WBUR celebrated the 25th anniversary of ZUMIX, a creative youth development organization in East Boston dedicated to building community through music and the arts.
ZUMIX Radio promotes youth and community voices in East Boston, while supporting teens to learn valuable 21st century skills in technology, radio production, communication, and journalism. Radio classes train participants to host their own live radio broadcasts, produce their own radio stories, and develop meaningful relationships with adult mentors. ZUMIX Radio, which will transition from an online stream to 94.9FM in June, also serves to connect and engage the broader East Boston community.
José Massó, host of ¡Con Salsa!, emcee'd the event, which included teen-guided tours of the ZUMIX studio, a ZUMIX jazz ensemble performance and an auditory experience featuring stories produced by:
- Lesly Monroy, age 14 – “Bullying: What’s Behind It?”
- Kaylene Sheran, age 16 – “Friday Variety Presents: An Interview with State Representative Adrian Madaro”
- José Sarmiento – “A Reflection on Identity & Security in East Boston”/ “Una Reflexión Sobre la Identidad y la Seguridad en East Boston.”
Caleb Messier, aged 14, closed the event with a live interview with Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ZUMIX.
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