Teenagers in Alaska are more at risk of dying by suicide than kids in any other state. Understanding this statistic and the efforts to fight the problem is the subject on this Tuesday's KTD. This hour we also listen to teen-produced suicide prevention messages and we report on Southcentral Foundation’s Wellness Warriors Initiative. Also, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We sit down for a conversation with the director of the Alaska Children’s Trust to learn how they are helping to stop child abuse and neglect in Alaska.
Tune in to KSKA FM 91.1 Tuesday, April 26 at 2pm and 7pm to listen, or find the show posted here and listen anytime!
It's getting warmer and school will be out soon which means many families in Alaska are preparing for their summer trips. Host Shana Sheehy speaks with two local travel gurus - Scott McMurren and Erin Kirkland - who will each count down their top five summer family vacation destinations - in-state and out. Also this hour on Kids These Days!, a very special dispatch from our contributor in Oregon, we'll hear from the National Park Service and the Alaska Ferry, and teens talk about traveling solo.
That and more next time - so be sure to tune in to KSKA Tuesdays at 2 and then again at 7 PM. You'll also find that show here along with photos, links, lists and original commentary 24/7.
This week the conversation on Kids These Days! is all about Kids & Volunteering - in preparation for Kids Day at the Dena'ina Center (where you can find KTD!) Debbie Bogart from Anchorage's Promise and Heather Jack, founder of The Volunteer Family share why (and how) kids can make a difference in their communities.
Also on this hour: Teens talk about giving back; a New Stuyahok man inspires local youth; teaching service-learning in the classroom; and learn about how even the youngest kiddos can come up with an idea, raise money and put their plan into action. You'll be inspired by Alaska's youth!
Tune in Tuesday, April 12 at 2pm and 7pm to KSKA-FM to listen, and listen on KidsTheseDays.org 24/7 where you can see photos, read original blogs and interact with others!
We invite the new Commissioner of the Department of Education & Early Development, Mike Hanley, and Shirley PIttz, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Coordinator for Alaska to talk about why Early Learning (ages 0-5) is so important and what Alaska is doing to support families in helping their little ones learn and prepare for school.
Also on this program - learn about the great work being done throughout the state by Best Beginnings and hear from a couple of Artists in the Schools!
All this airing tomorrow at 2 and again at 7 on KSKA-FM. Full shows, excerpts, links, web extras, fun stuff at KidsTheseDays.org 24/7!
In Alaska it's not uncommon for families to have one parent who works out of town some of the time. With mom or dad working in fisheries, the military, on the slope or in the legislature for part of the year that makes the other caregiver a "Part-time Single Parent".
In the studio we'll hear from three parents who are very familiar with this situation; they'll share tips on how they make it work when flying solo. Also on this program, learn about support services offered to military families with deployed spouses and then leave room for dessert because it's a new installment of Chef KTD bringing sweet ideas for care packages!
PLEASE NOTE - tomorrow's program will air as usual at 2pm, but the rebroadcast will be at 8pm (instead of the usual 7pm). Tune in to KSKA-FM and then find the full show here along with photos, links, recipes and ongoing conversation!
In response to the destructive and tragic events in Japan, KTD! will re-air January 18's program "Emergency Prep & the Big Bad World" to aid in helping Alaskan families in being prepared for natural disasters.
If the "big one" hit today how ready would your household be? Is your emergency kit put together, and will the whole family know what to do or where to go should there be a fire or flood? Merry Carlson, Preparedness Manager for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the State of Alaska and Presidential-appointee to the National Commission on Children and Disasters, and Rick Calcote, Behavioral Health Disaster Response Coordinator for the State of Alaska share some tips, strategies and resources for preparing your family for emergencies big and small.
Rebroadcast: Tuesday, March 22 at 2pm and 7pm on KSKA-FM and right here on KidsTheseDays.org.
Just in time for March Madness, we take a look at how competition and sports play significant roles in the lives and development of kids and teens. We're talking about the positive effects of playing sports like fitness, learning to balance athletics and academics, and character and relationship-building. We'll also explore the downside to competition like cheating and putting too much pressure on student-athletes. Our guests are Gary Matthews, executive director of the Alaska School Activities Association and Michael Josephson, founder of the Josephson Institute Center for Sports Ethics.
Tune in Tuesday, March 15 to KSKA 91.1 FM at 2pm and 7pm to listen to this program. As always, find the entire show plus web exclusives right here on KidsTheseDays.org.
Tomorrow on Kids These Days! - we learn about the basics of Alaska Family Law as it concerns divorce, custody, child support and more. Steve Pradell, a local attorney who has written a book on the subject joins Shana Sheehy in the studio.
Plus, legal resources available to Alaskans who are in need of advice; we report on the case of minors who seek emancipation; and a new feature "Ask KTD" debuts to discuss helping kids through divorce.
Did you know that the Iditarod inspires classroom lessons in math, science, reading, technology and much more each year? Diane Johnson, Education Director for the Iditarod Trail Committee and Herb Brambley, the 2010 Target Teacher on the Trail, share the lessons of The Last Great Race that are being taught all over the world on tomorrow's program. Plus, a Jr. Iditarod musher gets ready to race; STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) in the schools; the best places to celebrate the start with your family!
Tune in Tuesday, March 1 to KSKA 91.1 FM at 2pm and 7pm to listen to this program. As always, find the entire show plus web exclusives right here on KidsTheseDays.org.
With all the great school choices available to families in the Anchorage area it can be a daunting task knowing which one is right for your children. We attemped to make the process of choosing a school a little easier by inviting three knowledgeable guest panelists to share information and answer questions. Linda Carlson from the Anchorage School District, Missy DeRivera of Chugach Homeschool and Sandee Hough of the Alaska Association of Independent Schools spoke with host, Shana Sheehy, in front of a live audience at Saturday's New to School Event.
Tune in Tuesday, February 22 to KSKA-FM 91.1 at 2pm or 7pm to join this conversation. As always you'll find the full show posted here along with web extras and further discussion throughout the week!