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In partnership with the International AIDS Society, the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu, we are proud to launch the Youth Voices multimedia campaign. This advocacy initiative highlights the stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Our project shares the personal stories of youth from South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania to ensure that their voices are heard in the global response to HIV. 

In 2014, two million adolescents (aged 10-19) were living with HIV globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa HIV was the leading cause of death. This past weekend was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a moment to draw attention to this stark reality. But if we want to enable change, we must amplify the voices of young people infected and affected by HIV, to actively shape HIV programmes and investment priorities that respond to their specific...

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Every year the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) draws crowds to Cape Town for a week long festival of Jazz. Alongside the awesome music, the CTIJF runs an Arts Journalism training program, and this year, three CRF youth facilitators and one youth participant have been accepted into the training!

Andile Msomi (Durban), Neorisha Julius (Atlantis), Mfundo Dafeti (Nyanga) and Sammy Ramodike (Alexandra) have been selected to receive scholarships for the Arts Journalism and Arts Journalists Mentorship program. All applicants had to write an essay to qualify for scholarships offered by the CTIJF, and these young journos were successful.

Sammy and Mfundo have been accepted in the Arts Journalism course which is facilitated by arts journalist Gwen Ansell. The programme is for qualified journalists, freelance writers and journalism students and is the longest running trainee initiative for the Cape...

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18-year-old Thembela Booi has recently been appointed to host the Top 30 Chart show every Saturday morning at Nkqubela FM (KQFM) in Port Elizabeth! Thembela has been a passionate young reporter with the Children’s Radio Foundation project since 2014, and is part of the ‘Live Wire’ team. In this blog post he shares some of his journey as a young reporter, some of his highlights of working at KQFM, and a short audio clip of his show!

“I was born in King Williams Town and moved to Port Elizabeth, Kwazakhele at a very young age. I am currently a first year student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University studying logistics management.

My roles in the project:
My roles have evolved over the years and have allowed me to experience different journeys. I have so far been privileged to play all the roles that are available in the group. I have researched, produced, and grew from from co-hosting to...

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‘Mungongo ya Mwana’ (the voice of a child) is one of our projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that provides a media platform to Kinshasa-based street youth to talk about issues affecting them and reach out to the community at large to reduce the levels of discrimination against street kids, and discourage the child witchcraft accusation phenomenon that is critical in children being sent to street.

After a successful pilot phase in 2015, the 20 newly trained young reporters have been producing and pre-recording their weekly radio shows using the various radio formats, including audio interview, audio commentary, audio profiling, audio debate, PSA and others.

The group is preparing to launch this weekend its broadcast program at the local partner radio station REMAG based at the local market of Gambela in Kinshasa. Young reporters have been producing and pre-recording weekly shows since the...

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photo by Sydelle Willow Smith

In the lead-up to the International AIDS Conference taking place in July in Durban, South Africa, CRF is making sure young voices are present on that platform.

In partnership with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Makhulu Productions, the team has started a series of audio slideshow trainings, kicking-off with a of a group of young people in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The main objective of the workshop was for them to have all the tools to convey their own perspectives and experience on HIV prevention and service delivery,  through pictures and sound. Two stories were chosen by the group and are currently being documented.

The training, funded by the International AIDS Society will then be taken to Tanzania and Zambia in the next two months.

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