Venice afterschool program teens to interview State Senator Ted Lieu today


California State Senator Ted Lieu will be interviewed by Fabrizio Marquez, 16, and Anahi Jimenez, 15, who are both participants in Radio/Podcast Club at Neighborhood Youth Association’s (NYA) afterschool program in Venice.

The interview will be recorded today, Oct. 20, at Senator Lieu’s campaign office in Venice.

The recorded interview will be featured in the first episode of On The Record With Neighborhood Youth Association a radio show created by NYA teens.

The episode will be available for live streaming at 5:30 pm PST on Thursday, Oct. 23, after which the episode will be archived for download from NYA’s website at

Anahi and Fabrizio, along with their fellow Radio/Podcast Club students, came up with the idea to have a political segment on the show which also includes entertainment, local sports, fashion and music.

With their interest in politics and the encouragement of Radio/Podcast Club instructor, Kendell Shaffer, the students contacted the Senator’s office who responded enthusiastically. The radio show is the first of its kind for NYA and it will air live on BlogTalk Radio and be archived for download following the broadcast.

Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) provides low income and at-risk youth ages 6-18 with targeted, individualized academic support, social skills and leadership development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning activities, creative writing and arts enrichment, college readiness along with mentoring and scholarships for college undergraduates.

NYA is based in Venice with additional locations in Mar Vista, Mid-City/Koreatown, downtown Los Angeles, and South Los Angeles. NYA boasts a 100 percent on time high school graduation rate with 100 percent of NYA youth going on to college – nearly all are first generation college bound.