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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: A group of graduates at an Ada Developers Academy graduation event.

    This developers academy welcomes non-tech bros to the industry

    In 2020, only about a quarter of professional computing jobs in the United States were held by women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. One Seattle group is trying to change that and ensure women, people of color, and gender-diverse people are able to show up as themselves in this industry.

  • caption: The author, Antonio Nevarez.

    How the pandemic gave me courage to explore my feminine side

    Away from school hallways and cafeterias, some young people took time during quarantine to explore their identities. That was the case for RadioActive youth producer Antonio Nevarez, who wanted to know why understandings of masculinity seem so limiting.

  • caption: A page from Rachel's book "Denali nole Tsataga (Tom and the Chickens)."

    'We're trying to save who we are': The Kituwah language is endangered, but my sister and our elders keep it alive

    Indigenous languages are under threat. In 2019, there were only about 2,000 Cherokee speakers left, with the vast majority of remaining speakers over the age of 70. RadioActive youth reporter Jared Lam talks to his sister, Rachel Lam, who has been learning an Indigenous language commonly known as Cherokee. She is working on a children's book to help younger generations learn the language.

  • caption: A drawing by the young wolf.

    RadioActive: A young wolf shares their story

    “A lot of people don’t know me as my wolf self. But that’s only because I like to keep it a secret.” An 11-year-old shares their special connection to wolves in this creative audio piece.

  • RA What I heard when I returned to school

    What I heard when I returned to school

    Many students are going back to school for in-person learning. RadioActive youth producer Charlotte Engrav is one of them. She feels mixed emotions. In this creative audio diary told entirely through sound, she shares her experience with anxiety during school after over a year of virtual classes.

  • RA Fantasy Books Inclusive

    Fantasy books are my escape, but I wish the genre was more inclusive

    Adar Abdi is a White Center teenager with a passion for fantasy. She gravitated to fantasy novels as an escape from reality, into worlds without racism or sexism. But as she continued to read, she found more messages — subtle and overt — that brought the same issues she tried to avoid to the forefront. This piece is an imagined confrontation between Adar and a fantasy writer.

  • RA Lucas Galarneau Graphic Internet

    The good, the bad, and the internet: Teens on growing up online

    If Facebook were a person, it would be older than most RadioActivians. This audio piece explores what it's like to grow up online for four teenagers — from falling in love to facing trolls — and blends nonfiction interviews with an imagined main character: the Internet.

  • caption: Row 1: Khassim Diakhate, Kemijah Slaughter, Adrian Guerra, Najuma Abadir, and Lily Turner. Row 2: Ramell Beecher, Alayna Ly, Colin Yuen, Rahmah Abdulazeez, and Leila M’baye. Row 3: Zana Stewart, Josie Gonzalez, Muhammad Tunkara, Eva Solorio, and Jennifer Nguyen.

    Meet KUOW's summer 2021 RadioActive youth producers

    KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer our 18th annual summer introductory workshop for teens. In our second all-virtual workshop, fifteen teens, aged 15-18, will spend four weeks learning about radio journalism and audio storytelling.

  • caption: Talking about mental health in the Somali community is hard. There's a stigma — especially around seeking professional help. But mental health is something that many in the Somali community struggle with.

    'You can go to the Imam and the therapist.' Mental health in my Somali community

    Talking about mental health in the Somali community is hard. There's a stigma — especially around seeking professional help. But mental health is something that many in the Somali community struggle with. RadioActive youth producer Kouther Ahmed shares a story from her community about why it's important to talk about your mental health.

  • caption: Three teens get ready to record an interview in the library at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center during a RadioActive podcasting workshop on April 15, 2021.

    'They can never lock your mind up.' Three stories from juvenile jail

    Seven teens joined RadioActive for a two-day virtual podcasting workshop at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhood. The teens produced three audio stories about their experiences with incarceration.