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Teen Kids News (Episode 1337)

22 minutes

(Describer) In computer animation, different news scenes in rectangles move fast around a turning globe.

(Describer) In front of a blue background with a triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A girl sits at a desk with monitors behind her.

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

(Describer) The Teen Kids News logo is on curved screens that form a turning cylinder. Passing around it, title: Top Story.

A sewing machine may seem an unlikely vehicle for helping girls around the world get an education. But as Diyu reports, in the hands of one particular girl, the simple sewing machine can work wonders.

(Describer) A girl carries a patterned bag.

(Diyu) Mary Grace wanted to help others less fortunate than she is, so she set her sights on African countries south of the Sahara Desert.

(Describer) Mary Grace:

(Mary) It's all dirt, and there's no pathway for people to walk on the road. And they don't really have air conditioning at all. They don't have lights. They don't have floor. They don't have toilets. They have really extreme poverty conditions.

(Diyu) Bad as conditions are in countries like Uganda, girls have it even worse. The reason I focus on Sub-Saharan Africa is because girls never get the chance. They're married off at a young age or work at home and in the fields, while the boys go to school.

(Describer) A couple sewing machines punch into fabric.

(Diyu) That's why Reverse the Course was born.

(Describer) In a workroom...

Come help me make a bow.

(Mary) Reverse the Course is a business and foundation that I started at 12. I wanted to help one girl with school, so by selling products, I could raise money for her tuition.

(Describer) She starts an embroidery machine.

(Diyu) Before she could sell any products, she needed to make them. That included learning some new skills.

(Describer) She moves thin fabric through another sewing machine.

It took about a month to teach myself how to sew. I can only do a straight line, not like clothes or anything.

(Diyu) Mary Grace started small, with just one product.

(Describer) Headbands.

This is actually my first thing I made. It's called a reversible headband.

(Describer) She slides out the plastic center and turns it around.

It just slides in and out like that. That's clever.

(Diyu) With time, she added more types of accessories and invested in more sophisticated equipment. This is an embroidering machine I bought. What it does is it embroiders letters, monograms, whatever you want. It can do sailboats and different icons too. For example, this is just some letters that I recently did, and then I can do different icons,

(Describer) They’re in the middle of hair bows.

which are back up here.

(Diyu) Her mother helps her with running the business end, but Mary Grace makes most of the accessories herself, from headbands to bows. I do dual-purpose things so people can both get a bargain, but then also help girls go to school. That's the neat part about it. Oh, this is one of my newest things. It's called "Knot for Profit," but K-N-O-T 'cause of the knots on the headband. These are monogrammed bows that stick on a headband.

(Diyu) Her school bookstore sells the accessories. She raised money to pay tuition for the girl in Uganda and many others as well.

(Describer) Photos line the walls of the workroom.

These are photos of some girls Mary Grace's handiwork has helped to educate.

(Describer) She walks to a clothing store.

(Mary) I started going into retail stores, and now I'm selling in eight different states, and so it's grown a lot.

(Describer) She goes inside.

Hi, sweetie. Hi. How are you? Good. How are you? Good, thanks. Bring some goodies? Yup. Here's some new bows.

(Describer) On the store counter, she opens the patterned bag.

Great. Let's just open this up. Look at that. It's like spring in a bag.

(Describer) With Denise MacDonald..

Don't you love it?

(Diyu) Why did you decide to carry Mary Grace's hair accessories? I was walking down for the sidewalk sale and came across her display and her bows and had to have them. I loved the concept. I loved the color combinations. I loved what she was doing benefited so many other people. It was perfect for our store. They're incredibly popular. People love it. Let me see.

(Describer) She puts headbands with bows on some little girls.

You look fabulous, sweetheart.

(Diyu) What do you think about your headband? It's cool. It's comfortable.

(Diyu) Did you know you're supporting a good cause, helping girls go to school? Yeah. What do you think about that? It's nice, and it helps them a lot.

(Diyu) Mary Grace has accomplished a lot, but what about the future? My goal is to reach 100 girls. I'm now at 32, and I'm almost there. Just step by step.

(Diyu) It's amazing how some thread, glitter, and sparkle, along with creativity and hard work can make a big difference in so many lives. For Teen Kids News, I'm Diyu.

(Describer) Molly:

We've all heard about "going green." We've also probably heard that going green is expensive. But that's not always the case. Think reusable. Instead of throwing away paper towels, use re-washable dishcloths. When it comes to containers, reusable water bottles are definitely cheaper. These are a couple ways to go green without spending a lot of green. Just because they're legal doesn't mean they're safe. Important warnings about energy drinks coming up.

