The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, Youth Radio on KDNK

Support the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program

Click here to make a donation to the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program.
You can also mail a check to AZYEP, P.O. Box 1945, Carbondale, CO 81623

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) is an independent non-profit organization. We believe youth have an important voice and the community needs opportunities to listen.  AZYEP partners with KDNK to teach youth radio broadcasting.

With your help, AZYEP empowers dozens of students each year by teaching them how to be radio announcers. They broadcast programs on KDNK and increase their self-esteem, confidence in using their voice and comfort public speaking skills by expressing themselves through music, hosting interviews, giving shout-outs and having candid conversations on the microphones.

AZYEP also partners with over 20 teachers at 10 local schools to partner and create radio projects. In 2015, over 400 students shared stories, poems, documentaries and more in these classroom collaborations.

Listen to AZYEP's Youth News Programs

Click here to listen to our monthly youth news programs. The third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:00 pm, we broadcast a youth public affairs program. Help us spread the word about the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program by rating our podcast. Go to the iTunes store and search for Andy Zanca. Subscribe today!

Listen to AZYEP, Youth Radio On KDNK

Listen to local youth ages 8-19 broadcast on KDNK Carbondale Community Access Radio!

Sunday afternoons 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Monday afternoons 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday nights 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The 3rd Wednesday of each month: Youth News Show, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Beth Wysong, at 963-0139 or beth at azyep dot org.

Youth Testimonials

"The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program has helped me be less shy - shout out to the world on the radio! I have learned a lot about music and our community and I love doing radio shows. I think teens are judged and ignored because of stereotypes and the way some teens have acted. Being on the radio gives us a chance to share our thoughts and put ourselves out there in a way that more people might consider listening."
– Chloe, age 14

"I am getting involved with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program because I want to try something fun that I've never tried before where I can work with other people on creative projects and maybe even make an impact on the community. It is important for the community to hear from young people because it's a whole different perspective that a lot of people may not have a chance to hear"
– Nick, age 18

"Being on the radio has helped me talk more confidently in front of people. I am learning about something that might become a career. It is important to listen when young people speak their mind."
– Miles, age 10

"The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program has helped me find something that I love – playing music over the air. I think that it is important for adults to realize that the whole world isn't all about adults and that children should have a voice."
– Callum, age 11

"I am involved with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program because I want to learn what radio is all about. I want to learn what makes a good story and how to produce it. With the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, I will learn how to share what I find important. The young people of this community have a completely fresh and unjaded perspective, and that's hard to come by. To hear youth on the radio is an inspiration for my own confidence, creativity and awareness."
– Cleo, age 19

"I am involved with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program because I want to share new music and a youth perspective on world events over the radio. I am excited to be involved with community media and be a voice in the public radio scene, whether sharing my favorite music or my perspective on the goings-on of the world around me. Youth can give a fresh view on the world as we're still being educated and what's happening in the world has a greater effect on our future than anyone else's. Youth have the energy to be fully involved with events in the community and in addition to being able to share a fresh perspective on these events, can take up leadership roles in forming their outcomes."
– Lucien, age 18

"The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program gives young people a chance to speak out. It has helped me feel good about myself and have good conversations with other people."
– Kiki, age 10

"The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program has helped me by letting me be less embarrassed speaking to people. I am so honored I have this amazing opportunity, it allows me to have a lot of fun and it makes me feel good about myself. This program proves young people are strong and can be very good communicating on the radio."
– Tyler, age 10

"The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program has helped me improve how I speak with an audience and it is a great way to connect with my community. In my perspective, it's a good thing to hear what young people think because we are the new tomorrow and the future for Carbondale and the world."
– Zamira, age 14

Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program

Andy Zanca and Cody Swidler broadcasting on KDNK in 1986
Andy Zanca and Cody Swidler broadcasting on KDNK in 1986

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) develops leadership, multiculturalism and identity by providing training and opportunity to youth in community broadcasting. AZYEP gives voice to youth ideas, experiences and events.

Over the past 16 years, our program has continued to provide transformational experiences for over 2,000 local youth, providing them with access to media education, broadcast journalism, technical training and production activities. While public schools struggle to provide education in the creative arts, technology, and communication, AZYEP develops communication skills, technical skills, creativity and professionalism. Most importantly, AZYEP develops self-confidence by engaging our youth, ages 8 to 21, in local and global issues, weekly live broadcasts, community interview projects, and relevant journalism.

AZYEP positively impacts young peoples’ sense of self importance, voice, and their vital role in civic society. AZYEP helps young people cultivate the confidence, strength, and voice needed to engage successfully through adolescence and beyond.

Since 2000, AZYEP has provided quality media education and youth broadcasting. Our program strengthens life skills, motivates high school graduation, supports higher education goals and prepares participants for careers in the 21st century.  Your donation will help AZYEP reach many more youth who have something to say, but still need the opportunity, encouragement, and skills to share it.

Your donation helps the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program to...

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program is an independent non-profit organization that partners with KDNK to provide listeners with excellent youth radio. All AZYEP services are free to our students, of whom 70 percent are from minority groups. Your donation helps AZYEP continue to empower youth to share their thoughts, perspectives and stories on air and touch the lives of KDNK listeners.

Ways of giving:

-Sponsor AZYEP programs
-Make a donation
-Participate on our Board of Directors

In order to donate or to get involved with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, please contact Stacy Stein, Executive Director at 963-0139 or stacy@azyep.org.

AZYEP PROGRAMS

Weekly Youth Radio Programs

Tune into KDNK to hear our youth radio programs. AZYEP broadcasts in English on Sunday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 and on Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30.
On Thursday nights, we broadcast from 7-9 (MST).

Classroom Partnerships

AZYEP partners with teachers throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to give students to opportunity to share what they are learning in school with the greater community.

Monthly Youth News Programs

The third Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:00 p.m., AZYEP broadcasts a youth news show. AZYEP participants decide the topics, who to interview and what questions to ask. Our collection of Youth News Shows is available by clicking here.

Peer Mentor Program

AZYEP offers opportunities for experienced youth announcers to take their skills to the next level by becomming a mentor for new and younger students. AZYEP Peer Mentors work one-on-one with students to teach them how to prepare, host and engineer a professional-sounding radio show.

Summer Camp

AZYEP offers a week-long summer camp for middle school aged students. The camp offers opportunities to explore music, learn how to engineer and host radio programs, interview community members and/or musicians and produce prerecorded public service announcements.

For more information or to get involved in the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, please contact Beth Wysong, Program Director at (970) 963-0139 or beth at azyep dot org.

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