Being confronted with choices that could affect their entire lives can be a transformative experience for middle school students. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Peggy Tennyson from the School Community Youth Collaborative and Mikkel Waltman, a senior at Montezuma-Cortez High School about the Teen Maze, an interactive event showcasing possible outcomes of risky behaviors for local youth.
Southwest Open School is a place for experiential learning, where students actively participate in their own education. In the winter of 2014, the Radio Class chose to focus on challenges facing Montezuma County, including teenage substance abuse, homelessness, generational poverty, and a higher than average theft rate. Tasked with recording transformative radio pieces, the students set out into the community to find real voices. The stories they recorded are real, gritty, and ultimately, their own.