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This young dancer's journey to the stage was a 'good mistake'

Jordi Navarrete/ Courtesy of Joshua Castro
| Joshua Castro started dancing when his mom accidentally signed him up for a hip-hop class. He got hooked. In high school, he says dance saved his life.

How 2 teens started taking digital art seriously

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Growing up, these students got the idea that a career in art was a waste of time. Going to a high school with a digital arts focus got them hooked.

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Sneaking teen life lessons into song and dance

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Twenty-five years ago, a two-week musical theater program was launched to help at-risk youth. It changed this man's life.

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An unlikely rapper finds his true voice

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Tobias Hess, 16, knows he's not what you might expect for a rapper. That used to keep him from sharing his music, but not anymore.

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From 'invisible' to 'important': Teen poetry in motion

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Vanessa Tahay, 17, found the words to share the story of her journey to the U.S. through spoken word poetry. "It made me into a stronger person," she said.

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How young adults with autism are making movie magic

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The Exceptional Minds vocational school trains young adults on the autism spectrum in visual effects and animation. In this detailed work, they have an edge.

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With increased state funds, the California Arts Council expands its reach

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The state agency issued a historic number of grants this year. The increased funding comes as the state continues to invest more in the arts.

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This graduate balanced parenting, schoolwork

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Teen pregnancy has declined, but 25 of every 1,000 teens in LA County still become mothers. Only half of those moms will finish school by age 22. Here's the story of one who did.

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