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Football practice at Castro Valley High School in California. Proper hitting technique requires players to keep their heads up to prevent neck injuries and concussions. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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A growing number of children are entering puberty at younger ages — sometimes as young as 6 or 7. But in many schools, sex education classes don't begin before the fifth grade. Cuneyt Hizal/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Zach Brown's preferred mode of transportation is his skateboard. Brown, 27, is an artist and actor who doesn't own a car. Courtesy of Zach Brown hide caption

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Teenagers turn to their phones and social media to find rides. Tanggineka Hall/Youth Radio hide caption

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Donta Jackson's snack of choice is a bag of Skittles. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Young debaters at the Bay Area Urban Debate League in Oakland, Calif., say that there are a lot of differences between the way that they debate the issues and what they see the presidential candidates doing on debate nights. Jenny Bolario/YouthRadio for NPR hide caption

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Alejandra Salinas, president of the College Democrats of America, says the group's numbers have been growing in key states like Florida and Ohio. Brett Myers/Youth Radio for NPR hide caption

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