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November 2, 2017- Father John Ryan, C.S.C., second from left, receives a check for $10,000 from Kyle Morris, assistant manager of the Best Buy Store in Wilkes-Barre Township.

The Mass Communications Department at King’s received a grant from the Best Buy Foundation that will be used for an expansion of the Mass Communications Youth Leadership Program, an outreach program for juniors and seniors at local high schools. 

The program will utilize video production equipment and web streaming services purchased through the grant as well as existing radio and television studios to educate students regarding 21st century technology skills.

The program began last spring and drew students from Meyers and West Scranton high schools.  Visits from Meyers and West Scranton as well as Lakeland High School have been scheduled for this fall.  High schools participating in the fall will be invited for a spring trip to allow students to build upon skills acquired in previous visits. 

High schools interested in participating in the program can contact Scott Weiland, Ph.D., chair of the King’s Department of Mass Communications at

Shown, from left, is Jeffrey Baka, home theater supervisor, Wilkes-Barre Township Best Buy; Jillian Orr, hiring coordinator of the Wilkes-Barre Township Best Buy; Morris; Father Ryan; and Weiland.