(Describer) Livia:

Maybe you've seen friends do it-- grab drinks that promise to give you a boost of energy. They even say "energy" on the label. But as Nicole reports, energy drinks could be packing a dangerous punch.

(Describer) Coffee is poured.

(Nicole) For more than a thousand years, people have relied on coffee to help wake up. I drink coffee because it gives me energy. I'm ready to go for the day. I can get energized to get going.

(Nicole) Coffee doesn't get you energized. It's the caffeine in the coffee. There's also caffeine in many types of soda and some teas. In moderation, caffeine doesn't cause problems for most people, but too much caffeine is bad for you. It could affect your heart, your mind, your breathing rate, a lot of things.

(Nicole) And that brings us to energy drinks. Most don't realize that the typical energy drink can deliver far more caffeine than we should have. That's why public health officials, like Dr. Delaney, are concerned.

(Describer) Peter Delaney:

Over the last five years, we're seeing a marked increase in the number of people ending up in emergency departments because of their energy drink use. We're seeing people with insomnia, nervousness, agitation, serious headaches, and in very advanced cases, seizures.

(Nicole) Energy drinks are big business-- $20 billion in sales a year. A lot of buyers are teens, and they could be buying trouble. Energy drink is healthier. An energy drink. Energy drink because it gives you energy. You can exercise and do whatever you need to.

(Nicole) Many kids don't realize that caffeine in energy drinks can be bad for them. We're not saying to drink soda. The point we're making is if you think energy drinks are safer than soda, you're wrong. According to nutrition specialist, Dr. Deb, kids should not take in more than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. That's how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee. This can has about 154.

(Describer) Deborah Kennedy:

And there's no resealable can, and this is two servings. So you can get too much caffeine really easy, and the sugar in these make them go down really easy.

(Describer) Delaney:

If it tastes good, great, but if you drink a lot of it, that's not safe for you.

(Nicole) To be clear, these energy drinks are different from sports drinks teens might have after a workout.

(Describer) Kennedy:

They think that sports drinks and energy drinks are the same, and they're not. The sports drink has electrolytes, which is a fancy word for salt you sweat out. But these energy drinks have stimulants in them, and not just caffeine. What's best for an energy boost? For an energy boost, why don't you make a delicious smoothie?

(Describer) One is made in a blender.

Those are true energy drinks. The energy drinks you get from the store, they make you go up and then crash. It's a fake energy, and it's going to deplete you.

(Describer) Nicole:

Don't be surprised if a doctor asks if you use energy drinks. Doctors are including that question in routine checkups. So remember, energy drinks are not kid stuff. They're not so hot for grown-ups, either.

(Describer) Against the background of a baseball stadium, title: Baseball Facts with Matt. A bat hits a ball.

[crack] [crowd cheering]

(Matt) The greatest hitter ever ended his career in style. On September 28, 1960, in Fenway Park against the Orioles, Ted Williams played his final game for Boston Red Sox. In his final at bat, he hit a home run off pitcher Jack Fisher that landed in the Red Sox bullpen. It was his 521st career home run. I'm Matt for Teen Kids News.

(Describer) A viewer email says, “I love watching Teen Kids News!” Signed, Tyrone.

Too much exercise and too little water-- they make for a painful situation. I'll tell you how to treat it.

(Describer) Title: Coming up, First Aid Tips. Livia:

We all should know what to do in a medical emergency. Here are tips on first aid from the American Red Cross.

(Describer) In an animation, a finger swipes an icon of blood, then swipes an icon of fire, and swipes a heart with a jagged line across it. It presses one that says “First Aid Tips – American Red Cross”, then one of the sun. Title: Heat Cramps.

What are heat cramps? They're muscle pains or spasms that usually occur in legs or the abdomen. What causes them?

(Describer) Tia Zorne:

Exposure to high heat and humidity that causes us to lose fluids and electrolytes. What are electrolytes? You probably heard in science class of elements like sodium, potassium. These are electrolytes that are found in sports drinks. They are a valuable substance that muscle fibers need in order to function properly. So what should we do? First, move that person into a cool area, whether that be indoors or even the shade. Have them rest and stretch the muscle. Even massaging the area can really help. To replenish those lost fluids, give them half a glass of water or a sports drink every 15 minutes. Make sure the fluid doesn't contain caffeine. That can make the situation worse.

