Chris Otey is a senior at Middle College High School at the High Point Center located in West Seattle.
One afternoon some people came to our class from KUOW to introduce the Radio Active program that teaches young people about the process of creating radio stories. It sounded interesting so I signed up, attended some workshops and had the pleasure of creating my first radio story. My subject was a friend of mine and fellow Middle College student, Kyra MacFarlane, who was willing to share her powerful story of her family’s struggle with poverty and homelessness.
During the interviewing process I came to realize that many people around our community and in our school face similar challenges. Students who live in poverty struggle in our schools because it is nearly impossible to learn when you have no home or food to eat. At Middle College High School at the High Point Center, students like Kyra get the support they need to graduate becaues of the supportive, caring and small school environment. At Middle College we are encouraged to dream big and see our education as part of the solution to the challenges many of us face. For students like Kyra and many others who left the big schools looking for a challenging alternative educational experience, Middle College is the place to be.
Link to my KUOW radio story on Kyra:
Link to KUOW RadioActive Youth Media: