Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio / RadioActive Youth Media
Partner Type
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
RadioActive is the youth media program at KUOW where youth delight in discovering public radio journalism. RadioActive supports young people’s growth as media makers by sharing access to public radio’s knowledge, skills and institutions. RadioActive can present engaging lessons on storytelling, interviewing, audio editing or other radio skills to the students you work with. Some of our past classroom partners include Renton High School, Mt. Vernon Migrant Youth Leaders, Camp Ten Trees, and SPS Interagency Academy at King County Youth Detention Center.

Contact Information

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Last Name
4518 University Way NE
Address 2
Suite 310

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Radio journalism, audio storytelling
Digital/Media Arts, Radio, Journalism


Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
In RadioActive Youth Media, youth learn the technical and soft skills needed to amplify the stories that matter to them. Our approach is to provide interactive, collaborative workshops where participants create new work while gaining hands-on skills like writing for broadcast and using audio technology. Our philosophy is that youth voices are powerful and not heard often enough. Our workshops foster an atmosphere of discovery, accessible to all. RadioActive staff works with youth who come from across the Seattle area, from our most prestigious private schools to our most under-funded public schools. We prioritize outreach and partnerships in areas that have less access to high quality youth programs. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and cater our workshops to meet young people where they are, while supporting each person to push their limits.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Radio journalism is a practice that, at its core, integrates an arts discipline (audio storytelling and sound design) with a non-arts subject area (journalism). At RadioActive, we teach workshops on journalism ethics to emphasize the considerations and practices that need to be incorporated into the craft of audio storytelling, in order to call it journalism. Each young person in a RadioActive program creates a true story on the topic of their choosing. Youth conduct independent research on their story topics, which range from sneaker collecting, to sexual abuse, to the experiences of Bhutanese refugees, and many more. In past partnerships, we have adapted our programming to the needs of our partners by integrating their subject areas. For example, when we ran a 1-day intensive workshop at Camp Ten Trees (a camp for LGBTQ youth), we prompted youth to create audio projects around the topic of gender. During a workshop with migrant youth in Mount Vernon, youth interviewed each other about their experiences immigrating to America and working in the fields.
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Testimonials from Schools
Clarke Hill, High Point Teen Programs Supervisor Neighborhood House, High Point Center 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126 T (206) 588-4900 ext. 626   Nancy Pappas, Career Development & Internships Coordinator Big Picture High School 440 South 186th Burien, WA  98148 (206) 631-7700


RadioActive mobile workshops are free of charge and subject to availability.


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Students practice using audio recorders during a fieldtrip to Pike Place Market
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RadioActive workshops include many interactive learning games
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Students work together to accomplish shared goals
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Mentors work closely with students throughout the media making process
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Students check off completed tasks as they work towards finishing their projects


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A profile of RadioActive Youth Media on Seattle Channel's "CityStream."
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