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Tulsa teenagers discuss how to be allies to their friends during uncertain times

Hayden and Sophie at the offices of Amplify Youth Health Collective in Tulsa, Okla.
Kateleigh Mills / KOSU
Hayden and Sophie at the offices of Amplify Youth Health Collective in Tulsa, Okla.

StateImpact continues its listening tour with Oklahoma's youth. This time, we talked to a couple of Tulsa teenagers about being allies for their friends, following the news and about their own roles as Oklahomans.

Sophie and Hayden say it’s hard to keep track of the news.

They find themselves tuning out because of negativity. But one place they can have a positive influence is among their friends in Tulsa – where they live.

It’s all about being present, Sophie said in a conversation with StateImpact and KOSU earlier this year.

“We do pronouns checks every month just to make sure we’re all still on the same page,” Sophie said. “And it’s something we’re very open and honest about.”

This story is part of the America Amplified initiative using community engagement to inform and strengthen local, regional and national journalism. America Amplified is a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This conversation was produced with support from the Education Writers Association. The mission of the Education Writers Association is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.

Special thanks to Amplify Youth Health Collective in Tulsa. The organization introduced StateImpact to Sophie and Hayden and we interviewed them at their Tulsa office.

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Kateleigh Mills was the Special Projects reporter for KOSU from 2019 to 2024.
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