Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative


PSU to present Youth Radio Workshop at National Education Conference

April 22, 2013 by admin in Feature, PYMC Supported Projects

PYMC is proud to support Philadelphia Student Union sending students to attend and present a Radio Workshop at the Free Minds, Free People Conference in Chicago, July 11-14th.

Read the full proposal below:

1. In a few sentences, outline the proposed activity.

The Philadelphia Student Union workshop Youth Radio 101: Amplifying Youth Voice, was accepted for the 2013 Free Minds, Free People conference in Chicago. Youth radio producers from PSU’s radio program, On Blast, will facilitate this workshop. In addition to facilitating this workshop, PSU members will get to attend workshops and connect with other young people from across the nation who also make media and organize around education for liberation.

Here is the description of our youth-led workshop that has been submitted to Free Minds, Free People:

Are you a young person with something to say? Want to learn how radio production can be an organizing tool? Youth-produced radio is a valuable opportunity to promote intergenerational dialogue and empower young people. This hands-on workshop will be an introduction to youth radio, interviewing and incorporating audio storytelling into our movements. Participants will gain a better knowledge of youth radio and learn the skills to collect interviews for telling compelling stories for social change.

Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, high school and college students, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.

2. How will this stipend help support this activity?

This stipend will make this activity possible. We requested scholarship from the conference,

but only received a third of what we requested (we received $400). We need to bring our two youth facilitators/media makers, our youth media organizer and two youth leaders from PSU.

3. How will youth benefit from this activity?

On Blast is our monthly podcast and an organizing tool for the Philadelphia Student Union. We know that young people’s voices need to be heard for real structural change to take place in our public schools. At On Blast, we choose subject matter that amplifies the voices of those not being heard– especially young people– and those who are routinely hurt and misrepresented by the dominant media. This opportunity would allow our On Blast team to share skills and knowledge with other young leaders. The chance to meet other young media makers at Free Minds, Free People would be an important moment for future collaboration. Additionally, meeting other youth media makers is essential for young people to feel encouraged about their work and allows them to feel less isolated in the media landscape.

In a world where young people see education constantly in reform at the hands of adults, PSU, in conjunction with our media programs, seeks to amplify youth voice. As young people continue to be pushed out of conversations around school reform and public safety because of the stereotypes of young people as unruly and uncooperative, we make youth media to change those narratives. By making youth media, all young people better understand their value and contributions to their city, community, and school. By teaching others how to use and create youth media, we are amplifying youth voice across the nation.

Finally, giving our youth radio producers the chance to facilitate a workshop on this scale will be important to their development as leaders and facilitators. Through our organization’s leadership development “ladder”, we see facilitation as a critical skill set for youth to develop. By having to facilitate a workshop with young people and adults from across the country, we are taking this step in leadership development further.

4. Will youth be involved in the planning of this activity?

Young people have already been involved with designing the proposal and the curriculum of the workshop. They will continue to plan their workshop as the conference approaches.

5. How will the documentation and results of this project be shared back with the PYMC community?

We will document the workshop in both audio (it’s a workshop on youth radio, after all!) and photography. Additionally, all students who participate in the conference will work together on both the media that we bring back and on blog posts that re-cap their experiences. This media and all blog posts will be available for reproduction on the PYMC website. Finally, we would be happy to report-back to PYMC about what we learned and connections formed at the Free Minds, Free People.

6. What is your proposed implementation date?

The Free Minds, Free People conference is the 11th-14th of July. Upon receiving funding, we could begin implementing plans immediately for van rental and accommodations.

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