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Support Youth Radio
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
With your help, we are able to empower dozens of students each year by teaching them how to be radio announcers. They broadcast programs on KDNK and increase their self-esteem and 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 15 teachers at 10 local schools to partner and create radio projects. In 2014, 360 students shared stories, poems, documentaries and more in these classroom collaborations.
Listen to our 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!
Tune Into 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.
The 3rd Wednesday of each month: Youth public affairs show, 4-5 p.m.
Thursday nights 7:00-9:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Beth Wysong, at 963-0139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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
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 15 years, our program has continued to provide transformational experiences for over 1,200 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...
- Offer weekly high school radio broadcasting classes where students learn marketable, technical and journalism skills.
- Partner with local teachers to broadcast projects students create in partnership with schools.
- Provide five hours of youth broadcasting at KDNK weekly in both English and Spanish.
- Distribute media content to community audiences, helping to bring local awareness to important youth issues and perspectives.
- Maintain access to production and broadcasting equipment at KDNK.
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:
-Underwriting radio broadcasts
-Sponsor a Student
-Participation 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 email@example.com.
High School Class
AZYEP partners with KDNK Community Radio to teach a high school radio broadcasting class available to students from Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Bridges, CRMS, Glenwood Springs and Yampah Mountian high schools.
The class meets Wednesday afternoons throughout the school year. The class utilizes production and broadcasting equipment at KDNK. Students learn marketable, technical and journalism skills and create a vibrant public affairs radio programs throughout the semester.
Students recieve credit towards graduation and create an audio resume.
Tune in to KDNK the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. to hear radio broadcasting students discussing issues important to them. You can listen to the programs on our website by clicking on the links to the right.
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 in Spanish from 7-9 (MST).
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.
For more information or to get involved in the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, please call Stacy Stein, Executive Director at 963-0139.
Youth Discuss Diversity
The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program presented our first Youth Divrsity Panel on September 30, 2009 at Roaring Fork High School. Students discussed racism in the classroom and in the community. Overall, the panel felt like there is not a lot of racism or discrimination in schools. They feel there is more segregation in the community. Actually, it's the older generations they feel have more issues with people from different backgrounds. Students feel like their generation is more accepting of people from other cultures because they have been going to school together since they were young.
You can watch the Youth Panel online thanks to Grassroots TV.
The Youth Panel introduction can be viewed on You Tube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddshO7ZRqik