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N4P: Empowered Youth

Empowered Youth

Empowered Youth is a non-profit organization that works exclusively with inner-city, at-risk young men between the ages of 12 and 19, most of whom have been referred to the program by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Colleen Adams, Founder of Empowered Youth, Jesus Mendoza, and Junior Izaguirre joined Shelly to talk about the programs and [...]

Social Justice, community development, networks for change: Local work for our local community


This Sunday on RadioActive I was joined by two Miami social change rockstars, Santiago Bunce and Camilo Mejia of Catalyst Miami, to discuss community development, social justice and the power of networks. We heard their incredible journeys to becoming activists and community organizers in Miami and beyond. We heard both theory of communities of practice [...]

RadioActive – Navigating the intersections of our complex social issues – thoughts from UM students


One of the most difficult issues we face today is in understanding how the many social issues ravaging our communities are complexly interconnected. It’s like a thread that runs through our social world, if you tug on it in one space, it inadvertently impacts another. UM students engage in two separate conversations in this episode [...]

N4P: Internet Safety


Detective Cabado talked to Shelly about internet crimes against children. Through various social media sites, online predators target children as young as ten years of age. Detective Cabado encourages parents to understand the importance of internet safety and urges children to understand the dangers of posting inappropriate pictures or sending inappropriate messages. N4P: Internet Safety [...]

Counterpoint April 3rd: With Special Guests David, Will, and Vinny!


(Image credit: Wikipedia) This week, we had not one, not two, not even three, but four special additions to today’s show. Vinny “the Voice of Reason” used to host Counterpoint back in the day, Will was a long-time Counterpointer who graduated last year, and David joined us to fill the “middle” part of the political [...]

Counterpoint March 27th


(Image credit: Wikipedia) This week, we started by talking about Ted Cruz’s candidacy announcement before wandering into minimum wage for a bit. We then moved to discussing the Indiana religious freedom bill before moving on to the Iran deal and finishing with a quick discussion on Ultra. As always: hit the jump after the break [...]

Zebra fish, autism and bringing science to the community: The power of interdisciplinary scholarship

zebra fish

This Sunday on RadioActive we took an interesting turn! This time around on RadioActive we heard from Julia Dallman from the Biology Department and Jim Virga from the Communications School discuss their unlikely partnership and collaboration in teaching, and their work towards bringing scientific knowledge to the community. A story filled with zebra fish, autism [...]

N4P: Guardian ad Litem Program

I am a child advocate

A Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) is a trained, court-appointed volunteer who serves as the voice for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in dependency court. The Guardian ad Litem Program is part of a national network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected [...]

N4P: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Colombia

General Salamanca

Brigadier General William Salamanca, Director of Protection and Special Services (DIPRO) for the Colombian National Police (CNP), visited the University of Miami School of Communication’s Shoma Hall on April 2 at 1 p.m. to present on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). His presentation: Prevention, Intervention, and Action: The Colombian National Police [...]

Migration, acculturation and traumatic stress: A dialogue on refugees and culture

What is a refugee

  This Sunday, we were joined on air by Dr. Dina Birman, the director of the PhD program in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, and a long time advocate and Community Psychology researcher on issues of acculturation and traumatic stress for refugees. Dina took us through her understandings of culture, acculturation, who is [...]