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caption: A collage of images from the thirteen youth-produced stories featured in this RadioActive Youth Media showcase.
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A collage of images from the thirteen youth-produced stories featured in this RadioActive Youth Media showcase.
Credit: KUOW Photo / Kelsey Kupferer

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

Everything changed on March 11, 2020.

That's when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee started closing schools across the state to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Since then, teens in the Seattle area have been balancing the grief, loss, and uncertainty of 2020 with the ups and downs of being in high school. And that's what this hour of youth radio is all about.

In this special episode of the RadioActive podcast, hosts Adar Abdi and Ruby Lee showcase 13 stories produced by young people during the coronavirus pandemic. Simone St. Pierre Nelson was the show's producer.

This show features stories made by teens in RadioActive Youth Media's long-running intro and advanced producer workshops. For the first time this year, both workshops were held virtually. Everything you hear in this showcase is not only youth-produced, but also produced remotely, with each youth producer recording from home.

The stories featured in this showcase can be found at the links below.

caption: Adar Abdi (left) and Ruby Lee host this RadioActive Youth Media showcase. The two say the loneliness and uncertainty of the pandemic can feel like being lost in space.
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Adar Abdi (left) and Ruby Lee host this RadioActive Youth Media showcase. The two say the loneliness and uncertainty of the pandemic can feel like being lost in space.
Credit: Photo illustration by Kelsey Kupferer

Stories about family:

Stories about school and education:

Stories about personal growth and self-discovery:

These stories were created in KUOW's RadioActive Online Radio Journalism workshop for 15- to 18-year-olds and advanced producers workshop for teenagers.

All audio for these stories was collected following CDC safety guidelines during Covid-19.

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Support for KUOW's RadioActive comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center.