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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: Row 1: Ruby Lee, Adar Abdi, Lyn Strober-Cohen and Kouther Ahmed. Row 2: Abdul Hameed, Sarah Pham, Jared Lam and Luis Hernandez Vargas. Row 3: Sam Habtemichael, Emily Chua, Hebaq Farah and Gabe Rambayon.
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Row 1: Ruby Lee, Adar Abdi, Lyn Strober-Cohen and Kouther Ahmed. Row 2: Abdul Hameed, Sarah Pham, Jared Lam and Luis Hernandez Vargas. Row 3: Sam Habtemichael, Emily Chua, Hebaq Farah and Gabe Rambayon.
Credit: KUOW Photo

Episodes

  • caption: Eight-year-old Diem Pham holds her 1-year-old cousin Kim Pham at a refugee camp in Malaysia in May 1980.

    A poem for my mother, a Vietnam boat refugee

    At just 8 years old, my mom, Diem Pham, became a refugee of the Vietnam War. Her parents put her on a small boat, where she spent 10 days at sea and six months at a refugee camp in Malaysia. Decades later, I interviewed her about that experience, and wove her answers into a spoken-word poem.

  • caption: Regina Elmi is the co-founder of Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond.

    My aunt helps immigrant students get the type of education she deserved as a child

    My aunt, Regina Elmi, came to the United States from Somalia by way of Kenya in 1996. At that time, multilingualism was not encouraged for immigrant children like her. So she lost the ability to speak her native languages of Swahili and Somali. As an adult, my aunt realized her biggest regret was this loss of language. So she works to bridge the gap between educators and families to help immigrant children embrace their culture, at home and in schools.

  • caption: Fitsum Habtemichael in Khartoum, Sudan at age 22, five years after escaping the war in Ethiopia.

    At 17 my dad had to choose: leave his family to escape the war, or become a soldier

    My dad, Fitsum Habtemichael, was 17 years old when the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea began. He was given a choice: to escape and to live independently, leaving his family behind, or to remain and become a soldier. So he left. When he left home, my dad walked 15 days without food, surviving off of dirty water.

  • caption: Ruby Lee's grandma, mom, and great-aunts (from left: Andria Sueyoung Kim, Jackie Hyekoung Ro, Nancy Junghee Lee, Hae Ha Kwon, Eui Bun Lim, Haesook shin, and Sue Lim) during Korean New year in their hanboks, traditional Korean formal dresses.

    ‘History isn't one story.’ What my Korean family's immigration story taught me about my biracial identity

    I am Korean and Irish, which makes me biracial. My Irish family came to the U.S. a long time ago, but for my Korean side, coming to America is more recent history. My great-aunt Sue immigrated from Seoul, South Korea to Seattle when she was my age. She even graduated from Rainier Beach High School, where I'm a sophomore. I talked to her about her immigration story, and what it can teach me about my own racial identity.

  • caption: Karishma Vahora poses in a University of Washington sweatshirt in January 2019 when she was a sophomore at UW. Karishma is the first person in her family to go to college.

    ‘College is a way to survive.’ Advice from a first-gen college student

    Karishma Vahora is a senior at the University of Washington and the first person in her family to go to college. She is also my best friend's older sister. I will apply to college in a few years, so I asked Karishma about her experience navigating the college admissions process, and the lessons she learned along the way.

  • caption: Coltrane Fisher

    My friend’s in recovery. Music helped him survive

    My friend Coltrane Fisher is a 17-year-old musician and quite the character. As kids, we bonded over our similar love for music but drifted apart at the end of middle school as Coltrane started experimenting with hard drugs. By the beginning of high school, Coltrane went to rehab for opioids, among other drugs including alcohol.

  • caption: Lisa Chua (left) is a full-time homeschool mom to her two kids Emily and Anthony. 

Some high school students in Washington State are required to fulfill a 40-hour community service requirement. Here, Emily and Anthony are seen volunteering for Pacific Science Center’s guest services department. They enjoyed it so much that they ended up contributing over 200 hours each.

    From software engineer to full-time homeschool mom

    Some people may think that homeschooling is only for celebrities or the reclusively religious, but my family doesn’t fall into either category. After 10 years of homeschooling I’ve just graduated high school. I talked with my mom about why she gave up a career in software engineering to homeschool me and my brother.

  • caption: Row 1: Ruby Lee, Adar Abdi, Lyn Strober-Cohen and Kouther Ahmed. Row 2: Abdul Hameed, Sarah Pham, Jared Lam and Luis Hernandez Vargas. Row 3: Sam Habtemichael, Emily Chua, Hebaq Farah and Gabe Rambayon.

    Meet KUOW's Summer 2020 RadioActive youth producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media offered our 17th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. In our first ever all-virtual workshop, twelve teens, aged 15-19, spent three weeks learning what it means to be a radio journalist. They did all of the research, interviews, writing, voicing and editing to produce their own short radio stories from home. By the end of the three weeks, the group produced twelve profile stories.

  • caption: Gabe Rambayon with his teacher and basketball coach, Jeffrey Forbes Jr.

    My Federal Way teacher is a role model to students of color like me

    For students of color, having a teacher with the same race or ethnicity has shown to improve test scores and reduce the likeliness of disciplinary issues. Yet only 20% of educational leaders in the United States are people of color. Jeffrey Forbes Jr. is my teacher and basketball coach at Decatur High School in Federal Way. But more than that, he is my role model.