KVAK-AM/FM Youth Mentoring Program

Topic: Education

KVAK-AM/FM in Valdez, Alaska, provides kids from grade school to high school with a hands-on learning experience in broadcasting. Every month, participants in the KVAK Kids Club visit the studio to record public service announcements (PSA). The PSAs air daily and more than 200 are produced each year. The kids are part of the complete process, including helping write the scripts. Everything from manners to fire safety to reading have been highlighted. Three-quarters of the area elementary school population is involved. In addition to learning about broadcasting, club members receive a newsletter and have their birthdays announced on the air. For the older students, KVAKís high school program involves weekly sessions at the studio and a monthly live broadcast. The stationís good work has not gone unnoticed; the Kids Club has been honored with the both the Alaska Broadcasters Association Service to Children Goldie Award and the National Association of Broadcasters Service to Children Radio Award.

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