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Teen Kids News (Episode 1344)

22 minutes

Welcome to Teen Kids News. I'm Livia. Let's start with our top story for this week.

It's our body's largest organ and the most visible. I'm talking about our skin. If you have a medical condition that affects your skin, it can make you reluctant to be around other kids. Scott reports on a place where these kids can enjoy summer fun and just be themselves. [Elvis Presley singing "Hound Dog"]

♪ Cryin' all the time ♪

(Scott) Welcome to Camp Wonder. The campers here are battling some type of skin disease. Because of pain or embarrassment, most can't go to ordinary camps. For one week over the summer, they can forget about being patients facing serious medical issues. So I started Camp Wonder 15 years ago, and I got the idea through my own experiences. When I was 11, I was diagnosed with a very rare skin disease. One of the most difficult aspects, more than the physical pain, was the emotional.

(Scott) Francesca created much more than just a camp. She created a safe haven where kids talk with each other about the difficulties of their conditions. They can share things few others would be able to understand. When I'm at home, and I'm just going out, I'm self-conscious about my body. But, here, I just don't care. Here, I feel very comfortable in my body.

(Scott) Because many of the campers need medical supervision, the camp is staffed by doctors and nurses who volunteer their time.

[campers cheering]

This year, a special visitor dropped by--

one of the stars of Austin and Ally, Laura Marano. I'm involved today with Camp Wonder to actually surprise the kids. They have a talent show and have no idea I'm coming.

[cheering]

(Scott) Laura gave a mini concert, singing a couple of songs and talking with the audience. Oh! We all signed it for you. Thank you so much! Thank you. You guys are so sweet! Camp Wonder, for those who don't know, is a camp where kids with severe and sometimes, unfortunately, fatal diseases go to kind of have as regular experience as they can. Obviously, it's hard when it's, like, so visual that they have a disease. And this is their place to fit in. I'm very grateful for this camp 'cause it's done so much for me, growing up.

(Scott) There are Camp Wonders in California and North Carolina, and all are free of charge.

(Francesca) Many of these families have huge medical burdens. We did not want sending their child to camp to be another burden these families had to face. Through supporters like Cetaphil, we're able to offer the families the full program. We cover transportation, gas cards-- any way we can get the kids to camp. It wouldn't be possible without donors like Cetaphil. If there's a parent out there who has heard of Camp Wonder and are not sure about bringing their kids here, I think you should, 'cause it'll change their lives. It definitely changed mine in all the best ways. I guess you can say that Camp Wonder is simply wonderful. For Teen Kids News, I'm Scott. American students take their language studies from the classroom to the Great Wall. I'll have the story. You can learn a foreign language in school and also learn about the country's history and culture. But, as Ellie reports, nothing beats the firsthand experience you get from actually visiting the country.

[speaking Mandarin]

[speaking Mandarin]

(Ellie) These students at Mamaroneck High School are learning Mandarin, the official language of China.

[speaking Mandarin]

I've been studying six years. We started studying Mandarin every day, starting in seventh grade.

[speaking Mandarin]

We're proud of our Mandarin program. It started in the late '80s with about 30 kids. At its high point, we had over 300 kids in the program.

(Ellie) Being able to speak a foreign language in class is one thing. The true test is seeing if you can communicate with native speakers in their own country. And that's exactly what some of these students did. As part of their foreign exchange program, they got to try out their language skills in China. You're forced to think in Chinese when you're in China. I can understand most people well. At times, I had to ask people to slow down. Like have shopkeepers understand my Chinese. That was one of the funnest parts. Today was fun, messing with the Chinese people.

[speaking Mandarin]

[laughing]

What do you want students to learn from a trip to China? It's important for them to be immersed in the language. They should have a feel of the culture behind it and, you know, the people. [children singing in Mandarin]

[singing continues]

We're visiting students at Dong Twin Primary School in rural Xi'an. [singing in Mandarin continues]

(Ellie) Students stayed with host families, learning firsthand what their daily routine is like. Were you concerned it would be difficult to communicate? Absolutely. I was terrified. There was a day we had to spend alone with our host family, but it was fine. There were not many problems with communication.

(Ellie) The trip wasn't all work. There was time to take in the sights of modern and ancient China. The Forbidden City, closed to outsiders for centuries. Today, its massive doors are open to visitors. At Xi'an, they visited the dig where life-size sculptures were uncovered. These clay figures were made from terra-cotta. That's actually Italian for "baked earth." When the first emperor of China died 2,000 years ago, a whole army of terra-cotta warriors, along with horses and wagons, were buried with him. They climbed the stairs of the Great Wall. Built to protect China from invaders, it's incredibly long. In fact, it would stretch back and forth across the U.S. more than four times. We are in the Pearl Tea House. Right now we are taking part in a traditional tea ceremony.

