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rnaments. >> "teen kids news" is about to get started, and here's what we've got for you. >> the students in this
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classroom are playacting. but as i'll explain, it's no game. >> he used to be a hospital patient. now he's a hospital hero. i'll have that story. >> a cooking competition so fierce you can taste it. i'll report on teen chefs. >> rugby started in england long ago. no doubt the inventors of the sport would be surprised to see how it's now being played in america. >> we asked teens if they'd like to sit at this desk and handle all the responsibilities that come with it. their answers may surprise you. >> we're at madame tussauds new york getting a behind-the-scenes peek at all the work it takes to keep these life-size wax figures looking lifelike. >> and there's lots more ahead, so stay with us.
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>> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm livia. here's this week's top story. >> bullying is making a lot of news nowadays. that's because it's so common. brandon tells us about an unusual program that's helping to prevent bullying. not only does it start in elementary school, it takes an approach that's rather dramatic. >> hey, listen. i wanted to talk to you about the math, 'cause... >> liz and rachel call themselves actor/educators. and they're putting on a performance to help these 5th graders understand how a little issue can grow into something big and hurtful. >> she didn't show her friend her math homeworks, and her friend started to, like, exclude her from all the games and parties. >> the performance gives kids an opportunity they don't get in real life. the chance to stop the action and to discuss what's going on. >> what did you guys just see happen? yeah.
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>> the play is called "alice's story," and the actors perform it at different schools. it shows that bullying can happen even among friends. >> "alice's story" examines a friendship between two young girls, and how sometimes the people who you feel are closest to you can take advantage of you. >> you put that on facebook? >> yeah. and people were writing that they thought it was true. >> we wanted to give students an opportunity to put themselves in the roles of the characters and practice making decisions in case they ever found themself in a similar situation. >> and then, together, we found ways to see how the person that was being bullied could have changed what they did. and we worked together to solve the problem. >> what was working super-well about what caitlin did? >> when caitlin said that if you would like it if you did that to her, and she kind of showed her
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feelings -- that she said that she wouldn't like that that much. >> the actors help the students see that bullying has many forms. it can be physical. it can be emotional. it can be in your face or on your computer. >> ah, interesting. so, online has some permanence. if you put something up online, it could be there forever, 'cause maybe somebody deletes it, but people have already seen it. maybe they've copied it and pasted it. >> whatever kind of bullying you experience, whether you're a victim or a bystander, you need to get some help from a grown-up. >> i would tell an adult. >> all: one...two...three... freeze! >> okay, so raising your hand, can you guys give me some adjectives for how you think she's feeling right now? >> "alice's story" was created by making books sing. they believe that theater can inspire learning. the hope is that students will learn that bystanders can make a big difference. >> they need to protect one another, because we realized that 80% of students are going to be functioning in the role of
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the bystander, and so they have the most important role -- to stand up for one another when they see somebody who's being bullied. >> like my friend is shy -- i will be there to support my friend. >> help them to stand up for themself. >> the kids here at p.s. 144q learn that the best defense against bullying can be summed up in one word -- empathy. >> it means, like, feeling someone's emotion even though they're not telling you, but, like, you can see it inside of them. >> so, like, you could have empathy for someone when they're being bullied. >> all: one...two...three... action! stop doing this to her. >> empathy. if each of us took that word to heart, there would be a lot fewer bullies. >> we'll be back with more "teen kids news" in just a few moments. >> stick with us.
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>> if you have ever had to spend time in a hospital, you know how the hours can drag on and on. eden has the story of one patient who turned that experience into something very positive. >> i came down the stairs at my house, and i felt a lot of discomfort and pain in my hip, and we went to the doctor, and he said i had to go to the hospital to get tests done. they weren't quite sure what it was. >> ray jr. was just four years old at the time. even when he was finally able to leave the hospital, he couldn't stop thinking about the other kids there. >> even at that young age, i still felt and related to them. and when i left, i saw kids that had to stay there, so then i donated my birthday and christmas gifts, and that's how we got the ball rolling. >> you know what you're doing, right? >> the ball he got rolling has gathered a lot of momentum since then. >> you guys got to count.
