Mixtape #18 Next-Gen

In this mixtape, we remember the importance of investing in our youth. When we allow young people to fall through the cracks without providing them the resources tangible and intangible they need to graduate from high school or develop marketable skills, they begin their adulthood behind and very few can catch up.

A high school dropout costs our country between $243,000 and $388,000. The lifetime economic costs of young people who drop out of high school and are unemployed are $1.6 trillion to the taxpayer and $4.7 trillion to society.

The question is not, “Should we invest in youth?” It is, “Can we afford not to?” —Susan Marchand Higgins

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens

The teen years are a time of rapid growth, exploration, and onset of risk-taking. Taking risks with new behaviors provides kids and teens the opportunity to test their skills and abilities and discover who they are. But, some risk behaviors—such as using marijuana—can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen’s health and well-being.

Segregation Is Still Here

On the inaugural episode of The Next Question, New York Times journalist and MacArthur Genius, Nikole Hannah-Jones, joins the hosts in an eye-opening conversation about the state of education in America and the threads of segregation that still plague this public good.

How Do We Teach Young Girls of Color Self-Esteem?

Unless you have uncanny confidence that isn’t directly proportional to how closely your aesthetic matches a European standard of beauty (in which case, congratulations and please don’t hoard the secret), you are, instead, probably in possession of the same self-loathing that haunts all of us to some degree.

You are not good enough. Thin enough. White enough. Your eyelashes are too short, your ankles too fat, your smile too dingy,

your hair too curly, your body is just, too much.




An essential read covering everything from the history of racism in our country, how that history has evolved into the systemic racism we know today, and what we can do in our daily lives to become actively anti-racist. Reynolds’ writing is compelling, conversational, and extremely engaging, making Stamped an accessible read for all ages. In short, this is a book every American should read (and re-read and re-read again.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

When the Watson family—ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron—set out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fightings of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years.

But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.


Fudgy Brownies

This Fudgy Brownies Recipe is a small batch of brownies for those times when you are in the need of something sweet. Rich, chewy, and delicious.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: fudgy brownies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 211kcal

Author: LaKita Anderson


  • loaf pan


  • 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar

  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


1. Adjust your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line an 8.5 by 4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If using foil be sure to spray with non-stick cooking spray as well to ensure the release of your brownies.

3. In a small bowl combine the 3 1/2 ounces chocolate chips, 4 tablespoons butter, and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and place in the microwave and by setting on 30-second intervals at a time until the chocolate chips begin to melt, then remove and stir until the mixture is smooth. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon salt until combined.

5. Then whisk in the chocolate mixture until combined. Stir the 1/2 cup all-purpose flour in with a rubber spatula until just combined. Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until a cake tester, comes out clean and you may need to rotate the pan halfway through baking.

6. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before removing them. Then lifting the brownies out using the paper or foil, cut the brownies into 2-inch squares.

7. The brownies can be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  • For Vegan Brownies– Use vegan semisweet chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life), substitute the butter for Earth Balance (vegan butter), and use 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce for the egg and egg yolk replacement.

  • Recipe adapted from America’s Test kitchen.