Dayton Youth Radio

WYSO is committed to putting local voices on the air. We give local voices the time and space to tell their own stories, in their own words, without commercial interruptions. Our Community Voices training program for adults has been doing this since 2011. In 2014 we expanded that program to include high school students. They are the future of Dayton – and they have a lot to say.

Dayton Youth Radio project manager Basim Blunt teaches broadcasting and storytelling skills to high school students. Basim works with about 45 teenagers each year from various schools in the Miami Valley, guiding each students' story from the classroom to the WYSO airwaves.

We plan to keep diversifying the types of schools we work with. In 2016-17 we continued to serve Dayton’s urban core by working with Ponitz Career Technology Center and Stivers School for the Arts, but also worked with the suburbs (Centerville High School), a rural district (Tecumseh High School) and a private school (Miami Valley School).

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council

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The students at STEM wanted to use Dayton Youth Radio training for community outreach. In this series we'll be listening to student produced PSA's or public service announcements that represent issues important to teenagers.

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Modern families come in many variations. Youth Radio producer Jessye Beck Stones says that her family started as a blended family. Jessye and her half -brother Emerie feel lucky because in their home they have formed a loving family bond. She gets angry when adults assume that black fathers are not active in raising their children.

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DECA student Fatema Ahmed produced a story that captures her fond memories of growing up in Iraq. She reminisces about being with her family and enjoying a special holiday recipe that's been passed down through generations.

This series of Youth Radio stories was produced by the students of the Dayton Early College Academy. To learn more about DECA, visit the school's website: http://daytonearlycollege.org/  Special thanks to Anne Rasmussen, Director Community involvement at DECA.

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Youth radio producer, Lawrence Brown says that his shyness was so severe that he had serious problems in grade school and no one helped. His dad offered patience and support that gave him the encouragement to blossom.

This series of Youth Radio stories was produced by the students of the Dayton Early College Academy. To learn more about DECA, visit the school's website: http://daytonearlycollege.org/  Special thanks to Anne Rasmussen, Director Community involvement at DECA.

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It's been said for generations, parents just don't understand, especially when it comes to teenagers' music.  Whether it's rock n roll, punk,  heavy metal or hip-hop it seems that every generation has music that genre drives the adults crazy. DECA student Darrell White,  thinks that his family may be a little different.  Darrell says  he and has dad both love hip hop.  But as far as his mom is concerned, she's a Gospel fan.

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DECA Sophomore Omari Gaskins feels that as he gets older, he'll have to prepare himself to deal with racism in the real world. His family members share their experience, and Omari shares his feelings with on this weeks Dayton Youth Radio series.

This series of Youth Radio stories was produced by the students of the Dayton Early College Academy. To learn more about DECA, visit the school's website: http://daytonearlycollege.org/  Special thanks to Anne Rasmussen, Director Community involvement at DECA.

A Teenager Champions Equal Rights For Women

May 21, 2015
Heather Ashley (Dayton Youth Radio)
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Heather Ashley is from Dayton and lives with her mom and dad, little brother and sister.  Her dad was laid off and is still unemployed.  The source of most of the family income is Heather’s mom, who works full-time. Heather has strong feelings about feminism.  Here’s project coordinator Basim Blunt – to introduce us:

Growing Up In Foster Care: One Teen's Experience

May 14, 2015
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today in Dayton Youth Radio, project manager Basim Blunt introduces us to a teenager who grew up in foster care and shares some vivid memories of his experience.

 

18 year old Shakur Wortham told me that his whole life had been a lie. He had spent most of it in Foster Care and he's always had a hard time  getting close to people.

I knew he had a story inside of him but we couldn't get it on paper and we were running out of time. So one day we just went into the studio and hit record.

Remembering Dad: A Teen And His Family Reflect

Mar 26, 2015
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Robert Henderson is a senior in the Ponitz Career Technology Center's media arts department. Robert lost his father Robert Henderson Sr. when he was only 11 years old. Since he was young when this happened, he wanted to use his youth radio project to learn a little bit more about his dad. He spoke to his sister and his mom.

Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation.

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For the class of 2015, graduation is drawing near. Many high school graduates will be leaving home, going off to college and some starting families. Ponitz Career Technology Center Media Arts senior Lucien Wright feels that many young black males have future plans not based on reality but fantasy. 

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