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there's gonna be 50 per box, okay? >> ray started a charity that brings holiday cheer to hospitals all year round. it's called the little saint nick foundation. >> we're putting, like, coloring books, stuffed animals, all stuff they can use, basically, in the hospital, and they don't really need to be that active for, so, basically, something they can use in the hospital bed and will make them happy. >> ray's community gives a lot of support with things like fundraising events, and his friends love pitching in, too. >> it makes us feel good that, like, we can give back to the community and, like, help other people. >> some toys even travel overseas to an orphanage in finland. it's amazing to think that this all started when ray was just six -- of course, with quite a bit of help from his parents. >> i'm very proud of his efforts. as long as he's continuing to go forward, we're his support system. >> ray was named one of america's top youth volunteers. he won a trip to washington to receive the prudential spirit of community award, but it's clear the real reward comes
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right here at the hospital. >> how's it going, bud? i got you a little gift here to make you feel better. >> ray still feels a special bond with young patients because he knows how it feels to wait and worry. >> doctors running tests on you, you're waiting there all day long to see, you know, the results and what they're gonna do next to you, so you feel a lot of fear and anxiety. >> and there's something else ray brings into the hospital room -- hope. >> you're gonna get out of here soon, hopefully? i hope so. all right, bud. have a good day, all right? nice meeting you. >> i think the kids are able to see what the future holds, that they can be fine, and it really does make a huge difference, and they have something to look forward to, so we're extremely fortunate to have them come visit with us. >> maybe you're wondering why his charity is called the little saint nick foundation. it's because christmas eve is particularly special to ray. it's his birthday.
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>> being able to prepare a meal is a step on the road to being an adult. but being able to prepare a gourmet meal could be a step on the road to a career. lauren has the story. >> they cut, they cook, they conquered. teenage chefs learning how to cook like the pros, being judged by the pros. every year, high-school cooking teachers nominate their best and brightest for the c-cap competition. >> c-cap stands for careers through culinary arts program. we provide career, education, and scholarship opportunities for underserved students throughout the nation, all in
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the culinary arts. >> the contenders are given the recipes in advance so they can memorize the ingredients and practice the process. when the competition begins, they have two hours to impress the judges. >> we're looking for knife skills, organizational skills, focus, good mise en place, which is everything in its place, done properly, and, of course, appearance and taste. >> on the menu for this competition -- supreme poulet chasseur avec pommes chateau. or you can just call it chicken and potatoes. for a dessert, crepe sucre with crème patisserie and sauce au chocolat. don't speak french? this one's easy. you can call it mouth-watering. >> the crepe i just tried, which was done right away, was excellent. >> these kids love to cook, but now they're doing it with famous chefs looking over their shoulders. so, what does it take to impress a top chef?
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>> i say be really organized. you can't have 10 things going at once. just doesn't work. and there's quite a few really excellent students today. you can see they've got a plan. >> this judge knows firsthand the pressure these students are under. >> i came out of c-cap. 10 years ago, i was actually in their shoes, so i did this. i know how nervous they are. >> thiago now works at a trendy restaurant. he's an inspiration to the competitors who hope to cook up some success of their own. >> i see myself working at a restaurant, being an executive pastry chef. >> i want to own my own bed & breakfast and be chef. >> what these students have in common is a passion for preparing food. >> it started as a hobby when i was in like the 10th grade, and i noticed that i was taking more interest into it, so then i told my school, and my guidance counselor informed me that we were having a culinary class, so then i took that up as one of my electives. >> that's where c-cap enters the picture. the organization reaches out to public high schools that offer classes in cooking and food services.
