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Stories produced by students participating in our youth media program. Meet the current youth producers, and learn more about the intensive, fun and free introductory radio journalism workshops we offer throughout the year. 

caption: The summer 2023 class of RadioActive Youth Media.
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The summer 2023 class of RadioActive Youth Media.
KUOW Photo/Lila Lakehart


  • caption: Gavin Muhlfelder (left), Alex Mengisteab and Phillip Zhou pose in front of the University District Link light rail station in July 2023.

    Seattle Unplugged: What exactly is 'Seattle culture'?

    In this episode of the RadioActive podcast, Phillip Zhou, Gavin Muhlfelder and Alex Mengisteab go from neighborhood to neighborhood gathering stories about everything that makes the Emerald City unique.

  • caption: Daniel Colindres-Flores smiles as he works on editing audio next to Rediet Giday at RadioActive Youth Media.

    RadioActive minis: Get to know this summer's teen journalists

    This summer, 18 teens from across the Puget Sound region spent a month with RadioActive Youth Media learning how radio stories and podcasts get made at KUOW and — of course — making their own. Their first challenge? Making mini profile stories about each other!

  • caption: Red Debebe (left), Eliham Mohammed (center) and  Maymuna Yusuf in the RadioActive Youth Media studio.

    Multilingualism or assimilation? Three East African teens reflect on language and identity

    Language is the foundation of life. All of our actions, perspectives, and cultures stem from how we communicate with others. Our communities are tied to their methods of communication. But what happens when we lose our ability to speak? In this episode of the RadioActive podcast, Maymuna Yusuf, Red Debebe and Eliham Mohammed reflect on the trials and tribulations of staying connected to their native languages.

  • caption: People gather for a group photo on the steps of the Lambert House in Seattle, Washington.

    How the Lambert House found a new life online during the pandemic

    The Lambert House in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is a place where LGBTQ youth can find community, belonging, and support. It's been around for more than 30 years, but it shut down at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, Lambert House found a new life online. Their programs reached more youth than ever before. RadioActive's Ada Walther takes us into the Lambert House and introduces us to someone who found a home there.

  • caption: An illustration of a teenage girl surrounded by illustrations of a uterus, a condom, a packet of birth control pills, and an IUD.

    Changes are coming to Seattle Public Schools' sex education courses

    High school students in Seattle Public Schools are taught sex education once, in ninth grade health class. RadioActive's Lily Turner recently graduated from Nathan Hale High School, where she saw the lack of sex ed throughout high school cause confusion and misinformation among her classmates. But all this is about to change.

  • caption: A photo collage containing a mural painted by Y-WE participants in the summer of 2020 (left), a portrait of Aya Zouhri smiling among sunflowers in Auburn, Washington on August 12, 2022 (top right), and a portrait of Fatema Metawally in the Quad at the University of Washington in April 2023.

    Y-WE is a youth space for joy, support, and combatting injustice

    Young Women Empowered, also known as Y-WE, is a youth development organization that’s been around for about 10 years. Their mission is to cultivate the power of diverse young people to be leaders and changemakers. RadioActive’s Sadeen Al Ziyad has more about how Y-WE uplifts youth, especially youth of color, through programs that offer skill-building, joy, and a sense of belonging.

  • caption: A collage of portraits of the summer 2023 RadioActive youth producers. Top row from left: Aaron  Ton, Alex Mengisteab, Daniel Colindres-Flores, Eliham Mohammed, Gavin Muhlfelder, Jana Le. Middle row: Jehan Hashi, Josue Villalobos, Maymuna Yusuf, Natalie Lahr, Nyla Moxley, Olivia Asmann. Bottom row: Phillip Zhou, Redeat Debebe, Rediet Giday, Sidh Shroff, Taniya Guster, Vivi Cardenas-Habell.

    Meet KUOW's Summer 2023 RadioActive Youth Producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our 20th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. Eighteen teens, aged 15-18, will spend four and a half weeks learning about radio journalism and audio storytelling.