SPOT 127 is a community engagement and outreach service that mentors youth in digital media production through after-school, in-school and summer boot camp programs.
Participants get hands-on experience in developing and producing and news stories and other original digital content. Their work is featured on SPOT 127’s social media channels and website, and news stories may be selected to air on KJZZ-FM.
The History of SPOT 127
SPOT 127 is in its second year, but its roots reach back to 2007, when KJZZ piloted its Teen Radio Project. The program sent skilled journalists into local high schools to work with at-risk students.
In 2011, with the support of Rio Salado College and Friends of Public Radio Arizona, KJZZ expanded the project into SPOT 127. The youth media center opened its doors in West Phoenix in the summer of 2012 and now serves more than 300 students per year.
SPOT 127 created the Korva Coleman Excellence Awards in 2013 to recognize outstanding work from youth across the country. Today, the national awards honor young people who produce digital work in audio, video and online print. Winners receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
In April 2014, Carstens Family Funds established the Carstens Family Funds Scholarships. The generous scholarship for SPOT 127 graduates covers the total cost of attending any Maricopa Community College District college.