Youth panelists to discuss high school and beyond |

Youth panelists to discuss high school and beyond

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) and community radio station KDNK sponsor a youth panel discussion where students will share their concerns about their high school education and the social and global issues that they face beyond their classrooms.

The public is invited to participate in the conversation, taking place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will also be broadcast live from 6-7 p.m. on KDNK (88.1, 88.3, 88.5 FM, and streaming live at

“Student representatives from five area high schools will discuss the effectiveness of high school in preparing youth for a challenging future, how youth can currently make a difference in the world, and which social issues pose the greatest obstacles in the lives of high school students,” AZYEP director Stacy Stein said in a news release.

“The youth panel will explore what’s working, what does not and where do we go from here to create schools and communities that lift up and empower youth to embrace the challenges, both present and future,” she said.

Stein noted that, while educators have been demanding reforms in public schools for decades, youth often wonder “what is high school preparing me for anyway?”

“High school is the center for most teens’ social experimentation, academic endeavors, and extracurricular accomplishments,” she said. “Youth are also often impressed by and overwhelmed with a world of large issues. This world will soon be theirs to deal with, whether they’re prepared or not.”

The event is free, but donations to support youth radio broadcast education will be accepted at the door.

AZYEP partners with local school districts to offer a radio broadcasting class to high school students. Working with KDNK, students also broadcast live youth radio programs on the air each week in both English and Spanish.

For more information, visit and click on Youth Radio.

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