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AZYEP POD
Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program
Sundays 2:00-4:00pm, Mondays 2:00-4:30pm, & Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm

AZYEP empowers youth from diverse backgrounds to express themselves, build self-confidence, and develop leadership skills through community broadcasting. AZYEP offers an inclusive, safe space for students to discover and use their voice. We facilitate learning opportunities through four programs on KDNK: live music broadcast, public affairs, youth news team and classroom collaborations.

Latest Episodes
  • 7th and 8th grade students from Ross Montessori School partnered with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program to interview Carbondale band, The Red Hill Rollers. They talk about musical inspirations and having a career in music.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program intern, Esmeralda Alverde Duarte, talks with Casey Piscura from Seed Peace. They discuss regenerative agriculture, sustainability, and farming for the future in the Roaring Fork Valley.
  • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program's Program Manager, Adele Craft, sits down with Amanda Petersen, the Executive Director of Focused Kids. They talk about mental health, wellness strategies, and self regulation skills.
  • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program's Program Manager, Adele Craft, sits down with Kaleb Cook, board member for PFLAG Roaring Fork. They talk about the mission of the organization, ways to bring more inclusivity and equity for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to the Roaring Fork Valley, and upcoming events.
  • The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program's program manager, Adele Craft, talks with Maribel Obreque and Jill Pidcock from the Arc of the Central Mountains. They discuss inclusivity and programs for individuals with disabilities in our community.
  • Students from Riverside Middle School in New Castle worked with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program to write and record original monologues.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program intern, Zenobia Todd talks with 2022 Colorado Teacher of the Year, Autumn Rivera. They discuss what it means to be Teacher of the Year, rural education, community building, equity, and mental health.
  • Host James Steindler talks with college freshman Marlo Bowman about what it is like a be a part of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Roaring Fork Valley as a young person today and a young person 20 years ago. They also discuss the importance of GSAs (Gender Sexuality Alliance) in schools. Support for this show comes from AspenOUT.
  • Students from the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program's middle school summer workshop "Carbondale Staycation" share their final project: a radio travel guide for Carbondale. Students highlight favorite places to visit and things to do in town. We also hear from AZYEP DJ and student intern Andy B., and Aly Sanguily reflecting on this year's Mountain Fair.
  • Student interns from the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program partnered with EcoFlight and the Aspen Youth Center to fly over the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys. They learned about the importance of these waterways and conservation strategies. Come along with us on the flight, hear student interviews, and a conversation with Michaela Idhammar-Ketpura from AYC and Lea Linse from EcoFlight.