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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Arriba Del Cielo

Alejandra Juarez of the student wellness action team (SWAT) at the Academy of Technology and the Classics invites us to listen to her story about growing up and growing apart. As part of our show on parent-teen relationships,  Alejandra delivered a powerful personal narrative about the hard aspects of growing up and away from your parents. I hope you enjoy this heartfelt story!

Parents and Teens

In this special Audio Revolution! broadcast, Youth Media Project teamed up with the spectacular SWAT Team at ATC. SWAT stands for the Student Wellness Action Team and is a program at Santa Fe Public Schools.  This group from ATC (The Academy of Technology and the Classics) decided they wanted to better the lives of their peers by creating a powerful, moving and honest show about parent teen relationships. The show will share new perspectives and new truths about this important relationship and leave you contemplating your own familial life. Enjoy!

Fathers in Focus

Audio Revolution! fathersFathers in Focus is a special collaborative show that delivers the stories of youth experiencing homelessness and their experiences with their fathers. Fathers in Focus was a partnership of REEL FATHERS, Adelante Program/Santa Fe Public Schools, Youth Media Project, and Northern NM ENLACE that brought seven youth, ages 13 to 16,  to share affecting stories and insights about their fathers. The students come from Ortiz middle school, Capital High School and Santa Fe High School.

This is a special 13 minute collage of all of their stories.

What is Love?

“My piece is about what kind of love there is and what love is, what mistakes I’ve done and how love is hard. It’s me expressing my feeling about what love is and how it hurts. I also wrote a rap”

Edith Juarez, a sophomore at Santa Fe High School, created the piece that she describes above in YMP’s 4th Annual Summer Intensive at the Santa Fe Art Institute.  She dives into the multiple ways people love by beautifully interweaving interviews of people on the Railrunner as well as in Old Town Albuquerque throughout her narrative and speculations on what it means to love. Also, she raps.

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The Love I Felt For You

What does love mean to you? Esmerelda Gonzales-Munoz’s “The Love I Felt For You” shares with us her story about love. Created during Youth Media Project’s 2010 Summer Intensive, Esmerelda delves into her experience with a very complicated relationship. Beautiful and poetic, the piece will inspire you to think deeply about the ways in which we love (and hurt) each other.

Summer Intensive Showcase

Listen to the first show of Audio Revolution!’s fall 2010 season! This show highlights the work done by students during Youth Media Project’s Summer Intensive 2010.  With the help of Carmen Gallegos and Eliot Fisher of Youth Media Project and Lisa Donahue and Perish of the Santa Fe Art Institute, the students created pieces that range from songs to fictional poems to family narratives to personal manifestos!

What If

In this piece, Ellie Evans, a student from the New Mexico School For The Arts, asks the question: What if?  What if the world were different?  This imaginative and poetic piece challenges our current understanding of the world around us. Her simple yet beautiful questions pull the rug out from underneath listeners- what if old is young… or what if we all understood basic human rights?

An Unexpected Life

Patrick Chavez, from Chimayó, NM, tells the story of how his life changed dramatically when he learned he was going to become a father as a teenager. High school dropouts estranged from their families, he and his girlfriend were scraping by when it all happened, but everything changed for them that day.