Conversations with kids

On a warm summer afternoon staffer with the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange took to Atlanta parks in search of a slice of modern day Americana – What is it like to be growing up in this country today? What are the thoughts, views and frustrations faced by the average teen? What emotions lay behind the sometimes callous facade of our youth? JJIE can’t answer these questions, but these kids can.

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Clay Duda is a freelance journalist specializing in investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial photography, and digital media.