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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: Participants in RadioActive's 2020 Advanced Producers Workshop during an online meeting.

    RadioActive's 2020 through stories and photos by teens

    Even though we couldn't meet in person for most of the year, RadioActive Youth Media still worked with about 300 young people in 2020 - creating 29 original radio stories, podcasts, and photojournalism essays. If you missed any of these incredible perspectives from young people, catch up here.

  • caption: Camila

    I stayed sober through the pandemic

    Camila was 17, and four months sober when the pandemic started. She shared her struggles and triumphs through maintaining that progress with KUOW's Radioactive Youth Media program. https://www.kuow.org/stories/i-stayed-sober-through-the-pandemic

  • caption: A collage of images from the thirteen youth-produced stories featured in this RadioActive Youth Media showcase.

    'Still looking toward the future.' Stories by teens during the pandemic

    Teens in the Seattle area have been balancing the grief, loss, and uncertainty of 2020 with the ups and downs of high school. And that's what this hour of youth radio is all about. Join hosts Adar Abdi and Ruby Lee as they showcase 13 stories produced by teens during the pandemic. You'll hear from a teen musician in recovery from drug addiction and a high schooler who made the move from South Africa to SeaTac. All from RadioActive Youth Media.

  • 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.