(Emily) Let's review. To treat heat cramps, the Red Cross says...

(Describer) Emily:

Don't let heat cramps cramp your style. Stay properly hydrated. For TKN, I'm Emily.

(Livia) This report is brought to you by...

(Describer) Livia:

It's time to meet the winner of this year's Drive2Life contest and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the public service announcement.

(Describer) A boy gets out of a car.

Jake! Hi. I'm Alan. Jake Lundell. I'm the director. How are you? Sean, D.P. Hi.

(female narrator) Jake won this year's Drive2Life contest, sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation. His idea for a distracted walking PSA was selected from nearly 1,600 entries nationwide. Jake and his family flew to New York from their hometown in Minnesota to work with professionals to make the PSA. He and his sister Katie would be the actors. The director walked everyone through the scenes.

Katie's on screen first. You know your lines? (Jake) Yeah. What's your first line? "This is Katie." What's your second line? "And I'm--well, you know who I am." With more feeling, right? Yeah. One of the hardest things to do is walk naturally and not look around as if you're on camera. Practice that a little bit. And on to... "And I'm-- Well, you know who I am." Much better. That's exactly correct.

(Amelia) Next, a quick rehearsal for Katie. Katie, walk towards me. Looking at the camera? No, kind of looking off. Walk a little slower. This is your costume. Marilou will help you put it on.

(Describer) Jake puts on a black cloak with a hood.

(Describer) Then he gets white makeup.

Have your face become completely white, so you look like Death.

(Describer) Jake:

Before she walks in front of a car, Death grabs her and brings her back and says, "I'll save her today, but tomorrow, who knows?"

(Describer) He holds a scythe with a glove that looks like bones.

I-I don't feel alive.

(Amelia) While Jake practiced walking with his scythe, they prepped the prop car. Then it was time to shoot. Standing by, and walk!

(Describer) Katie walks with Jake behind her.

And start walking.

(Amelia) After a couple of takes,

the crew reset for the next scene. (director) Action!

(Describer) The camera shoots them from across the street.

Katie, get your phone.

(Describer) Jake:

(Jake) I won a month ago. My teacher said, "I have an announcement to make." He said two finalists were in our class, and one of us won. We were all like, "Gosh, did we win?" He said my name, and I was like, "Oh, my gosh!" It was pretty cool. Come one step forward. That's it.

(director) And action! But I know something she doesn't. See that intersection? I didn't point. And action!

(Describer) Katie texts as she walks.

But I know something she doesn't. See that intersection? A car will be going through it in precisely three seconds. Stop. That worked perfectly.

(Describer) They watch playback on a monitor.

(Jake) A car will be going through it in precisely three seconds. That's good. You liked it? Good.

(director) Action!

(Describer) Katie’s shot from a lower angle.

Cut! Excellent! It's a wrap! Way to go! All right! Good job. You did a great job.

(Describer) Alan high-fives Jake and Marilou.

It was fun. I had a blast. The next step is to edit it.

(Describer) Amelia:

We'll tell you about that when we continue. We'll be right back. I think I like these three so far. Okay.

(Describer) Titles: Coming up, Part 2 in a moment. Jake watches on a computer.

But I know something she doesn't.

(Describer) Spinning with the triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. Jake walks downstairs with Alan.

(Marilou) Hi, Jake. You remember Marilou.

(Describer) He shakes hands with Marilou.

Hi. You ready to edit? Yes, I am. This way.

(Nicole) Jake's concept earned him the top prize in the Drive2Life contest, sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation. Previously, he shot the PSA with the field crew. Now he gets to edit. And here's Rick. Good to see you. Pull up a chair. We'll go over the shots, and I'll show you how to edit.

(Describer) He sits with him in front of the computer.

I thought this would be cool to see, how it goes from storyboard to the actual finished product. What I did was I took the scenes and just separated all the different shots into the different scenes. So here is just Katie walking down the street by herself. Number two is the scenes with you and Katie. There's a montage of shots here: a car coming, don't-walk signs, texting, all different shots. So here's our different music choices that I found from our music library. We can listen to them and see which ones work.

[suspenseful music playing]

It has tension, sort of suspense. I'd say keep this one. Okay.

[percussive music playing]

So far, I like this one and this one here. Okay, that one's good. We're done. Want to see it? Yes. Okay.

(Describer) He plays it.

