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.

In this month's Healthy is the New Happy, Natasha Lucer0-Conklin and Brianda Cervantes spoke with Fernanda Gomez Landa and Miguel Rosales Tejada from Glenwood Springs High School about what it's like to be a high school student during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AZYEP Youth News Team on Mental Wellness During COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020

This month, the Andy Zanca Youth News Team interviewed two community members on Mental Wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Annemarie Zanca, the founder of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, and Amanda Pearson, the Program Director of FocusedKids, offer advice on how to stay mentally healthy amongst uncertainty and isolation. 

'We Are What We Imagine' by David Good

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the Lives essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object. One recording is inspired by N. Scott Momoday’s memoir, ​The Way to Rainy Mountain​.

'Between Uganda and Yemen' by Sachari

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'Fall Leaves' by Juliana

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'All Minorities Should be Heard' by Jeysel

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'Creativity and Connection' by Dean

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'My Experience During Covid-19' by Jack

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'Mt. Elbert' by Julia

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'Third Lap' by Talon

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

'Noodle Time' by Joy

Nov 12, 2020

Students in Ms. McCracken’s English classes at Roaring Fork High School were asked to write personal essays that explore who they are and what they think is important. Students wrote anecdotes modeled on the 'Lives' essays published by the ​New York Times​, explored what their experience during the pandemic has taught them about themselves and each other, and revealed something about themselves by describing their connection to a meaningful object.

AZYEP Presents: Best of the 20th Anniversary

Nov 9, 2020

This year was the 20th anniversary of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. During our celebration earlier this month, we didn't have enough time to air all of the incredible interviews we captured with students and alumni. Tune in here and listen to some of the highlights and never-before aired testimonials. 

GSHS Student Discusses First-Time Voting

Nov 2, 2020

AZYEP's Halle Zander talks with Glenwood Springs High School student, Sophia about her perspective being a first-time voter. 

Sixth grade students at Aspen Middle School research and debate Proposition 114 which would require the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to create a plan to reintroduce and manage gray wolves on designated lands west of the continental divide by the end of 2023.

Dimensions in Diversity with YouthZone's Rami El Gharib

Nov 2, 2020

In this month's Dimensions in Diversity on the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, Steve Mills interviews Rami El Gharib from YouthZone about Restorative Justice practices and growing up in Beirut, Lebanon as an LGBTQ+ teen. 

Andy Zanca's Archives on KDNK

Oct 29, 2020

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program recently converted Andy Zanca's taped radio shows into digital archives that were shared during their 20th Anniversary Celebration. Take a listen to highlights from the beginning of youth radio on KDNK.

Healthy is the New Happy: Debunking COVID-19 Myths

Oct 26, 2020

Healthy is the New Happy hosts Natasha Lucero-Conklin and Brianda Cervantes interview RFSD school nurse Yvette Blanc to debunk some of the COVID-19 myths. Tune in to learn more about how schools are helping students stay safe and healthy as they return to in-person learning models. 

AZYEP Youth News Team Conducts COVID Community Check In

Oct 19, 2020

The Andy Zanca Youth News Team checked in with Robin Humble, Mike Schneider, Mary Hernandez, who are teachers and small business owners in the Roaring Fork Valley about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and their industries. 

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program hosted LET THEM ROAR during their 20th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 11th. The AZYEP news team and youth DJs present and interview LTR throughout their musical performance. 

AZYEP celebrated its 20 anniversary on Sunday, October 11th. Students, alumi, past directors, supporters and staff present stories and testimonials about the history and impact of youth radio. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Student Testimonials

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP Project Coordinator, Halle Zander talks with current students participating in the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Youth Radio Supporters

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP youth radio supporters, Steve Skinner, Raleigh Burleigh, and more talk with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander about the reasons they appreciate kids on the radio. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Alumni Voices Part 2

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP Alumi, Adele Craft, Megan Webber and Seth Plush discuss the impact youth radio has in their live with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Alumni Voices Part 1

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP alumin speak with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander about their experiences with youth radio.

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Directors Panel

Oct 14, 2020

Past AZYEP Directors Annemarie Zanca, Felicia (Flash) Trevor, Stacy Stein and current director, Beth Wysong sat down to discuss the history of youth radio and the impact it makes in the life of kids. 

AZYEP participants, Ether and Vanessa speak about their experiences with youth radio during the 20th anniversary celebration. 

AZYEP participant, Lily Webber sings two songs to pay tribute to her uncle, Andy Zanca during the 20th anniversary celebration. 

AZYEP founder, Annemarie Zanca speaks about the beginning of youth radio and what inspired her to start the program in 2000.

AZYEP participant, Mountain Maes speaks about the impact of youth radio during the 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

AZYEP high school senior Liliana Santos Candela speaks about youth radio during the 20th anniversary broadcast. 

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