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>> these are culinary-arts programs that are in the schools, and through those programs, we find students and provide careers or help them find careers. >> at the end of the competition, the students present their creations. their families take pictures. the judges serve up advice and encouragement. [ applause ] and here's the sweetest part of all. every one of these students earned a scholarship towards a college or professional culinary-arts program. >> i know that college can be expensive, and i really want to pursue my dreams, so i know that c-cap provided a great program for students like me to get into the culinary field and help me out through school and better perfect my career. >> if you're interested in a career as a chef or some other
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job in the food industry, check out the c-cap website. we have a link posted on but keep in mind this advice from another veteran of c-cap training. >> what makes a good chef into a great chef -- being able to take criticism. >> that's a recipe for success in any field. for "tkn," i'm lauren. tell yw medical website designed especially for older folks. website you say! i can't work on computers, they're not senior-friendly. blah, blah, blah. but the national institutes of health fixed all that. now you can make the type bigger, increase contrast, even make it talk to you. just go to and get the best medical information available anywhere. nih built with you in mind.
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hi, sweetie. [ beep ] man: how's it going, buddy? i'm bored. [ beep ] i think i'll ride my bike. [ tv playing ] [ beep ] it may never be this easy to help your kids find balance, but you have more power than you know. the we can! parents' handbook and web site can help you maximize that power. you'll learn how to help kids choose healthier foods... and how to make it fun for them to get active. who can help kids maintain a healthy weight? we can! visit the we can! web site for a free parents' handbook, plus tips, tools, and resources. a message from the u.s. department
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of health and human services. >> it's a sport that has a kickoff, but it's not football. it has a pitch, but it's not baseball. it has goals, but it's not
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soccer. and it has teams that are guys or all girls, but as emily tells us, that's changing. >> it all started about 200 years ago in england. a guy playing soccer decided he wouldn't just kick the ball. he'd carry it as he ran. so you say, "oh, like american football?" well, not exactly. >> the big difference between american football and rugby football is there's no forward pass in rugby. the ball has to be passed laterally... >> that means passing to the side. >> ...or slightly behind you. >> rugby is played on a field called the pitch. to score, you have to get the ball across the try line. >> one of the key pieces is, every player on the field gets a chance to actually run with the ball, touch the ball, and move with the ball. so it's really a good feel-good sport for everyone involved. >> girls and boys have been playing rugby for years but separately.
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that's because traditional rugby is really rough. there's lots of pushing, shoving, and tackling. but in american flag rugby, there's far less physical contact. you force a player to release the ball by grabbing his or her flag. >> flag! >> certainly, there is no pushing, shoving, or knocking from behind. we look for no tripping. >> so american flag rugby welcomes co-ed competition. boys and girls play together. >> and there's no barriers. they're certainly equal out there. >> yeah, anyone can enjoy it. >> go! >> in flag rugby, some important lessons are being passed from player to player, along with the ball. >> because all the boys get really cocky when they play sports and they think they're so much better than us, so it's just fun to prove them wrong. >> it shows, like, it's not only boys. you can play with girls, too. so it's not excluding girls and stuff. >> and it's a good way for kids to play and learn together, you know, as a team, as you may do in life as you get older.
