WYSO

Youth Radio

An off-shoot of the station's groundbreaking Community Voices training project, WYSO's Youth Radio training program brings journalism and broadcasting skills like those used in WYSO's daily operations to area high school students, teaching everything from interviewing technique to digital audio editing.

 

WYSO began the youth-focused program in September 2014, partnering with Dayton's Ponitz Career Technology Center. WYSO Community Voices producer and Behind the Groove host Basim Blunt taught sixteen students in the school's Media Arts Radio Division how to produce feature stories for radio.

 

With  support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia W. Kettering foundation, WYSO expanded its Youth Radio curriculum to the Dayton Early College Academy and Dayton Regional STEM school in the 14-15 school year.  The program returned to Ponitz Career Technology Center in the fall of 2015 and will visit other area schools in early 2016.

 

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

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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
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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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In preparing for the life skills he will need after graduation, Dayton Youth Radio producer King Jalaw Walker wanted to talk with two very important people to get some advice. If Jalaw doesn't change his ways, the Ponitz High School senior might miss out on his own graduation this spring. Here's his story:

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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Sierra Derrick is a senior in the Media Arts Program at Ponitz Career Technology Center. She had come to class with a serious and personal story idea. She wanted to share what it felt like when her home was broken into and the thief walked off with their flat screen TV. The most appalling fact for Sierra was that she felt many in her Trotwood neighborhood knew about the burglary but no one came to police in fear of being labeled a snitch

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