Facing Poverty Pt. 2

Photo by HowardLake, FlickrAs the second installment of Youth Media Project’s Facing Poverty Series, students explored international experiences of poverty alongside local experiences of poverty. Segments range from students at United World College to students at YouthWorks! about diverse topics such as drug addiction and poverty, differences between growing up poor in New and Old Mexico and much more. Hosts Max Kalyani and Sayra Olivares help listeners understand the complexities of each intense and profound personal story. Take a listen!

Facing Poverty Pt. 1

Photo of Milagro, YouthWorksIn the first installment of our special Facing Poverty Series, Youth Media Project focused on the expectations and stereotypes society, our families, our teachers and other institutions place on youth who have dropped out of school or been incarcerated. Working exclusively with a local non-profit, YouthWorks!, YMP created this heartfelt and intense show that details the lives of many students now on the path towards gaining their GEDs after overcoming many many hardships. Please lend your ears to these often overlooked and unheard stories.

Fashion and Beauty

In this edition of Audio Revolution!  students explore the  complex issue of beauty in today’s society. Hosts Robby Fox, a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts, and Ryan Lawless, a student at Santa Fe Community College, guide listeners through the ever growing and changing world of beauty and Fashion. From poems of personal inspirations to manifestos against men objectifying women to an expose on what makes up make-up to an audio cascade about fashion and class, this show is jam packed with interesting perspectives about the omnipresent issue of fashion, beauty and image! Cheers!

Jimmy’s Story

High school isn’t easy. Jimmy’s high school experience was especially difficult. Now a student at the United World College in Montezuma, NM, Jimmy went through years of being bullied. Jimmy’s story was part of a radio show put on by YMP and the Santa Fe High School’s Student Wellness Action Team that was created to illuminate the dangers of bullying to help reduce the terrible trend. Please lend your ears to this intensely raw story that details the horror of being bullied to put a stop to the violence.

Bullying and Gender

The Santa Fe High School Student Wellness Team (SWAT) decided to better their community and peers by creating a radio program dedicated to reducing bullying. This beautifully interwoven poem, written and performed by Ariana Maestas with performance help from Alix Monastero is meant to explore the ways people react to bullying differently.  Her simple structure and narrative flow makes this piece extremely powerful and intense. Please take the time to learn from the heart about gender differences in bullying situations.

Facebook Cyberbullying Radio Drama

As part of an Audio Revolution! show about bullying created by Santa Fe High School’s Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT), this radio drama is meant to illuminate the dangers of cyberbullying. Created by a group of students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics, the radio drama focuses on the abusive language is commonly part of bullying over the internet. Because of its extreme popularity, Facebook is a main site for cyberbullying and is the site of interaction in this very informative, creative and palpable expose on the dangers of this new form of bullying.

2012 Politics

Ari Rappaport, a junior at the MASTERS program, wants you! to vote (if you can.) He wrote this radio commentary to get youth involved in politics. He believes that this year’s presidential election is of utmost importance to everyone living in the US.

Take a listen to these impassioned words by Ari Rappaport:

Gay Rights and Religion

Chloe Espinosa, a student at a Catholic school in Santa Fe, NM, explores the issue of gay rights in the context of religion. She interviews a local pastor and her aunt, who is gay. With humor and conviction, Chloe looks at how you can be both a supporter of gay rights and maintain your religious beliefs.

2012 Consciousness

Max Kalyani, when asked what’s going on in 2012, first responds with “New Age consciousness…the Mayan Calendar!” In this commentary, Max, a senior at the Academy of Technology and the Classics, delivers some hilarious and informative facts about December 21st, 2012. Listen in closely!


Taking his inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s song “What’s Going On,” Ryan Lawless, SFCC student, explores family dynamics in the 21st century while recounting stories and sounds from Marvin Gaye. This personal narrative will take you on a journey through what it means to be ‘family’ today (including all the ups and downs!) This radio narrative was performed live at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of Youth Media Project’s participation in the nation What’s Going On Now program. To watch Ryan perform, click here, and go to 35:35.

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