Boys & Girls Clubs / GIAC | May 2013


Teens share powerful words on achieving graduation

What does a high school diploma mean to you? Middle and high school students captured their personal reflects to this important question by writing scripts, recording audio, and editing together a final piece to share on WSKG Radio!

During after school programming at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton and Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), students learned voice techniques for best recording and used field recording equipment and editing software as part of WSKG’s youth media program. Students and their families came together at WSKG Studios for a first-listen of the radio pieces and in celebration of their accomplishments! They did a fantastic job!

Student features originally aired during American Graduate Week, May 27 to May 31, 2013, on WSKG Radio.


Listen to students’ American Graduate stories

WSKG is proud to share these youth voices with our community! We wish them each continued success on their path to graduation.

“I am the youngest in my family, so I have watched my siblings struggle on their path to graduation, and I’ve seen someone I looked up to fall off the path.”
– Tim of Binghamton, NY


“My dad and stepmom support me and want me to finish high school. They want me to go on in life and have a better life than them. I am going to a two-year college soon. When I am on my own at college, it’s going to be weird because I won’t be in a comfortable place any more.”
– Shane of Binghamton, NY


“I see doctors, scientists, tech-teachers, artists, professors, lawyers, engineers, and veterinarians. When I see these people experimenting and exploring the world, it makes me want to learn and discover new things”
– Jarred of Ithaca, NY


“I was disgruntled and surprised when I heard my grandmother did not graduate from high school… I mean, how can I go fifteen years of my life and not know that my grandmother, who has been coaching me all these years, had not finished high school?”
– Aliyah of Binghamton, NY


“What I need from my environment is some peace and quiet sometimes so I can get my work done.”
– Fancy of Ithaca, NY


“We make sure each other do the work and understand it. My friends and I also make sure that we all do our best in everything we do, from school to sports, doesn’t matter what it is… We support each other.”
– Khiry of Ithaca, NY


“My school is not a dropout factory. I personally do not know anyone who has dropped out of school. My friends’ priority is to go to college, but my friends and I cannot graduate on our own— We need a support system. My support system is my mom.”
– Quintel of Ithaca, NY


“The support I need is people staying up on me and making sure I am following through on becoming a graduate. I want people to do school visits and to come check up on my behavior and my grades.”
– Rashid of Ithaca, NY