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Youth Takeover 2020: Bishop O'Dowd High School

Youth Takeover 2020: Bishop O'Dowd High School

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This year’s Youth Takeover looks a little different from previous editions. While school closures and coverage of the pandemic altered our plans to share student work on our airwaves, here we are showcasing stories produced by students in our participating classes, all offering a snapshot of teen life in today’s Bay Area. 

Sophomore Julia Little has moved several times while growing up in a military household. In this Perspective she shares the difference between what she considers a house and a home.

A house is just an object, a thing that provides shelter and necessities. However, a home is where love and family is found, where great memories are made and traditions are kept. My home is scattered across the entire country.


Cameron Hawkins shared the difficulties of navigating her social circles as someone who’s black, but often has to endure criticism that she “acts white”.

“You listen to rock music, you live in the nicest part of Oakland, your parents are lawyers, you hang out with majority white people and you enunciate your words.”   

I knew that his statement came from stereotypical undertones based on racist ideologies from history. Though he probably didn’t mean to be insensitive, he was and it really hurt.

Hear more stories from Molleen Dominguez’s class from Bishop O’Dowd


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