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Teen Voices for Good Choices
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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Seniors Speak September/October 2014
October 2, 2014: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak September/October 2014 (mp3). Seniors Speak is a regular Teen Talk feature that gives our senior hosts the opportunity to talk about anything on their minds. In this episode, Robert, Jess, and Sara discuss the college application process, SATs and ACTs, school plays and musicals, and early preparation for prom season.

Empowering Today’s Latino Youth
September 22, 2014: Holidays and Awareness Events

Empowering Today’s Latino Youth (mp3).

Teen hosts Yanira and Suzy commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month by discussing what their Hispanic heritage means to them, stereotypes and misconceptions about the Latino population, and what our society can do to encourage today’s Latino youth to make a difference in their communities.

Make This the Best School Year Ever!
September 19, 2014: School and College

Make This the Best School Year Ever! (mp3). The school year is already in full swing, but it’s not too late to make this one the best ever! Join teen hosts Amelia, Sarah, Yanira, and Sarah as they give their suggestions on how to reduce stress and enjoy school. In this episode, they discuss avoiding the "drama," self-care, and finding the balance between school, family, and friends.

How to Prevent Youth Suicide
September 16, 2014: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

How to Prevent Youth Suicide (mp3). For World Suicide Prevention Day, teen hosts Sarah, Jess, Yanira, and Sarah discuss ways that young people can work to prevent suicide. Our guest is Laurie Best, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator at Contact Community Services.

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?
July 19, 2014: Relationships

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? (mp3). Honesty is often considered a virtue, but are there times when it’s not a good idea to be truthful? When can the truth actually hurt you, or hurt others? When do we absolutely need to be honest? Teen hosts Dylan, Amanda, Sarah, and Suzy talk about the value of honesty in different situations, as well as ways to tell the truth without being hurtful.

What Makes a Good Teen Leader?
July 22, 2014: Leadership

What Makes a Good Teen Leader? (mp3). What are the qualities of an effective leader? How can we use our leadership strengths to make positive changes in our communities? Teen hosts Yanira and Sydney discuss what makes a good teen leader and tips for building your own leadership skills. Our guest is Nasha Barnes, President and CEO of Aim Higher Enterprises . Ms. Nasha shares some of her experiences in developing her leadership potential and provides a message that will inspire you to make a better future for yourself and those around you.

Getting Fit in the Summer
July 16, 2014: Health and Body

Getting Fit in the Summer (mp3). Barbecues, ice cream, and inactivity during the summer can all lead to lower fitness levels. Teen hosts Drew, Kaitlyn, Robert, and Sarah share their tips for getting or staying fit over the summer. Some suggestions from our show:
  • Take advantage of the fruits and vegetables that are now in season.
  • Drink plenty of water. If you drink a lot of soda, try replacing a couple with water each day.
  • Talk to your doctor about healthy ways to reduce your calorie intake and increase your activity level.

Seniors Speak May/June
July 8, 2014: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak May/June (mp3). In our latest Seniors Speak podcast, teen hosts Rachel, Drew, and Grace cover a wide range of topics including high school graduation, getting ready for college, summer plans, AP exams, the Kardashians, and even lawn care. This brief, fun episode is perfect to listen to whether you’re hanging out poolside or walking to summer school.

Stay Safe AND Have Fun This Summer!
July 2, 2014: Health and Body

Stay Safe AND Have Fun This Summer! (mp3). Summer is finally here, school is out, and it’s a time for most teens to relax and have some fun! Teen hosts Dylan, Kaitlyn, and Sarah share their summer plans and what teens can do to stay safe while still having a good time. Go to concerts and festivals, enjoy the outdoors, catch up on sleep, and even cool down with some indoor activities. Be smart when doing and planning your summer activities so it can be a summer you remember for all the right reasons!

Are You REALLY Listening?
June 20, 2014: Communication, Media, and Social Media

Are You REALLY Listening? (mp3). For Effective Communications Month, teen hosts Robert, Ayana, Dylan, and Kaitlyn talk about our pal AL, or active listening. They also discuss when it’s important to listen and avoid giving advice, and when we need to speak up to effectively communicate. Our guest is Laurie Best, Coordinator of Community and Volunteer Relations at Contact Community Services.

If you need someone to listen to you, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online at their website between the hours of 2 PM and 2 AM Eastern.

LGBT Pride Month
June 6, 2014: LGBTQ and Gender

LGBT Pride Month (mp3). In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, teen hosts Grace, Morh’ese, and Sarah discuss LGBTQ issues and culture.

For more information on the Q Center, visit their webpage at or call 315-701-2431. The Q Center is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. The goal of the Q center is to create a safe space and a safer community for all.

Seniors Speak April/May
May 30, 2014: Seniors Speak

Seniors Speak April/May (mp3). In this Seniors Speak episode, teen hosts McMillen, Grace, and Lindsey discuss the end of their senior year, college plans, AP and SAT tests, and senior ball. A special song is rehearsed at the end as a tribute to other high school seniors and all our listeners. Enjoy!

Preventing Teen Pregnancy
May 22, 2014: Health and Body

Preventing Teen Pregnancy (mp3). May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. In this episode of Teen Talk, teen hosts Rachel, Ayana, and Sydney discuss teen pregnancy, various birth control options, and available resources. Our guest is Caitlin McArdle, Outreach and Education Specialist with Planned Parenthood Syracuse.

For more information on pregnancy prevention or options for pregnant teens, visit

Mental Health Month
May 15, 2014: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

Mental Health Month (mp3). May is Mental Health Month, and teen hosts Robert, Dylan, and Kaitlyn discuss mental health issues and how you can enhance your mental well-being. Our guest is Mike, a local teen who has received treatment for depression.

For more information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and how you can get help, visit or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Prom Safety
May 8, 2014: School and College

Prom Safety (mp3). It’s prom season! Teen hosts Drew, Ayana, and Sydney discuss this year’s prom trends, and how to have a fun prom while staying safe and not spending a lot of money. Our guest is Trina Luttinger, a student assistance counselor with Contact Community Services.

Creativity & Stress Relief
May 2, 2014: Depression, Suicide, and Mental Health

Creativity & Stress Relief (mp3). Teen hosts Dylan, Kia, and Sarah discuss ways teens can boost their creativity while relieving stress at the same time. Our guest is Kelly Murphy, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

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

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

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

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.

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