On their own

From the Baltimore Sun
About this series: Reporter Liz Bowie and photographer André Chung spent time with Iven Bailey and Gary Sells over many months, witnessing most of the scenes described at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School and in their neighborhoods. Other events were reconstructed from interviews with administrators, teachers coaches, relatives and friends. The reporter also relied on police records and other public documents.

Bowie, Chung and Rodricks are honored
Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, reporter Liz Bowie and photographer Andre F. Chung have been selected as winners of the 2006 Excellence in Urban Journalism Award for their work. (Nov 1, 2006)

Sun journalists win award for 'On Their Own' series
Two journalists from The Sun have won a national award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series published last fall that focused on the plight of two homeless Baltimore teenagers. (Apr 18, 2006)

On their own: Chapter one
Sharing a secret
Iven and Gary belonged to a nearly invisible group of teens living on society's margins without a parent's help, without a real home (Oct 9, 2005)

About the issue
Homeless students prove hard to find, hard to help
Among thousands of homeless schoolchildren in Baltimore is a group of teenagers who choose to care for themselves rather than submit to the help offered by social agencies. (Oct 9, 2005)

On their own: Chapter two
'I am my own parent'
As they try to reach their goal of graduation, Iven Bailey and Gary Sells are weighed down by worries about family (Oct 10, 2005)

On their own: Chapter three
'Did I fail, Ms. Darley?'
Iven and Gary face new problems as senior year closes, but only one of the boys is intent on reaching college (Oct 11, 2005)

On their own: Chapter four
A time for celebration
After completing a tumultuous senior year, Iven Bailey and Gary Sells savor their rites of passage (Oct 12, 2005)

How you can help
In response to an outpouring of interest in the series "On their own," a Baltimore nonprofit that provides emergency shelter for teenagers has announced that it will establish two funds to help the subjects of the series, as well as youth like them who have similar problems. (Oct 12, 2005)

On their own: A Sun follow-up
Help for homeless teens
Groups urge new ways that include dormitories, boarding school; Nonprofit sets up fund for at-risk youths (Oct 14, 2005)