Youth News

  • Nanci Olesen is the director of the Mayflower Early Childhood Center in South Minneapolis, a Montessori preschool program for children 16 months to 6 years old. She stops by the Morning Blend regularly to talk about family and parenting issues. This week Nanci speaks with KFAI's Ryan Dawes about kids and money, diving into allowance, savings, charitable giving, and even planning for college. 

  • The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at

    This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

    This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

    This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • KFAI hosted six teenagers for the eighth year of the Youth News Initiative, June 18 – August 10, 2012.
    Thanks to our students and their mentors for a fabulous year. Stay tuned for more information about our Youth News Initiaitve for 2013!
    Questions? Call KFAI’s News Director, Dale Connelly, at (612)341-3144 ext. 16, or send an e-mail to
    To hear stories from previous Youth News Initiative participants, click here.
    KFAI is the major sponsor of the Youth News Initiative. If you want to donate to the Youth News Initiative, please contact KFAI’s Executive Director at (612)341-3144 ext. 23.

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  • 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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  • It is not uncommon for women from all cultures to fret about their hair. KFAI Intern Stephanie Perry takes a special look into why so many African-American women in her neighborhood choose not to wear their natural hair.

    Stephanie Perry is a senior at the FAIR school in downtown Minneapolis. This is Stephanie’s second year participating in the Youth News Initiative.

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  • The Department of Justice is working to ensure that Gulf Coast residents and business are compensated for this summer’s oil spill, but what about about the victims in Minnesota? KFAI Youth News Intern Mesgana Tesfahun sheds light on how the BP oil spill affects her community. Mesgana is a senior at South High School in Minneapolis.

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  • Guadalupe Sayers, a sophomore at South High School in Minneapolis, explores why students drop out of high school, and hears about efforts to keep students in school and re-enroll dropouts.

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