Dayton Youth Radio Stories and perspectives from Southwestern Ohio high school students participating in WYSO's Dayton Youth Radio training program.
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Dayton Youth Radio


Stories and perspectives from Southwestern Ohio high school students participating in WYSO's Dayton Youth Radio training program.

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Butterfly: A Teenager Finds Transformation In Her Name

Our names - whether given or chosen - tell the world who we are. Today's youth radio producer Alex Folker from Stivers School of the Arts says that she changed her life simply by changing her name. Writing is really a passion of mine. I kind of have this system in the way that I write that I'm really picky about because I don't like people messing with it. I guess I'm pretty stubborn. When it comes to activities at my school, I'm not too open or outgoing about them. I haven't done a whole lot of

Cell Therapy: A Teenager Talks About Her Phone

Many of us, young and old, spend too much time on our smartphones. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we'll hear a teenager's perspective on living with and without her phone. Every child has one of those moments where their parent just looks at them like, Oh my God, I really signed up for this . It's trial and error, being a parent. So it was 2014. I believe I was in sixth or seventh grade. Like any other kid in my generation, I used my phone a lot. I was shy and always stayed to myself so my phone

If: A Teenager Talks About Mental Health And Hope

For African-American teenagers, suicide is the third leading cause of death, but many are afraid to seek help, let alone talk about it on the radio. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story that helps us understand what teenagers go through when they struggle with depression. It's from Thurgood Marshall STEM High School, and a note to listeners: this story addresses suicidal thoughts. My name is Masaad Patterson, and I'm an 18 year old senior student at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School.

Coming To America: A Teenager Ponders Immigration Policy

Many teenagers are concerned about the current political climate in the United States and the debate over immigration. Today we'll hear the perspective of a high school senior and his thoughts on immigrants coming to America. My name is Julian Newberry. I'm a 17 year old student living in Dayton and going to Thurgood Marshall STEM High School. Since a young age, I've always wanted to be a person in a position of power or control. I just want to be able to help other people. Like every child, I

Black Girl Manifesto: A Teenage Poet Testifies

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have the first story from a new class at Stivers School of the Arts. It's from a teenager, who's a poet and performance artist. This student has a lot to say, and she wants you to listen. Ignorance in this generation is not spread across everyone. My name is Toné Reddick, and I'm a 16-year-old from Long Island New York. I feel like everything I go through, I learn something that makes me love myself even more. Especially when I know how aware I am, when I know how

Pops: A Teenager Talks About His Grandfather

It is said that God couldn't be everywhere so she created grandparents. Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a high school basketball player who wanted to quit after a bad game. That's when someone he calls "Pops" stepped in. My name is Gabre. I'm 17, and I'm currently growing up in a single parent household. My mom is raising five of us. I've got four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. For as long as I can remember, my grandfather Marvin Jones and I have been very close. He

Pink: A Teacher Helps A Teenager Find His Artistic Talent

Sometimes we don't realize the impact that teachers have had on our lives. Today we'll hear from a student at James H. Ponitz Career Technology Center who says his fourth grade teacher inspired his lifelong passion for art and drawing. My name is James, and I know a lot about basketball. I know where the NBA players are from, stats, and the college where they went. But the main thing that everybody knows me from is drawing. People say, "Wow that's really nice. Did you draw that? You did a great

A Thesis On J. Cole: A Teenager Finds Inspiration In Music

Bob Dylan, the Clash and many other musicians resonated with the teenagers of their eras, and today's teens have their own artists whose music inspires and heals. Today's Dayton Youth Radio producer tells us how J. Cole's music inspired him during a tough time in his life. My name is Max Lightcap. I'm 18, a senior at Centerville High School. There are some things that have happened to me that many of my friends don't know about. Ever since my early youth, it's just been me, my dad, and my sister

This Sporting Life: A Teenage Athlete Talks Football

Football is a team game. But every player has a story. In preparation for Super Bowl Sunday, we have a Dayton Youth Radio story about football from a teenage athlete's perspective. Centerville High School student Josh Zientko talks to his friend Drew Schimmel about life on the field. My name's Josh Zientko. I'm 17 years old, and I go to Centerville High School. I play football; I'm varsity number 38. My story is about the time that I really just didn't want to play football anymore. I was kind

The Remedy: A Teenager Reflects On Illness And Friendship

Things shrink when a person is sick. They're in the house, in their bedroom or maybe even a hospital bed, but today's Dayton Youth Radio student learned that living in a small world has given him wide dreams. Growing up, I've spent all of my time invested in school and my studies. For my family I was always forced to complete any homework right after school and to place education above all else. I've even received acceptance for a couple of full ride college scholarships, but none of it has been

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