At first glance, Michael Turner looks like your typical teenage boy. He plays football and soccer and likes hanging out with his friends. But two things set this 14-year-old Brockton High School freshman apart: a sharp eye for precious stones and the entrepreneurial insight to turn that talent into a profitable business.
As French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled last week to Washington to establish smoother diplomacy with the White House, a group of French high school students came to John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science in Roxbury to make their own contribution to Franco-American relations.
Sugar is one of the most used commodities in the world, but few people think about the story behind the sweetener in their coffee cups. Local filmmaker Bill Haney’s new documentary suggests that if they did, they would realize that sugar is not only a political landmine, but also quite literally a life and death issue.
As the old saying goes, children should be seen, not heard. But today, with quality of life problems growing for many Boston kids, more adults are recognizing that the city’s youth need to be part of the conversation about finding solutions.