Christopher Connelly / KERA


A Safe Place for Homeless Teens

Homelessness is increasing in the U.S., and those impacted include children, teens, and young adults. A steering committee of high school students in Dallas, many of whom have experienced homelessness themselves, helped design the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center, a shelter for kids who are experiencing homelessness on their own. There are many reasons why young people may leave their families, and this center is equipped to meet their unique needs against the backdrop of inspiring decor and thoughtfully designed programming. Listen to hear more about the center and how it is addressing the needs of students who are experiencing homelessness.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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