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Insert Smile Emoji: A Teenager Talks Faith And Family

Sometimes faith is as simple as sitting down and talking. Today's Dayton Youth Radio brings us the story of a father and son who did that. And then, the son Andrew Ward wrote about it. My mom kicked my dad out April 27, 2017. My father was an alcoholic for most of my life; he would come home from work and drink beer and rum until he passed out. My mother told my dad he had to complete 90 AA meetings in 90 days. He loved his family and is well respected by the community. However, he couldn't

Finding Dimes: A Teenager Strives To Learn More About His Parents

There's school learning, and then there's life learning. And that is what happened when Jack Long sat down to talk to his family for Dayton Youth Radio. All high school seniors go through a discovery period. We're about to leave the home we grew up in and the people that surrounded us for eighteen years. So, we instinctively reflect back on our family and our parents. We want to know those crazy stories. We want to know those details that make our parents unique. You might find out that your dad

Sanctuary: A Teenager Talks About Her Room

If you're lucky, you had your own room growing up, a place of refuge and retreat. Today, we have a portrait of a teenager's room. No pictures just words from Rachel Kahler, a student from Bellbrook High School. My room is a qualifiable mess. There are piles of clothes and books and college material everywhere. My dad Bart, I think, hates my room more than he lets on because it's so messy. When I ask him what he doesn't like, he says, "The clutter, the piles of stuff.." But he also says that

Singing My National Anthem: A Teenager Confronts Anxiety

Growing up, for many young people, involves a little fear. But for some teenagers, fears can become so great that it becomes hard to have even a little fun. That's the subject of today's Dayton Youth Radio, the first story from our newest class of young radio producers . They are students at Bellbrook High School.

Mental Wealth: A Teenager Talks About Depression

Many students hide depression and at times, they don't know the signs. Dayton Youth Radio producer Andrew Marrero decided he wanted to explore his struggle with depression and has our essay for today. My name is Andrew Marrero, and I am a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Music has been what's driven me my entire life. That's something I want to do. I want to write my own music, I want to produce my own music. I want to make my mark on the world through music. I grew up in a very loving

No Country For Teenage Brides: A Young Immigrant Balances Cultures

There's a large Turkish refugee community in Dayton, some were exiled from Russia several years ago. For today's Dayton Youth Radio producer, balancing the old traditions with the new is doable. Until one family, a big one, showed up for tea. My name is Miriam. I am 17 years old. I go to Stivers School for the Arts. I was born in Russia, raised in the US. Many immigrant families know how difficult it is to grow up in America. I had a tough time learning English because I spoke Turkish fluently.

Romans Vs. Migos: A Teenager Talks Religion And Hip Hop

In the Bible's book of Romans, apostle Paul talks about the struggle, between his spiritual life and the desires of his earthly body. Children raised in a religious home often face challenges to their beliefs as they become teenagers. Today's Dayton Youth Radio story from DaMarion Spencer helps us remember that even Jesus and the disciples were teenagers. I play multiple positions in baseball like second base and pitcher. I love music, and I'm a very religious teenager. I want other teens to

The Grimm Reader: A Teenager Talks About The Stories That Shape Us

Most of us know our culture's classic myths and fairytales about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Little Red Riding Hood: But how does it feel when a young person learns the truth about the stories handed down from generation to generation. This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll find out from one teenager who has some strong feelings about how parents lovingly mislead their kids. My name is Malina Hampshire, and I am 16 years old. My favorite color is blue; the color blue is like way better than

First Aid: A Teenager Talks About Being The Daughter Of A Firefighter

Firefighters have two families, the one that they run into burning buildings with and the one that waits for them at home. As Dayton Youth Radio contributors work on these stories, they sometimes interview their parents, and this is the center of Lillian Ferguson's story; a rainy night, and a bad accident that her father responded to. I never really worried about my dad when I was little. Everyone thought I was so cool with my dad being a firefighter. He sees dead people every day, sees people

First Aid: A Teenager Talks About Being The Daughter Of A Firefighter

The Ties That Bind: A Teenager Talks About Marriage And Divorce

Young writers are often advised to "write what you know," and we've found that the young people of Dayton Youth Radio do just that. In the beginning of our radio class, project coordinator Basim Blunt holds a microphone and tells the students that they can ask anyone anything. Today, Centerville High School student Camrin O'Flaherty asks her mom for some answers. My name is Camrin O'Flaherty. I am 17 years old from Centerville, Ohio. I wanted to show parents what your children are going through

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