Kids These Days is an independently-funded, award-winning radio program that aired on stations across Alaska from 2010-2012. This archive of all 84 one-hour shows is a wealth of information and advice for families raising children. Each week, Kids These Days host Shana Sheehy, Executive Producer Sarah Gonzales and Contributor Jessica Cochran, along with featured guests that included many state and national experts, provided in-depth examination of a range of parenting topics. Kids These Days was made possible by the Association of Alaska School Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement, an initiative funded by the US Dept. of Education to provide Alaskans with information, tools and assistance to work together and engage in the shared responsibility of preparing Alaska’s children and youth for the future.
Being Young in Rural Alaska #7: Solving the Childcare Crisis in Rural Alaska
Finding quality, affordable childcare for young children can be a challenge anywhere in Alaska. It’s especially difficult in rural Alaska’s hub communities where the cost of living is high and space is often hard to find. The lack of childcare becomes a factor in attracting professionals to jobs at regional health and other organizations. In the next installment of our series “Being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Anne Hillman takes a look at how some communities are trying to meet the challenge.
Being Young in Rural Alaska #2: The Need for Alaska Native Teachers
Alaska Native students make up nearly one-quarter of the student body in the state, but only five percent of teachers are Alaska Native. And new research from UAA shows despite years of effort, it’s been difficult to get more Native educators into Alaska Schools. In the next installment of our “Being Young in rural Alaska” series, from the producers of Kids These Days, Sarah Gonzales takes a closer look at the problem.
Episode 4: Transitioning to Adulthood with Mental Health Challenges
Kids with mental health challenges eventually grow up and become adults. So how do caregivers and communities help them as they make this major transition? And, since many psychological conditions begin in early adulthood – how can parents, friends and even, colleges, help them understand and learn to manage their own mental health?
In-studio guests: Barry Andres, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Manager of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Department at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services where one division, the Transitional Aged Youth Program, helps young people move from one form of care to another and Georgia DeKeyser, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and the Associate Director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Health and Counseling Center.
Episode 3: Mental Health at School
Kids can experience mental health issues and kids spend a lot of time at school. So what happens at school when a student needs extra help - for a temporary mental health issue or a long-term diagnosis? How do schools respond and are they a place to find help? Parents, when should you talk to the school about a child's difficulties - is it a phase, is it affecting academics?
In-studio guests: Bonnie Thurston, Director of Intensive School & Community Based Services at Denali Family Services and Sally Donaldson, middle school counselor at D’zantikiheeni Middle School in Juneau.
Episode 2: Caregivers with Mental Health Challenges
When mom or dad - or any caregiver of children - struggles with mental health issues it will affect the whole family. On this program we discuss how caregivers can find support for an array of challenges - from long-term diagnoses like depression and bipolar to temporary concerns caused by abuse or difficult relationships. Plus, how open should caregivers be about their mental health issues, support for living with an alcoholic family member and how poverty + depression go hand-in-hand.
In-studio guests: Francine Harbour, executive director of the Anchorage affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Virginia McCaslin, shelter manager at Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC).
Episode 1: Responding a Mental Health Crisis
In the first of the special, 4-part series on Family Mental Health, we take a look at what you would need to know if your family experiences a mental health crisis. When do you ask for help? Where do you find help? What if it’s the caregiver who’s in need? And what if it’s a child who’s struggling?
In-studio guests: Randee Shafer, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kimberly Pettit, a co-founder of the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Providence Alaska Medical Center where she is currently the Behavioral Health Manager, and Paul Cornils, the Executive Director of Alaska Youth and Family Network.
Excellently researched and produced show
This show was on public radio in AK for years and I loved the perspectives it brought on raising children. The quality of this show was amazing, with national and international expert guests, to rural Alaskan voices. I’m glad to find it a podcast now.