Community Voices

Stepdadding: A Teenager Talks About Gaining A Parent

May 16, 2019
Michael Moreland
Basim Blunt / WYSO

My name is Michael Moreland. I am 15 years old and a sophomore at DECA High School. I'm actually a very funny person, I like to make people laugh. Making people laugh brings a joy to me, because I like seeing others smile. I'm a very positive person.

I live with my younger sister, y mom and my soon-to-be stepdad.

Let me tell you about stepparents.

At first they come in and try to take over a mother or father's position from your actual parents splitting. It's kind of a hard adjustment.

Codee Reed and Luke Wilson
courtesy of Jean Anders

As part of our series County Lines, Community Voices producer Anna Lurie went to rural Northeastern High School to talk to students in FFA about their lives.  In this story, two sophomore friends at Northeastern, Luke Wilson and Cody Reed, discuss the pressures and successes they experience raising and showing livestock. 


Luke Wilson: Okay, my name is Luke Wilson and I’m from Northeastern High School, I’m a sophomore and I’m 16 years old.

Northeastern High School FFA students
courtesy of Jean Anders

Future Farmers of America was founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri as way to educate the next generation of farmers. Today, FFA is a national organization for young people interested in leadership and agriculture.  There are over a dozen local FFA chapters in the Miami Valley - including one at Northeastern High School in rural Clark County.

As part of our series called County Lines, producer Anna Lurie went to Northeastern last fall to learn about FFA and to teach the students a little bit about radio.

buffalo statue in front of K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton
Jim Kahle / WYSO

"I have been curious about the big buffalo statue that stand outside K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton," says WYSO listener Gwen Owen. "I looked at again this morning on my way in and thought, 'what is your deal, you're this big serious heavy looking buffalo statue...' and I feel like it must have a story. Where did that thing come from?"

For that answer I went to the K12 TEJAS  gallery at the corner of South Jefferson Street and South Patterson Boulevard and asked long time arts supporter and fearless leader of K12, Jerri Stanard, just how that buffalo came to be there.

PolySci: A Teenager Ponders Policy

May 9, 2019
Kayla Mulligan
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Teenagers watch the news and are affected by the sometimes harsh and divisive political debate in our country. Kayla Mulligan is a senior at Thurgood Marshall STEM High School. She watches CNN and other political shows on TV, and she's learning about politics in America. In today's essay, Kayla shares her opinion about President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Santosh Kumar / Flickr Creative Commons

It's been a wet spring here in Southwest Ohio. April showers dropped above-average rainfall amounts, and more rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week. Drive along the county roads in this region and you can see a lot of muddy fields and standing water, and so we wanted to know: if you're a farmer, are you worried about too much rain?

In Greene County, the birds are singing, the chickens are clucking, and in the distance another storm is moving in. In this part of Ohio there has been above average rainfall for the past 6 months.

'In Service' is a reflection on the military life of Colonel Charles Young created by artist Renée Fleuranges-Valdes
courtesy of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

Quilts traditionally provide warmth and comfort. Story quilts link these qualities with history, and there are quilts right now in Wilberforce that tell the story of a remarkable man.

Colonel Charles Young was a professor of military science at Wilberforce, a leader of the Buffalo Soldier Regiment, and the highest ranking black Army officer until his death in 1922, and that is the short list.

Bald eagles Willa and Orv are nesting at Carillon Park for the second year.
courtesy of Jim Weller

WYSO Curious is our series where listeners ask questions and WYSO producers find the answers. Today’s question comes from listener Heather Atkinson who says "I am so very curious about Willa and Orv, the bald eagle pair who have been nesting in Carillon.”

Deshanay Roberson
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Living in what therapists call a dysfunctional family affects the mental health of teenagers and adults in profound ways while adults can walk out of a toxic relationship. Many teenagers find themselves simply stuck.

My name is Deshanay, but everybody calls me Desha. I am an introvert. I'm a photographer, and I draw portraits on the side of my free time. I really like peace and quiet and being by myself. I live with my mom, my nanna, and my great granny. My dad passed away when I was five from cancer so he's not in the picture anymore.

Joy Thornhill
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Women’s reproductive rights have been a topic of ongoing debate in the Ohio Legislature, around the state, and in many homes.  Today on Dayton Youth Radio we meet a young woman and her father who are participating in that discussion.  

I'm Joy. I'm 18 years old, and I love to write, I have ever since I could hold a crayon. And I hate negativity discrimination and inequality like most people that I know. I live with my dad, Craig Thornhill, which certainly has been a roller coaster over these past few years with lots of ups and lots of downs.