MetroBeatTV’s Student Voices program on teen smoking has been awarded a Heartland Regional Emmy Award in Denver for the best youth/children program. The awards are given each year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in all the regional U.S. television markets. Student Voices is broadcast several times a week on MetroBeat TV, a community television collaboration between Comcast and Denver area municipalities that serves much of the state’s Front Range. The winning program dealt with the issue of limiting access to tobacco products among teens as well as educating them about the hazards of smoking. Students interviewed a state Senator and public health official as part of the program. The Student Voices program, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a non-partisan civic education program designed to improve the dialogue of democracy among our nation’s young people and encourage their civic engagement. Student Voices also recently received a Lone Star Emmy for a documentary on school finance by PBS affiliate KERA in Dallas, Texas.