Pam Cosby was tired. Tired of hearing about delinquent youths, tired of hearing them complain about not being heard and especially tired of hearing about the rapidly spreading negativity among the teen set.

So she decided to launch a radio talk show geared toward young adults. The show would provide a forum for young people and give adults a chance to understand them better. That was four years ago, and Cosby, a mother of four, is proud to announce that the show, Dilemma of American Youth, is a success. It is broadcast on KLLB Radio 1510 in South Jordan."The show is just geared to everyone - teens, elementary through high school students and college students, too," Cosby said. "I just decided (youths) needed to voice their opinions. I wanted to show some positivity about them for a chance."

D.A.Y. is a nonprofit organization "founded to help alleviate the pressures our pre-teens and teenagers deal with daily." It produces the radio show twice weekly, on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cosby solicits guests from area schools. She maintains there are no criteria for who can be a guest.

"Anyone can come on the show," she says. In the past, guests have included a dramatic improvisation troupe from West High, a teen from an abusive household and a suicidal youth, referred by a friend of a friend. Cosby also targets counselors, religious and community leaders and teachers who can provide answers to the questions youths have.

"They feel really comfortable among their peers. They get really emotional, but they're very sincere. This is how they feel," Cosby said.

Stephen Carter, 22, has worked on the show for the past two months. He's hosted 1 to 10 guests at a time on his Thursday afternoon show but says there are typically five or six in the studio.

"It's a lot of fun," Carter said. "It's an interview, but it's more one-to-one."

That's Cosby's goal: to provide a comfortable forum for folks of all ages to exchange ideas and work through the problems of contemporary life.

Tracie King, a production manager, helps Cosby develop ideas and questions for the show. She thinks such a show is of vital importance.

"Children do a lot of stuff for attention. Adults get attention and young kids get attention, but the teen years are when no one really pays you much attention," said King, a mother of two boys. "The show gives them a voice."

During February, Cosby and her small group of helpers at Dilemma of American Youth are showcasing the artistic talents of Salt Lake area youths. The show, "Artistic Views in Four Mediums" at the Ritz Gallery in Sandy, features two Cottonwood High students. Vibrant, psychedelic oils on canvas, multicultural sculptures, pencil drawings, photos and jewelry - actually six mediums - are exhibited. More than 120 people turned out for opening night last week, Cosby said, which was a pleasant surprise.

The gallery is D.A.Y.'s latest endeavor, and Cosby notes that while the group's time is up in the 9197 S. 700 East space at the end of the month, she's working hard to keep it open permanently. "The Ritz" was Cosby's response to gallery owners turning her very talented son Clintel away because he is a high school student and doesn't have a college degree - yet.

"Teens are just begging to get their art in," Cosby said. "I opened it up for all young people." Gallery hours are 3 to 8 p.m.