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>> a team in rugby is called a side, so american flag rugby is a sport where boys and girls are literally on the same side. >> we want to hear what you have to say. here's our question for the week. >> it's been called the toughest job in the world. would you want to be president of the united states? >> ever since i was little, i've actually always wanted to be president of the united states. i feel like it's a big ambition, and if i keep, like -- if i'm dedicated to actually trying to, then i think i can. i think it'd be a really good experience, and it would be really fun. >> no, just too much hassle on me, and the pressure -- it'd be unbearable. >> i would like to be president of the united states, because that way, everyone knows you. >> i would not like to be president of the united states. i feel like it's too much of a
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responsibility, and i feel like nobody will ever be satisfied with what you do. >> i would, because that way, i could get rid of some subjects at school. and i can make bacon the national food. >> no, because they put too much pressure on the president, and every time something goes wrong, they blame the president even though it's also with the congress and the senate, not just one person's fault. it's not just him, 'cause it's a three-branch system. so we shouldn't just blame one guy. >> no. number one, that's a lot of pressure. number two, um, as great -- i mean, i'm not gonna stroke my feathers or anything like that. i'm kind of a good leader. but, like...i don't know. i don't know if i could ever lead the whole u.s.a. >> sadly, most of the teens we spoke to wouldn't want to be president. if you're on the fence as to whether or not you'd like to run the country, here's a couple of little-known perks the president enjoys. he has his own zip code. it's top secret and only for family and friends to use. letters get delivered directly
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to his office. no one -- not even the first lady -- can enter the oval office without permission. and my personal favorite -- the president gets his very own m&m's. the boxes are even monogrammed with his signature. sweet! with "speak of the week," i'm christina. >> in utah, a teenager was arrested after he broke in to someone's house. even though he had disappeared before the police arrived, they found him pretty easily. he had left his homework at the scene of the crime. wow. college already. ( chuckles ) yeah. - we gotta go. - yeah. - ( engine starts ) - ( door shuts )
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>> this report is brought to you by madame tussauds new york. >> the exhibits at the legendary madame tussauds are amazingly
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lifelike. but you'd be surprised at how much work it takes to keep the wax figures looking their best. jacelyn got a chance to take a rare peek behind the scenes. >> inside madame tussauds new york, there are five floors filled with more than 200 figures. >> oh, it's really cool. everything's really realistic. >> every single detail, right down to the last touch, is incredible. >> to add to the realism, many of these figures are wearing the actual clothes of the person they're modeled after. for example, taylor swift actually wore this dress, and she played that guitar. unlike most museums, at madame tussauds, you're invited to touch the exhibits. you call this an interactive attraction. why? >> we encourage our guests to get as close as they want. they can hug, they can kiss the figures. there's plenty of kisses on justin bieber. take as many pictures as you want.
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it's a lot of fun. >> do you have a favorite? >> johnny depp. >> did you lay one on him? >> i gave him a hug. [ laughs ] >> the exhibits get a lot of personal attention, and that takes a toll. although all of the figures are made in madame tussauds london studio, it's up to the staff here to take care of them. so, early in the morning, before visitors arrive, technicians like emily make the rounds. she checks the hair of heroes like civil-rights champion rosa parks, makes sure eli manning and carmelo anthony are ready for action, fixes brad pitt's tie, and -- oh, yeah -- removes all that lipstick from george clooney's cheeks. >> on a daily basis, the most popular figures, like clooney, brad pitt, johnny depp, they got kissed all over, so they got lipstick on their face. >> what are the different things you need to do to the figures? >> well, we have to check on the hair, so if the hair doesn't have the right style anymore, we have to style it again. from a wardrobe point of view,
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because people can touch the figures and interact with the figures, we do need to change the shirts, the suits, even polish the shoes. so, yeah, we really treat them very nice. >> when the figures need extra help, it's off with their heads and into the workshop. that's where petra is working on rock guitar legend jimi hendrix. >> so basically, what we do when we color is we closely work with reference pictures. >> meanwhile, emily's racing ahead of the clock. just before the doors open, susan sarandon's curlers come out, johnny depp gets a touch-up, jennifer lopez strikes a pose, and justin bieber gets ready for his adoring fans. of all the figures, which is the most challenging to keep in tip-top shape? >> justin bieber ranks number one. he is constantly getting kissed on both cheeks, and the girls are always all over him. his hair is always a mess. >> so, go ahead and plant a kiss on justin or george.
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they'll still be looking perfect tomorrow morning. >> we inspect the figures every single morning and then throughout the day. >> it typically takes three to six months to make a wax figure and it costs about $300,000, but since this is as close as most of us will ever get to the rich and famous, the experience here is priceless. for "tkn," i'm jacelyn. >> that's "teen kids news" for now. thanks for tuning in. >> we'll be back next week. see you then.


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