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Reported from the intimate spaces of young people's lives.

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The California Report | Friday, Sep 07, 2012, 4:30 PM

Young Woman Finds a Home Among the Homeless

Not all young people are into politics. But many channel their youthful idealism into helping others in a more direct way. Our "20something" series continues with a profile of a 21-year-old woman who works at a homeless shelter for young people in Oakland. For Venus Morris, the center is much more than a volunteer opportunity, it was once the place she called home.

The California Report | Friday, Aug 24, 2012, 4:30 PM

Iranian-American Struggles With Political Apathy

As tension builds between Iran, Israel and the United States, the Iranian-American community in Los Angeles seems split on whether or not to take action. As part of our "20something" series, Iranian-American Tara Kangarlou explores how some of her peers are struggling to find an effective voice in this conversation.

The California Report | Friday, Jun 15, 2012, 4:30 PM

Dreams of Land Ownership Motivate Young Investor

USC journalism students have been profiling interesting young Californians for our "20Something" series. Visiting Chinese scholar Yasser Zhang met up with a 25-year-old entrepreneur named Tina Xiao, who's part of a new wave of Chinese investors finding gold in Southern California real estate.

The California Report | Friday, Jun 08, 2012, 4:30 PM

L.A. Rapper Finds Therapy in Music

We often hear about the casualties of gang violence, but what happens to those who survive? Studies have shown that violence in urban communities can take a toll on young people's health. In today's installment in our series 20something, Nicole Banner brings us a portrait of Brandon Blackshire, a 23-year-old determined to rise up against adversity.

The California Report | Friday, Jun 01, 2012, 4:30 PM

A Student's Life in Immigration Limbo

As part of our 20something series, we meet a 23-year-old UCLA student from Central America. Aidan Caballero left behind a traumatic childhood 12 years ago -- and he's part of some 2,000 refugees who seek political asylum in the U.S. every year because of their sexual orientation.

The California Report | Friday, May 25, 2012, 4:30 PM

Nigerian Student Finds Her Faith in Dialogue

California hosts more international students than any other state. Many are among the best and brightest of their home countries, and they come bearing their parents' high expectations. We profile Ajarat Bada, a Nigerian student who was going to be a doctor -- until she caught the bug for a different kind of leadership role.

The California Report | Friday, May 18, 2012, 4:30 PM

Documenting Young Lives Helps Filmmaker Resolve Her Violent Past

South Los Angeles has a long history of feeding California's overflowing prisons. And for a school that accepts previously incarcerated youth, the goal is to prevent young people from flowing back in. This is the story of a young woman who wants to make change through intimate conversations widely broadcast.


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Live Chat

Learn more from the some of the 20something reporters and those featured in the series in an archive of a live chat from June 29.

About This Series

Budding reporters from USC Annenberg's School of Communication and Journalism were given an assignment: take us into the intimate spaces of a young person's life. Profile someone who's doing something innovative, surprising, or unusual ... someone who may have overcome a hardship and is working toward positive change.

The result is a series that cuts across a wide swath of religion, class, geography, working life, legal status and education level, seeking to reveal young Californians, and their dreams, in their own words.


20something was reported by the students in Sandy Tolan's advanced radio documentary class at USC, and produced and edited for The California Report by Associate Senior Producer, Victoria Mauleón. Web content was developed in collaboration with Neon Tommy, Annenberg's Los Angeles-based digital news source, and edited by Neon Tommy founder Marc Cooper. Special thanks goes out to USC's Annenberg Radio News and its executive producer, Emily Frost.

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