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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
  • Hosts Sarah Fedishen of the Aspen Hope Center and Zenobia Todd, AZYEP intern, talk with licensed social worker Patti Present about mental health amongst teens and children in the Roaring Fork Valley. Patti draws from her many years of experience as an educator and social worker.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program interns Esmeralda Alverde Duarte and Zenobia Todd talk with guests Erin Loftus and Molly DeMarr of Challenge Aspen. They discuss outdoor recreation, inclusivity, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
  • AZYEP Intern, Esmeralda, talks with participants at the 2023 AspenOUT Gay Ski Week Youth Skating Party. Student and adult attendees reflect on why Gay Ski Week is an important event and offer messages of hope for LGBTQAI+ youth.
  • For this episode of "When I Grow Up," middle school students from Ross Montessori School partnered with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program to learn about the career of a fencing coach. They interviewed Roaring Fork Fencers Club head coach Greg Domashovetz and student fencer, Faye.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program intern, Blake Petersen, talks with Jessi Rochel and Anna Morgan-Palardy of the Chris Klug Foundation. They discuss the importance of education and awareness about eye, organ, and tissue donation.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program intern, Esmeralda, hosts Will Hodges of 350 Colorado for a conversation about environmental activism, youth involvement, and local issues.
  • Glenwood Springs High School senior, Ruby Maurer, shares her senior capstone project on KDNK. Ruby performs radio improv with four of her fellow students. They discuss the capstone project, improv basics, embarrassing stories, and more.
  • Beth Wysong and Adele Craft, Executive Director and Program Manager of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program talk about program highlights for 2022 and look forward to 2023.
  • Third grade students at Sopris Elementary School studied how kids in other countries travel to school and get books. Here, students discuss how they get books. / Los estudiantes de tercer grado de la Escuela Primaria Sopris estudiaron cómo los niños de otros países viajan a la escuela y obtienen libros. Aquí, los estudiantes discuten cómo obtienen los libros.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program's Adele Craft speaks with Brain Garden show host and founder of Cainegel's Connection Foundation. They talk about Jenell's organization, Brain Garden, loss, mental wellness, and messages of hope going into 2023.