Illustration by Sarah Police, 17, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

My fight for respect
In middle school, Carlos, 14, was surrounded by bullies and jerks.
Hey L.A.!
L.A. Youth art contest winners show their takes on life in Los Angeles.
What I wish I could have said to my teachers
After Nogie, 17, got rejected from college, he listed everything he wishes his teachers had done to help him learn more.
Are school searches OK?
L.A. Youth staff members express their opinions about school searches, and many are in favor because they think searches will mean a safer school.
I learned how to deal with death
The death of 15-year-old Amiee's grandfather was a huge shock and ongoing loss.
New court program helps teen offenders with mental health problems
This innovative court recommends therapy and medication instead of incarceration for some teens.
Author Ray Bradbury: ‘Do what you love.’
Samia, 18, interviews author and L.A.-resident Ray Bradbury about his work.
High school sucked! I left high school early
A student passed the California Proficiency Exam and is pursuing her dream of becoming an actress.
Living with violence
Other teens spoke out about violence in their neighborhoods. Here's what they said.
He helps teens charged with minor offenses to change
Manny Velasquez' program helps first-time offenders take responsibility for their actions.