(Ellie) They also sampled all kinds of foods, from the famous Peking duck to fried scorpions on a stick. Yum. And they wandered through the marketplaces. I got lost in a Chinese mall.

[laughs] I only knew my hostess's English name.

I kept going around, going, "Chloe zai nar?" Which is, "Where's Chloe?" Everyone was like, "I don't know who you're talking about."

(Ellie) There was a lot that was wonderfully strange and was strangely familiar. When I got to stay with a Chinese family, see what their daily routine is like, going to school, and seeing there's more similarities than I thought between our two cultures. China was more open than I expected. I expected it to be a lot more police and government presence. It seemed more similar to the U.S. than I was expecting.

(Ward) They did beautifully. Whether it was from the schools to the vendors at the market, the kids were really actively using their language and being understood. Exchange programs like these are the goal of the 100,000 Strong Foundation. The foundation encourages American students to learn Mandarin, visit, and even study in China. Teen Kids News will be right back. Finding a job in today's tough economic times is hard enough. It's even harder if you're an adult with special needs. In this week's video from HooplaHa, we meet a Connecticut teen who works at a unique place, a movie theater that offers jobs to those who often are forgotten. My name is Lilia. I'm an usher at the Prospector Theater. I learned about the Prospector from the newspaper and seeing it on Facebook and hearing people talk about it. I learned a lot of different techniques and how to work with people in different situations that I could use after high school also. Giving people the opportunity to have jobs, in the first place, is just great, especially for people with disabilities. Not all places give people with disabilities the same chance that the Prospector does. And the fact that the Prospector is opening up a wide, broad opportunity for people with a disability to work here is phenomenal. I think everyone is absolutely fantastic. All the job coaches, my coworkers, and everything, are extremely nice. Anybody that walks in here just gets a great vibe from coming in here. But I get to see more in that I get to talk to my coworkers not just about work, outside of what we do, like what we do for fun, and what we all think of the Prospector. I get everybody's opinion on the Prospector, and they're all fantastic. I've never heard a negative thing. I get a different perspective of when I'm here working and when I'm here seeing a movie. I saw one of my coworkers doing one of the announcements, who I thought was kind of quiet. But they went out there and did their announcement, and I was so happy to see them do it so well. I was clapping, and a couple of other people were also clapping. As one of their coworkers, I was like, "That's really cool to see." I enjoyed being a part of that. Ways you can help out the Prospector are with memberships, donating, just seeing a movie here. You can also find us on our website at prospector.org. And you can just come here and see a movie, get popcorn. All that helps everyone out here. This important message is brought to you by the National Road Safety Foundation.

[school bell rings]

Guys, so guess what. The dance is this Saturday. You going? Let's go together.

(boy) That sounds awesome.

[engine starts]

You know the theme tonight? It's all school spirit. Rachel. Hey, Rache.

[simultaneous chatter]

Oh, yeah, face paint. Rachel.

[voices echoing] Rachel. Rachel. Rachel.

Rachel. Rachel.

[heartbeat pounding]

Coming up, a recipe for a tasty and healthy snack. There are lots of recipes you can cook up without turning on a stove. This week, Chef Johnny Prep shows Nicole how to make a zesty salsa. So, Chef Johnny, my hands are washed. I'm eager to get started. What's first? Let's get going here. We're going to make some red salsa, a simple salsa. This is very traditional in Mexican cuisine. We're going to start with some tomatoes, jalapeño, a bit of garlic. We're going to do some cilantro, sea salt. Then I'm going to pull out a secret ingredient. What's the secret ingredient? The secret ingredient is chicken base. A really good Mexican chef took me aside and said,

[Mexican accent] "My secret is a chicken base in salsa."

