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Stories produced by students participating in our youth media program. Learn more about the intensive, fun and free introductory radio journalism workshops we offer throughout the year. 

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  • caption: Girls Court Judge, the Honorable Melissa Hemstreet, sits in the courtroom after a Girls Court session.

    Inside Girls Court, Washington State’s first therapeutic court model for girls

    Over the past two decades, while juvenile incarceration rates have been decreasing, rates of incarcerated girls have either stayed the same, or increased. In response, the Kitsap County Girls Court opened in June 2019 as Washington State’s first court system providing service just for girls. A few months ago, RadioActive's Lila Shroff went to see Girls Court in action.

  • caption: Hair maintenance has grown lax during the coronavirus pandemic... and those in Gen Z tell us not to sweat it.

    Take a lesson from Gen Z: Let your body hair grow

    In the time of Covid-19, our hairstylists, waxers and threaders aren’t available to keep us looking fresh. Many of us are trying to figure out what to do about our body hair as our hair continues to grow and grow ... and grow. The younger generation doesn’t seem to mind.

  • caption: Elise Cresswell is a reporter searching for a big story. When she meets a scorned cowboy, she thinks she's found it. But like any good story, it doesn't end the way she expects.

    Spurned. A podcast about an outcast cowboy

    Elise Cresswell is a reporter searching for a big story. When she meets a scorned "cowboy," she thinks she's found it. But like any good story, it doesn't end the way she expects...

  • caption: Hosts Asemayet "Mimi" Zekaryas and Essey Paulos pose for a photo on Zoom. As many schools switch to online learning due to Covid-19, some students thrive while others fall behind. How does inequities in school funding play a part in these disparities, and which students are the most vulnerable?

    For students of color, Covid-19 reveals deep inequities in Seattle area schools

    High school looks different this year for most students: classes on Zoom, drive-through graduations, social distance birthday parties, skipped proms. But some students have more pressing worries as classes move online. How do you make the switch to online learning when you don’t have wifi at home? RadioActive’s Mimi Zekaryas and Essey Paulos look at the education gaps between white students and students of color, as well as schools in wealthy areas and those where most students come from low-income households.

  • caption: An empty hallway at Garfield High School in Seattle. On April 6th, Governor Jay Inslee announced that school buildings will be closed for the rest of the academic year in Washington State. In the Mercer Island School District, classes resumed online for most students on April 13th. But for some, especially students with disabilities, that won't be enough.

    'It's a civil rights issue.' Special education in the midst of a pandemic

    As a Mercer Island High School senior, RadioActive's Meghana Kakubal worried that school closures would make it difficult for her to graduate on time. She wasn't worried about finishing her course work, though, because she knew it would continue online. Unfortunately, many students with disabilities won't be able to transition to online courses so easily. Christine Kenyon, a special education teacher at Mercer Island High School, worries that her students’ education will be completely disrupted by the closure.

  • caption: RadioActive Advanced Producers pose for a group photo in front of the RadioActive Youth Media logo on May 5, 2019.

    That’s a wrap! RadioActive’s 2019 podcast season

    In 2019 RadioActive Youth Media worked with about 750 teens and tweens through our Intro, Advanced, and Community workshop programs. These young people produced 23 full-length feature radio stories, along with dozens of short radio stories and podcasts. Young people's voices and perspectives are not heard enough in the media - that's why RadioActive exists. Missed some of this year's incredible feature stories? Give them all a listen here.

  • caption: A wedding ceremony at Eritrean Kidisti Selassie, an Eritrean Catholic church in Seattle. During a wedding, Eritreans from across the United States come to pray together and wish the couple good blessings.

    How faith defines a family — and in my case, divides it

    When my dad immigrated to Seattle from Eritrea, the Eritrean Catholic church became his new community. He goes to mass every Sunday. There, he sings in Tigrinya, his native tongue, and prays to God. As a first generation Eritrean American, I feel the duty to keep our traditions, language and culture alive. But the church has never completely felt like my own. And my brother no longer attends church. How can I protect my community while staying true to myself? And how can my brother and father bridge this gap between them?