This is Katie, and I'm-- well, you know who I am. Life's going great for Katie-- class president, captain of her soccer team, aced her SATs-- Sorry! We can't show the whole spot

(Describer) Abigail:

until it's approved by the National Road Safety Foundation.

(Describer) Beside a cartoon clock, title: 21 seconds later. Jake smiles.


That was really good.

(Marilou) Looked great! I really liked that. Came out really good. It did. The music is great, the timing, your acting. What do you think of his acting? Very good, believable. You got that Death deadpan delivery down. Very good.

Great compliment. [laughter]

Okay, guys, next step is burn a DVD and present it to the National Road Safety Foundation. You ready to do that? Yes, I am. Fist bump. Okay. Next week, the world premiere of Jake's winning PSA. Don't miss it. For Teen Kids News, I'm Amelia.

(Describer) Titles: Teen Kids News. Coming up, All Dressed Up. Livia:

Homecoming and prom-- two occasions during high school when we get all dressed up. But sometimes finding the right dress can be stressful. Christina got advice from an expert. I'm here with Kim Collins, an expert stylist from She'll show us some classic and trendy styles. Thanks for having me. Let's get started.

(Describer) A model walks out.

So this first style is considered a classic look. Tell us why that is.

(Kim) What makes this classic is the beautiful simplicity. The strapless sweetheart neckline and knot detail make it that classic look.

(Describer) It’s knee-length and mint green.

Why is this a good option? This style is figure-flattering on all body types. It gives you endless accessorizing possibilities. We've done it here with a glamorous necklace and chandelier earrings. It does look great. Thank you.

(Describer) The next model wears a close-fitting gold minidress.

This dress seems dressy. Tell us about it. This is the opposite of what we just looked at. This is all-over sequins, completely glamorous and a little bit of sleeve.

(Describer) ...and a high neckline.

How would you accessorize this and not go overboard? I like a muted-tone earring and bangle and a little strappy shoe ties the look together. It looks great.

(Describer) The next dress has a short flared skirt.

This floral dress shows off a fun and girly personality. Do you agree? Absolutely. This is one of my favorite looks.

(Describer) It has side pockets and a plunging neckline.

This designer took a trend in every type of wear, the floral, and turned it into formal wear. That's what you like best? It brings out the personality of the girl wearing it. She can be fun, have a little bling on. Put a moto jacket on, and you've got a different look. It looks awesome.

(Describer) Next is floor-length, purple and strapless.

This dress is gorgeous. Tell us about how sequins can make a big statement at any prom or homecoming. The girl wearing that all-over sequin dress wants all eyes on her. It's just this amazing reveal. On the dance floor, these little lights catch the sparkle. She would definitely be catching sparkle in that.

(Describer) Another long dress is tight and white with gold beading.

This next dress is very sophisticated. I love the long sleeves paired with the open back. Sleeves are trending this year. To make it not too covered up, the open back makes it fun and flirty. When you come in, there's sparkle in front. When you leave, you make a statement. It's classy, too. Absolutely.

(Describer) Next, long and red with a close fit.

To me, this dress is classic with a little twist. Why is this a great choice? Lace is very sophisticated. Any girl can wear it. But when you add sequin and that keyhole neckline, it makes it really young and flirty. These dresses are beautiful and offer different styles for varying tastes. But what if a girl's on a budget? At, we have styles in every price range. But don't be intimidated. We have a great search feature. Plug in your length, color, and price to find that perfect dress. Sounds awesome. Thank you for showing these dresses. Thank you for having me.

(Describer) Christina:

There are a lot of choices. Girls, remember, it's your special day. Wear something you feel great in. This is my favorite. For Teen Kids News, I'm Christina.

(Describer) She wears the floral. Livia:

That wraps it up for this edition of Teen Kids News. We'll see you again next week.

(Describer) Titles: Director: Alan J Weiss. Producers: Tania Wilk, Marilou Yacoub. Writer: Deborah Gobble. Copyright Eyewitness Kids News LLC, 2016, all rights reserved. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Funding to purchase and make this educational program accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Department of Education by telephone at 1-800-USA-LEARN, or online at

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In the top story, Diyu interviews Mary Grace, who uses a simple sewing machine to help girls around the world get an education. Molly provides inexpensive tips for "going green." Next, Nicole reports on the possible dangers of drinking energy drinks, and Matt discusses why Ted Williams is the greatest hitter of all time in baseball. Other segments include remedies for heat cramps, a PSA from the National Road Safety Foundation, and tips for homecoming and prom. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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