I've done it ever since. This looks a little complicated. Is this as hard as it looks? It's chop, stick it in a food processor, push a button, done. You're going to help me. Slice off a bit of cilantro. Cilantro is a nice herb. It has a cooling effect. It kind of counters the jalapeño heat. Okay? We're going to put that in there. Cilantro's interesting. Some people-- it's in their DNA-- it tastes a little soapy. Five percent of the population's like that. Some people don't like it. Ninety-five percent love it. It has a nice cooling effect to counteract the jalapeño. We're going to use a jalapeño pepper. This is fairly hot. Jalapeños vary in heat. The bigger ones are less hot than the smaller ones. A really big jalapeño might not be that hot at all. One thing about hot peppers is all their heat is right in here. All these seeds in there, that's where most of the heat is. Most of the heat is not in the green part. That's where you should be careful? Yeah. I take it out. We want the flavor of the pepper. There will be some heat. We don't even need the seeds and stems unless you like heat. If you like heat, go ahead and throw it in there. Jalapeños have a really nice flavor. In Mexico, they use serrano chilies a lot of times, but they're hotter than this. Now, there's a safety issue. Make sure, when you're dealing with hot peppers-- You get these oils on your hands when you touch the stuff, is where the heat is. You don't want to touch your eyes, nose, any sensitive part of your body, once you've played with hot peppers. When you're done with hot peppers, I'm going to go to the sink and wash my hands. That's a really important thing to know, all right? We're not chopping this fine, 'cause we're putting it in a food processor. We need to get it chopped a little bit, or the food processor will get clogged up. I suggest a food processor. Some use blenders. Food processors have many safeties on them. It's almost impossible to cut your hand inside a food processor, because of all the safeties. How about when using a sharp knife? It's very important, especially when you're at home, don't start playing with knives unless your parents have really said it's cool to do that. But when you're working with a knife, use good knife safety. Grip the knife firmly around the stem so it's an extension of your hand. Make sure, when you are cutting something, you keep your hand away from the knife. When I cut out this core, I move the knife in and out. Rotate the tomato. I'm not pushing the knife towards my hand. I think that's a much safer approach. You got to cut out this core, 'cause this part is not very edible. The other thing is tomatoes have a skin that's tough. Sometimes, if your knife's not sharp, your knife will slip. That's how you get cut. Cut on the meat side. You cut through it easier that way. Always keep your fingers, when you cut, curled under so they're not sticking out. A lot of kids like to stick their fingers out. Please, please turn your fingers under, and tuck your thumb in behind your fingers. Should I be starting cutting the cilantro? If you could cut a swath of that cilantro. One beautiful thing about cooking is, truthfully, the measurements aren't that incredible. This is a four-cup food processor. One big tomato is going to make about a cup of salsa there. We're just going to make a small batch of salsa. You really have a newbie in the kitchen here. What should I do? Take your knife and grab it. Keep your hands away from it. Cut across, and give me a handful. Just like that. Pull it back. Now just hand that to me. That was easy. Look at you. You're already an expert. That's all the cilantro you need? That's all we need. Notice I didn't worry taking off the stems. You don't want these thick stems. I really smell it. Isn't that awesome? That smells delicious.

(Nicole) We'll finish up this red salsa recipe

when Teen Kids News continues. We'll be right back.

When you deal with garlic-- Here's a clove of garlic. The easy way to deal with garlic is to take it and smash it. What safety issues do you have to worry about there? Make sure you keep your knife edge away from you. You don't have to use a knife. You can use a spatula. Go like that, which is safer. Chefs have their knives, so we use whatever we have. That way it makes it easy to peel. Get the peel off. This is woody. Throw it in. And then we're going to sprinkle some salt in there. You can always add salt. You can't take it out. Start with less than you think you need. About a half teaspoon. The best way to deal with salt is like this, in a bowl. You have the most control, unless you really know your shaker. Sometimes shakers pour. Sometimes they hardly come out. Sometimes they shake. Exactly. Sometimes they rock and roll a little bit on you. Then I put in about a teaspoon of my secret ingredient, that chicken base. And that's it. What does the chicken base do? It adds a depth of flavor. A chicken base is a reduced stock that had onions, carrots, celery, and chicken, so there's a lot of complexity. It adds complexity to your salsa, that little bit more flavor. It actually makes it taste a little like soup. People start eating it that way. Then you got to decide how chunky you like it. What you want to do, too, is see if that cilantro gets caught on that stem. Sometimes you got to put it back down there. Don't let the processor do all the work. If you're going to put a big piece of garlic in there, you want to process it good. If you want it chunky, chop the garlic first because you don't want big chunks of garlic. That's it. So all we have in there are fruits and vegetables? That's it. It's completely healthy. You got the lycopene in the tomatoes. You got the herbs in there. You got the garlic in there. This is as healthy a dish as you can have. Is it time to taste it? It is time to taste it. Wow. That looks beautiful. It's funny. When you put it in a processor-- It's got a lighter color 'cause there's air in there. After five minutes, it looks redder. Is it better with air in it? It doesn't affect it. You're going to be my tasting expert. Lucky me. Tell me if it needs more salt or not. Mmm. Good? Salt's okay? You ready to move on to fruit salsa? Let's do it. It's delicious. Good, good. I want another bite. You want a bite? I'm going to try some. What the heck, you know? I'm a big salsa fan. I could eat this all night long. You just turned me into a big salsa fan. This and sports. That's a good evening. There you have it, Johnny Prep's salsa from Chef Johnny, one of his recipes in his new book. Trust me. It's delicious. For Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole. Can I have one more? Absolutely. Go for it. That sure looks delicious. For all of us here at Teen Kids News, have a great week.

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This episode highlights a summer camp for children with skin conditions. The camp provides a safe haven for children and allows them to participate in all the camp's activities. Students also receive a report from high school students on their immersion into the Chinese culture. Other segments include safe driving tips, the story of a movie theater whose mission is to hire individuals with disabilities, and easy recipes from Chef Johnny Prep. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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