Youth News

Youth News Initiative 2011 Broadcast Schedule

Annika Williamson – Skin Tone and Media
Annika looks at popular images and assumptions about skin color and beauty.

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During the 2011-2012 school year, four high school students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School worked as interns at KFAI. During their time here, each produced a radio story.

Also during the 2011-2012 KFAI held an after-school youth media program at Cristo Rey, called The REELness. The teens involved produced radio pieces and a video.

Listen to youth radio pieces addressing fatherhood, bullying, beauty standards, identity & the LGBT community, the foster care system and racism.

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During the summer of 2012 students in KFAI’s Youth News Initiative program produced radio pieces about stories important to them. The topics ranged from stop and frisk policies in Minneapolis to a male perspective on abortion. Students produced their pieces with the help of YNI supervisors Dale Connelly and Emily Krumberger and their individual mentors.

From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:, Simone Fuller is 16 years old and lives in Minneapolis. Simone’s story explores how she ended up attending Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. She looks at what makes Cristo Rey unique among high schools and the opportunities the school has given to students like herself.


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From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:, Annika Williamson, who is 14 years old and lives in Brooklyn Center, focuses on the media’s perception and influence on the meaning of beauty and how that affects teens.


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Stephanie Perry, a student at the Interdistrict Downtown School, investigates the impact of Bratz Dolls on young girls’ and teenagers’perception of body image.

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St. Paul Central High School’s Central Touring Theater (CTT) has been creating original social justice theater for more than three decades. At CTT, juniors and seniors become teachers, and theater to present important issues that resonate in their lives, including racsim, sexism, depression and abuse.

Last spring the group took its play, Training Day: The Battles We Face, on the road—performing and leading workshops at schools locally and nationally. The high-energy show incorporates singing, dancing and hip hop to entertain and enlighten, confronting struggles that students face in and out of the classroom.

This week MinneCulture presents an excerpt from Training Day: The Battles We Face, with commentary by CTT founder Jan Mandell, and teaching partner Emily Gill. This Live from Minnesota segment airs Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm, and was produced for KFAI by Daniel Zamzow.

From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:, Olay Redden is 16 years old and lives in Minneapolis. Her story looks at the different rites of passage people must go through across a variety of cultures.


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From the 2009 KFAI Youth News Initiative:, Danielle Jenkins is 17 years old and lives in Minneapolis. Her story tackles the nature of gun violence today, particularly in North Minneapolis. She will examine the transition from the fist-fight days of “put up ya dukes” to that of cold-steel guns and “please don’t shoot.”


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Elizabeth Huncovsky of Minneapolis focuses on a system called the pipeline to prison. This system explains why men of color are more likely to be incarcerated, involved with violence, and belong to a gang.

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