media Group (then Urban Health Media Project) class in 2017. Erin Burnett, part of Youthcast Media Group’s inaugural class, is now a sophomore in college...

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Correctional facilities: The Band-Aid to mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Shawanna Vaughn had no choice. She was born in a prison hospital to an incarcerated mother.  She endured a tough childhood, only to land back in prison at 17, and continue the harmful cycle. “Nobody got to prison without adverse childhood experiences which turned into adult traumas,” said Vaughn, founder of Silent...

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Social media: A complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...