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By Editors,
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This year, L.A. Youth has had a special focus on health, thanks to funding from The California Endowment.

This focus has brought some wonderful articles to our pages. Our reporters have written about asthma, relationships with doctors, how to deal with stress, what it’s like to run a marathon, sexuality, and teen homicide. In this issue, we address images of teens in the media and alcoholism.

In these pages you’ll also find some articles about some of the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes. Marketa Behn, who writes on this page about her research into youth services, was one of six teens who completed extensive Neighborhood Research Reports. Marketa and Nicole Behn, Nadine Dabby, Ambar Martinez, Oscar Michel, and Lindsay Spann found many organizations are available for teens, and reported their findings to the L.A. Youth Teen Wellness Task Force.

Helping teens find the resources they need seemed so important, L.A. Youth decided to do something about it. That’s why seven teens and two adult editors spent all summer putting together the first ever Teen Guide, which should be arriving in schools and libraries in October. Thanks to all who contributed to this massive effort. Please enjoy the results of all our hard work.