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Welcome to Youth Beat! We are a program that focuses on youth ideas, youth creativity, and youth leadership in Columbus, Ohio. We believe that youth can make a difference for themselves and for their community through their actions and words! Hence our slogan: “Voice to empower!”. Youth Beat broadcasts shows influenced, hosted or inspired by youth and we aim to inspire our listeners to go out and make a difference. And, most refreshingly, Youth Beat is a zero advertisement show that will broadcast no political or partisan views. Isn’t that lovely? Youth Beat airs every Monday at 7:30 p.m. on community radio station WCRS LP 102.1 and 98.3 FM.

Youth Beat includes:

  • Feature stories of youth leadership, community involvement, and action
  • Current trends and issues affecting youth
  • Youth perspectives
  • Music and poetry
  • Youth news, events, and other special features


Every day youth are taking the lead and making a difference in improving their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and the environment.  Learn from their experiences and be inspired.  Tune in to Youth Beat to hear what’s happening!

Youth Beat is written and produced by youth from Central Ohio universities, high schools and youth organizations. It is supported by the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, a grant from Ohio State Community Access to Resources and Educational Services program, Puffin Foundation West, and local sponsors. Youth Beat Radio is under the direction of assistant professor, Kristi Lekies, PhD.

Ohio State University Extension embraces human diversity and is committed to ensuring that all research and related educational programs are available to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status. This statement is in accordance with United States Civil Rights Laws and the USDA.

Keith L. Smith, Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration; Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Director, Ohio State University Extension and Gist Chair in Extension Education and Leadership. TDD No. 800-589-8292 (Ohio only) or 614-292-6181

Youth news, events, and other special features