Many Eligible Youth Not Applying for DACA - Almost a year and a half after Deferred Action was announced, allowing undocumented youth to apply to temporarily avoid deportation, half a million young people have received the benefit. However, it is estimated that at least one million “dreamers” have not applied. Why are so many young “dreamers” avoiding the opportunity to protect themselves from deportation? Marco Vinicio González reports from San Diego.
Youth Orchestra Seeks to Stave off Violence – In Salinas, in an agricultural valley of California, innovative teachers have managed to convert more than 200 children from poor, largely farmworking families into classical musicians. This method of teaching, known as El Sistema, uses orchestral music to keep youth and children occupied, learning to play violas and trombones, and keeping them away from a life of poverty and gang violence that is prevalent among local youth. El Sistema began in Venezuela, and it has been replicated in several other countries, such as Colombia, with promising results. Our reporter Farida Jhabvala Romero was at one of the Youth Orchestra’s concerts in the nearby city of Monterey and has this story. This feature story is part of the series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.