Can a suit really make a difference in a young man’s life?  A newly launched organization to mentor young men in Springfield, Massachusetts believes attire and attitude go hand-in-hand.

The small storefront on Worthington Street in Springfield’s bar and restaurant district looks like any men’s clothing store.  There are racks of suit coats and trousers along with tables where starched dress shirts and neatly folded silk ties are displayed.  But there is more here than just style.

  For the current generation of youth- an app at the fingertips is the natural way to address almost any task. Their fluent use of mobile apps from an early age makes them different from all previous generations - even from young adults who grew up with the internet.

There is much speculation about the impact of this constant immersion in new technologies. Do apps open new horizons, or limit creativity? Do today’s youth have a firmer or a more fragmented sense of identity? Are social media enriching young peoples’ lives or impoverishing their relationships?

In the new book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and digital media expert Katie Davis look at original research that illuminates these important questions.

    The Easton Mountain Retreat Center is an LGBTQ retreat center in Greenwich, New York. Part of Easton's mission as a non-profit organization is to work towards peace, nonviolence, and social justice and they are interested in cultivating the future leaders of America's gay rights movement.

Later this month, they will be holding their eighth consecutive summer program for LGBTQ youth, a four-day arts camp and leadership summit called Arts in the Woods. This weekend, they will also be holding a weekend-long LGBTQ music festival called Out in the Woods to fundraise for scholarships for disenfranchised young people to attend the camp.

John Stasio, Founder of Easton Mountain, and Wil Fisher, their Director of Youth Programming, join us to tell us more.

    Falling Back is a new book based based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors” among juvenile drug offenders.

State University at Albany professor Jamie Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles.

She looks to portray the complexities of human decision-making as these men strove to “fall back,” or avoid reoffending, and become productive adults. Jamie Fader is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.

    Lynne Cherry is a children's author and illustrator, and Producer/Director of Young Voices for the Planet - a film series featuring young people who are making a difference by shrinking the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, and communities. She will be speaking at SUNY New Palt's Sustainability Day on April 20th.

3/14/13 - Panel

Mar 14, 2013

  Today's panelists are Dr. Alan Chartock, Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University at Albany, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Morning Edition host, David Guistina.

This morning our discussion topics include:
1. Pope Francis I
2. Shooting in Herkimer
3. NPR for younger listeners
4. H&R Block Filing Error

Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the country providing shelter, food and crisis care to homeless, and runaway youth. The book, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, tells the stories of six kids from Covenant House.

We speak about the book with Tina Kelley.

A select group of Berkshire youths are attending ceremonies at the United Nations today for the fifteenth observance of the International Day of Peace. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

The Schenectady Museum is undergoing a major change. Plans have been announced for the museum to become The Learning Center. Heading the effort is Neil Golub, the executive chairman of the board of Price Chopper supermarkets, who says there will be two main interactive science programs; the Exploratorium and the Challenger Learning Center. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.


Hoping to reverse what has been called a lost decade of employment for
young people, officials in western Massachusetts have launched a youth
summer jobs campaign.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

        Saying that government funded youth summer jobs programs will
not come close to meeting the demand, workforce development specialists,
and the mayors of the region's two largest cities appealed to the
private sector to offer work to teenagers this summer.