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Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms

Days after his 21st birthday, Noel Anaya had one final hearing before aging out of California’s foster care system, and he didn’t want to go through it alone. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2017 Radio Impact Award.

2017 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2017 / Youth Radio / Noel Anaya / Brett Myers / Youth Radio, USA

Days after his 21st birthday, Noel Anaya had one final hearing before aging out of California’s foster care system, and he didn’t want to go through it alone. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2017 Radio Impact Award.

Anaya wanted to bring millions into that courtroom with him, where he’d suffered time and time again since he was removed from his family at the age of one and placed into foster care.

Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms was produced by Noel Anaya with Brett Myers and edited by Youth Radio’s Editorial Team and Greg Dixon for NPR’s All Things Considered .


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Youth Radio

Youth Radio’s mission (@youthradio) is to revolutionize how youth tell stories and the ways people connect with next-generation journalists and artists.

Noel Anaya

Noel Anaya is writer and producer with Youth Radio and student at Laney College.

Brett Myers

Brett Myers (@BrettMyers) is a Senior Radio Editor for Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting. As a Story Doctor at the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Brett will meet one-on-one with producers to treat their story ailments.


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