ABOUT US

Our mission is to empower youth from diverse backgrounds to express themselves, build self-confidence, and develop leadership skills through community broadcasting.

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Andy Zanca (left) and Cody Swidler broadcasting on KDNK in 1987

OUR HISTORY

ANDY ZANCA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT Serving Youth Since 2000

Annemarie Zanca created the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program (AZYEP) in 2000 in honor of her brother Andy, KDNK Community Access Radio’s first youth DJ. Andy committed suicide in 1998.

Annemarie, a child and family therapist, recognized that Andy’s radio experience was a highlight of his life, providing community connection and a tool to combat isolation. She founded AZYEP to provide similar opportunities to youth throughout the Roaring Fork Valley giving all students access to community broadcasting.

In our eighteen-year history, AZYEP has served more than 3,000 youth and now broadcasts six hours of live talk and music programs every week during prime time on KDNK. In addition, AZYEP partners with schools from Aspen to Parachute to showcase student work. We engage youth in news production and provide mentoring opportunities.

TEAM

 

Stacy Stein – Co-Director

 

Beth Wysong– Co-Director

 

Alberto Mendoza – Broadcasting Teacher

 

Suzanne Fitzgerald – Broadcasting Teacher

Stacy Stein and Beth Wysong
(Co-directors)

BOARD MEMBERS

Mindi Cabe – President

Program Manager, Access After School

Maija Petterson – Vice President

High School Student

Angelique Petterson- Secretary

Paralegal

Morgan Williams- Treasurer

Teacher, Two Rivers Community School

Debra Martinez-Brun

Instructor, Colorado Mountain College

Ricardo Zavala

Paraprofessional, Carbondale Middle School

Suzanne Fitzgerald

Teacher, Bridges High School

Alex Tarika

Teacher, Roaring Fork Valley

Todd Hurley

KDNK DJ & writer

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