In some states, your 6-year-old child can be arrested. Advocates want that changed

From NPR.org | by Cheryl Corley | Kaia Rolle was 6 years old when police arrested her at a Florida school in 2019. The then-first-grader was accused of kicking and punching staff members while throwing a tantrum. A police officer used zip ties to handcuff her. The video of her crying and pleading with a …

Texas governor calls gender affirming care ‘child abuse.’ This family fights back

From NPR.org | by Wade Goodwyn | Almost from the moment he was born, Grayson Briggle had an identity of his own. By the time he was 3 years old he was consistently referring to himself as a boy, although he was assigned female at birth. He insisted on short haircuts and boys’ clothes. Read …

A third of trans youth are at risk of losing gender-affirming care, study says

From NPR.org | by Vanessa Romo | The recent wave of Republican-led bans attempting to block transgender minors from accessing gender-affirming medical care may be fertile political ground for conservatives in an election year, but a new study shows the bans are putting tens of thousands of vulnerable young people in jeopardy. Read full story …

Friends of the Children expands, offers mentorship to local kids

From The Bend Bulletin | by Joe Siess | The pandemic has pushed a lot of underprivileged youth into difficult territory, as schools shifted to remote learning, leading to gaps in knowledge and literacy that add on to the already arduous circumstances many of these youths experience at home. Flavius “Flay” Tarkwon, a professional mentor …

Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years

From NPR.org | by Nathan Rott | Shrunk reservoirs. Depleted aquifers. Low rivers. Raging wildfires. It’s no secret that the Western U.S. is in a severe drought. New research published Monday shows just how extreme the situation has become. The Western U.S. and northern Mexico are experiencing their driest period in at least 1,200 years, …

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