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Black teens were the only racial group to show an increase in reported suicide attempts, according to new research from Washington University.
LA Johnson | NPR

Black teenagers in the U.S. are attempting suicide more often — even as suicide attempts have dropped for teens of other racial groups.

Suicide is the second most common cause of death among American teenagers. 

Suicide attempts for black teenage boys have been climbing since the early 1990s,  and research from Washington University suggests a similar trend for black girls.

Kemet Ajanaku, right, spots an egret near the Audubon Center at Riverlands on July 1, 2019. Teens learn the basics of environmental conservation, then lead a series of summer camps for elementary schoolers.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

White, upper-middle-class Americans have held the reins of the mainstream conservation movement for decades — and some say change is long overdue.

A small group of biologists and educators in West Alton are working to jump-start that change through a series of outdoor camps. The Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Flight Crew program aims to help more young people of color connect with nature. 

On the latest news roundup show for the Politically Speaking podcast, the St. Louis Public Radio team discusses vaping, St. Louis' police residency requirement and General Motors state tax incentives.
File | Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

A recent study of American teenagers showed a big jump in nicotine vaping among young people in 2018. Even as many steer clear of other substance-related activities such as binge drinking and drug use, the number of teens who are vaping has more than doubled since 2017.

“The data shows that one in five middle schoolers are using these products and one in three high school [students] are using these products, so those are incredibly concerning numbers,” Dr. Patricia Cavazos-Rehg said during Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

The Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis broke ground on the Teen Center of Excellence on September 13, 2018.
Shahla Farzan | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Sept. 13 at 3:50 p.m., to include information from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Four years after protests rocked Ferguson, a nonprofit is expanding youth services in the area.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis broke ground on a teen center in Ferguson, Thursday morning. The $12.4-million facility will be located on West Florissant Avenue, less than half a mile from the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in August 2014.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2012 - Club CHIPS is known for a stage performance, called “Madame Wright’s Place” in which teens rap, sing and use other musical forms to entertain their peers. But the underlying message is serious: Steer clear of risky behavior that might lead to HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and gang violence.

Wyman Center helps at-risk teens beat the odds

Jul 5, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 5, 2012 - On a bright afternoon in late June hundreds of teenagers filled the dining hall on Wyman Center’s Eureka campus. As the teens finished eating, Austin Francis, 14, helped his friends clean their table and put away benches before heading outside for a free period.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 4, 2012 - A physician at Washington University has come up with an indirect way to have frank conversations with adolescents about the birds, the bees — and sexually transmitted infections or STIs.

Hundreds of thousands of people as young as 15 have STIs and are unaware they have been infected. Computer technology can help doctors and nurses get a handle on the  problem, according to a study by Dr. Fahd A. Ahmad.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 21, 2010 - Contemporary furniture, a rich color scheme, thousands of books and years of planning have resulted in "Teen Alley," the newest addition to the Florissant Valley branch of the St. Louis County Library system.

When Laura Kasak became Florissant Valley branch manager in July 2008, her experience from more than six years with the St. Louis County Library system told her that this library was missing something.

Weight-loss surgery for teens is lauded, debated

Dec 13, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2010 - For most of her life, Brittany Lewis, 18, has ridden a dieting rollercoaster.

Before hitting a high of 289 pounds on her 5-foot-3-inch frame, the Wood River, Ill., resident tried every imaginable weight-loss program.

Decline in national youth volunteer rate

Apr 23, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 23, 2009 - In the same week that President Barack Obama signed into law a substantial increase in national service opportunities, there’s fresh evidence that volunteer rates have decreased nationally among high school-aged students. Just not in Missouri. However, according to the study from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, far fewer of the state's college-aged students are giving their time.