While Ammons takes us around Richmond High School and introduces his peers' stories, he also shares his story of what it was like growing up with a single mom.
"I think this is new. You get young people on a show that's been around for a long time. Gives it a new spice and people get to get a little exposure to students and their lives, especially in the Bay Area."
High school seniors and cousins, Joe Fifita and Moala Tautuaa, both 18, have been singing and playing music for as long as they can remember. They say it connects them to their Tongan roots, and makes them better students, better athletes, better friends and better people.
"It’s like we define every single note when we’re young, and just build on it as we get older."
Young men growing up in Richmond face pressure to suppress their emotions, be violent and hide who they really are. Richmond High School students Frank Mendieta and Brian Higareda interviewed their friends and mentors to explore this "mask" of manhood.
"We have to put an end to gender norms where the the man is a tough heartless person, and the woman is a sensitive caring person."
When Lucas Tran, 17, first joined the Cub Scouts, he wasn't too excited about the program. But one day a fellow Scout asked him to join in a dodgeball game, and Tran's life would change forever.
"He taught me to enjoy life and to stay positive. But most importantly, Andy taught me to never take things for granted. Enjoy what you have right now because you never truly appreciate it until it's gone."
Daisy Kwok, 18, joined her school’s Hip-Hop Club and discovered a passion for dance. Over the years, her initial shyness transformed into self-assurance. She now leads a hip-hop dance team at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
"If a choreography is a controlled showcase of self, then a freestyle is putting all your emotions and anxieties on the line, on the spot. Dance makes me feel like I can fly, but it also translates into my biggest fear: vulnerability."