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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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How a counselor shortage is hurting students struggling with anxiety, depression

School counselor retention was already a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to mental health experts. They said it's only gotten worse in recent years. By Nicole Cortes, Zioni Moore and Whitney Souffrant This story was published to USA TODAY on April 21, 2022. It's a typical school day at Miami Lakes Educational Center located in this northwestern...

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Together, Philly mom and son cope with mental health issues

By Aileen Delgado and Julianne Hill This article was published in the Philadelphia Tribune on March 29, 2022. At two-and-a-half years old, Elijah Tillman was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder after getting expelled from day care. At 5, he experienced a traumatic episode, causing post-traumatic stress disorder. At 12, major depressive disorder was added to...

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After 5 years, 170 students and scores of published stories, we’re just getting started

By Jayne O'Donnell Thursday night, March 9, 2017, two groups of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore teenagers gathered at Howard University to celebrate the launch of the Urban Health Media Project, now Youthcast Media Group (YMG), a new community-focused journalism program targeting high school students of color from under-resourced parts of the cities. The youngest were...