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Teen Talk is a weekly web-based radio show by, for, and about teens. Teens discuss their challenges and choices concerning relationships, school, alcohol and drugs, sex, family life, media and much more. Teen Talk is hosted by Central New York teens with support from mental health and media professionals.
 
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STD Awareness Month
April 24, 2014: Health and Body

STD Awareness Month (mp3). April is STD/STI Awareness month, and teen hosts Rachel, Kaitlyn, and Robert are talking about the myths they’ve heard about STD transmission and protection. Guest Wendy Ramsay from Reach CNY is here to give us the facts and provide information on how to keep yourself and your partner safer.

For more information on STDs, visit the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/features/stdawareness/.

For more information on Reach CNY, their programs, and ways to obtain free contraception, visit ReachCNY.org.


Alcohol Awareness Month
April 18, 2014: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Alcohol Awareness Month (mp3). In this Teen Talk Special Report on alcohol, teen hosts Jessica, McMillen, and Tegan discuss the perceptions and dangers of underage drinking. We also talk about the trend of pre-gaming, the effects of alcohol on the brain, and driving while intoxicated.

To watch the video our teen hosts viewed on the effects of alcohol on the brain, visit http://youtu.be/zXjANz9r5F0.


PSA: Alcohol Awareness 2014
April, 2014: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

PSA: Alcohol Awareness 2014 (mp3). Alcohol is dangerous – no matter where you drink.


Youth Violence Prevention
April 8, 2014: Violence and Crime

Youth Violence Prevention (mp3). In observance of Youth Violence Prevention Week, teen hosts Yanira, Kaitlyn, and Salwa discuss the causes of violence among young people and what communities can do to eliminate the problem. Our guest is Tiffany Brec, educator and outreach coordinator from Vera House. For more information on National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which is observed April 7-11 in 2014, visit the National SAVE website.


Seniors Speak – March/April
April 2, 2014: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak – March/Apri (mp3). Seniors Speak is a monthly Teen Talk feature where our senior hosts discuss anything and everything. This episode’s topics include museums, school lunches, and prom.


Woman of Inspiration 2014
March 26, 2014: Holidays and Awareness Events

Woman of Inspiration 2014 (mp3). In celebration of Women’s History Month, we honor Marissa Kubinyak, our 2014 Woman of Inspiration. Teen hosts Jessica, Dylan, and Rachel talk with Marissa about her Appalachian Trail thru hike as well as her philosophy of following your passions and listening to your intuition.


Kick Butts Day 2014
March 19, 2014: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Kick Butts Day 2014 (mp3). Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Teen hosts Sarah, Sara, and Yanira discuss the dangers of smoking and ways that advertisers try to hook young people. Our guest is Chris Chirinos from Prevention Network.


National Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March 11, 2014: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month (mp3). In observance of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month in March, teen hosts Drew, Ayana, and Rachel discuss how public perceptions of gambling can lead to problems for young people. Our guest is Rachel Tarr from Contact Community Services. To view the video discussed in this episode, visit http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_researches_happiness .


Black History
March 5, 2014: Holidays and Awareness Events

Black History (mp3). Black History Month was in February, but we believe that black history is American history and should be celebrated all year long. Teen hosts Yanira, Morh'ese, and Robert discuss black history and what it means to be a young black person living in the United States. Our guest is Antwon Dixon, an advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.


Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 25, 2014: Health and Body

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (mp3). Teen hosts Jessica, Kaitlyn, and Sarah discuss the effect of eating disorders and distorted body image on youth. Our guest is Becca Degeilh, an educator from Ophelia’s Place. For more information on Ophelia’s Place, visit opheliasplace.org .


Marijuana Awareness Month
February 21, 2014: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Marijuana Awareness Month (mp3). In observance of Marijuana Awareness Month, teen hosts Amelia, Rachel, and Robert discuss marijuana use among young people, efforts throughout the United States to legalize marijuana, and some myths and facts about marijuana. Our guest is Colby Sutter from Seven Miles. For more information on the Seven Miles organization, visit sevenmiles.org .


2014 Marijuana PSA
February 10, 2014: Public Service Announcements

2014 Marijuana PSA (mp3). Marijuana use isn’t as common as you think.


Random Acts of Kindness
February 20, 2014: Holidays and Awareness Events

Random Acts of Kindness (mp3). Teen host Amelia discusses random acts of kindness that she has performed and how you can pay it forward by doing nice things for others.

To view the video discussed in this episode, the TED website www.ted.com/talks/
jonathan_zittrain_the_web_is_a_random_act_of_kindness.html


National Mentoring Month
January 28, 2014: Holidays and Awareness Events

National Mentoring Month (mp3). In observance of National Mentoring Month, teen hosts Robert and Jessica discuss their mentors and the qualities they look for in a mentor. They are joined by Charles Rice and Jayden from the Journey 2 Manhood program at the Southwest Community Center. For more information on the program, visit their webpage.


