WYSO

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.

Avery Woodruff
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Miami Valley School student Avery Woodruff about looking for stable ground in relationships and in life.  

Avery Woodruff is a student at the Miami Valley School. Special thanks to Lindsey Cummings, social studies teacher at the Miami Valley School. Learn more at the school's website:  http://www.mvschool.com/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Body Armor: A Teenager's Journey Through Grief

Apr 20, 2017
Summer Smith
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from Summer Smith, a student at David H Ponitz Career Technology Center sharing her thoughts on grief and family. 

Summer Smith is a senior at Ponitz CTC High School. Special Thanks to Ponitz Radio media arts instructor Joanne Viskup. Learn more at the school's website: http://ponitzctc.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Kayleigh Morris
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Stivers School for the Arts student Kayleigh Morris about the true meaning of friendship.

Kayleigh Morris is a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Seth McDermott
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Centerville High School student Seth McDermott, who reflects on the one decision that changed his life forever.

Evangeline Lyon
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from a Evangeline Lyon who says that she's different from other students at her private high school.

Lydia Turner
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we present our our first story from the students at Stivers School for the Arts about a teenager and her father's unique occupation.

I Love Myself: A Teenager Tackles Body Image

Mar 3, 2017
Kaylynn Lorene
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth, we have a story about body image from Ponitz Career Technology Center student Kaylynn Lorene, who says she loves her body.

Kaylynn Lorene is a senior at Ponitz CTC High School. Special Thanks to Ponitz Radio media arts instructor Joanne Viskup. Learn more at the school's website: http://ponitzctc.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Travis Grile
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have the final segment of a three part series where Miami Valley teenagers talk about race. Travis Grile, a student at Centerville High School, reflects on his relationship with the police as the son of an officer.

Mandela Brown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week Dayton Youth has the second story in a three part series where Miami Vally teenagers discuss race.  Mandela Brown, a student at Centerville High School, reflects on his relationship with the police as an African American teenager.

Black Enough: Two Teenagers Reflect on Race, Identity and Expectations

Feb 9, 2017
Marc Williams and Taylor Felder
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week's Dayton Youth Radio is the first of three stories from local teenagers about race. Today we meet Marc Williams and Taylor Felder, students at the Miami Valley School who reflect on their experiences with identity and expectations when it comes to race.

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