Young New Yorkers Balance Jobs and High School!

Felicia Pravata, 18, a senior at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens, lives with her aunt and helps pay for their bills and food, as well as for her own expenses and activities like prom.

Credit: Emily Berl for The New York Times


Dear Commons Community,

For those of us fortunate  to teach at CUNY, we have come to respect the way most of our students  have to balance their studies with jobs and family responsibilities.  What some of us do not know is that their work/study habits began in high school.

The New York Times has a sample of the work of  Emily Berl, a photographer based in Brooklyn, who focused her lens on several teenagers leading such multiple lives. Ms. Berl met teenagers with parents who do not have jobs, and others who support families back in their native countries.

Worth a look!


Comments are closed.