No Name-Calling Week
January 22, 2014: Bullying

No Name-Calling Week (mp3). In observance of No Name-Calling Week (January 20-24), teen hosts Allison, Ayana, and Drew discuss the "Second Chances" episode of Dateline, which followed a group of teens who were pursuing cosmetic surgery to correct features that caused them to be teased and bullied by their peers. To watch "Second Chances," visit the NBC News website.


Seniors Speak January 2014
January 17, 2014: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak January 2014 (mp3). Teen hosts Drew, Morh’ese, and Rachel welcome the new year by discussing what’s new in the lives of young people, including senioritis, popular culture, and future aspirations.


Giving Back 2013
December 26, 2013: Holidays and Awareness Events

Giving Back 2013 (mp3). Teen hosts Grace and Yanira discuss ways that young people can give back to their communities, during the holidays and year-round. Our guest is Cathy Roosa from the United Way of Central New York.


Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted Driving
December 12, 2013: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted Driving (mp3). Teen hosts McMillen, Sara, and Yanira discuss the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while being distracted by texting or talking on the phone. Our guest is Phillip Rose, Underage Drinking Prevention Program Coordinator from Prevention Network.


World AIDS Day
November 27, 2013: Health and Body

World AIDS Day (mp3). In observance of World AIDS Day, teen hosts Sarah, Morh’ese, and Robert discuss HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, symptoms, and myths. Our guest is Caitlin McArdle, an educator from Planned Parenthood.


Great American Smokeout
November 21, 2013: Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Great American Smokeout (mp3). November 21 is the Great American Smokeout. This event is held annually on the third Thursday of November and encourages smokers to quit on that day or make a plan for quitting. On this episode, teen hosts Jessica, Rachel, and Robert discuss the dangers of smoking, tobacco company marketing techniques, and ways people can quit.


Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 14, 2013: Holidays and Awareness Events

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (mp3). November 14-24 is designated as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Teen hosts Drew, Amelia, and Yanira discuss the issues of youth hunger and homelessness including myths and stereotypes as well as ways young people can help. Our guest is Rachel Tarr, Coordinator of the Onondaga County Helpline.


November: High School Seniors Speak
November 4, 2013: Seniors Speak

November: High School Seniors Speak (mp3). Senior hosts McMillen, Drew, Grace, and Jessica talk about their senior year classes and applying to colleges.


Fears/What are YOU afraid of?
October 31, 2013: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

Fears/What are YOU afraid of? (mp3). Are you scared of spiders? Aliens? Maybe even...napkins?

To celebrate Halloween, teen hosts Rachel, Robert, and Sara talk about their fears with Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.


National Bullying Prevention Month
October 28, 2013: Bullying

National Bullying Prevention Month (mp3). Teen hosts Rachel, Robert, and Sarah have a dialogue about bullying with Nick Longo from Stop the Hate, Spread the Hope. To learn more about this anti-bullying awareness organization, visit sthsquared.org .


Red Ribbon Week
October 22, 2013: Holidays and Awareness Events

Red Ribbon Week (mp3). In 2013, Red Ribbon Week is observed October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is a way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Join teen hosts Allison, Amelia, and Tegan as they discuss substance abuse prevention and alternatives with Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services.


World Mental Health Day
October 9, 2013: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

World Mental Health Day (mp3). October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Our teen hosts discuss mental well-being and ways to cope with mental health issues. We are joined by Trina Luttinger, a Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month
September 27, 2013: Violence and Crime

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (mp3). In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, teen hosts Cherish, Amelia, and Morh’ese discuss the issue and share their stories as bystanders. Our guest is Tiffany Brec, M.V.P. Educator and LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator at Vera House.


Seniors Speak September 2013
September 22, 2013: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak September 2013 (mp3). Seniors Speak is a periodic feature of Teen Talk where our senior hosts have the opportunity to discuss anything they feel is important to their peers. In this edition, Lindsey, Allison, and Salwa discuss topics like senioritis, college applications, and twerking.


Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15, 2013: Holidays and Awareness Events

Hispanic Heritage Month (mp3). Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 – October 15, recognizes the culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Teen hosts Yanira, Ayana, and Robert discuss the importance of Hispanic culture with Rita Paniagua, Executive Director of the Spanish Action league and youth involved with the organization.


Suicide Prevention
September 5, 2013: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

Suicide Prevention (mp3). Teen hosts McMillen, Grace, Robert, and Salwa talk about suicide prevention with Trina Luttinger, Student Assistance Counselor from Contact Community Services. This powerful show sends the message to teens that they are not alone in their struggles and provides information on how to help someone having thoughts of suicide. Sources of Strength, a best practice youth suicide prevention project, is also discussed.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, or you know someone who is showing warning signs for suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The call is free and you will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.


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