We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
The ‘Bigger than Life’ young reporters from Alex FM are one of the youth reporter groups in South Africa sharing knowledge about issues like gun and gender-based violence.
On March 21st, Human Rights Day we shared this video story about Monica and her fellow youth reporters from Alex FM and the work they are doing to develop effective strategies to decrease violence and crime.
Youth reporters work with each other to draw from their own realities of gun violence and create solutions that protect the human right to live free from harm. In partnership with Gun Free South Africa and the European Union, young people in South Africa are creating the future they want for themselves and their communities.
Stay tuned for more stories from this project.
World Radio Day 2018 has come and gone, and we are richer for it! Young reporters from across our projects in Africa celebrated RADIO and its power to connect, advocate, and mobilize for positive transformation.
Across Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, youth reporters create radio broadcasts to address a range of human rights issues they face in order to improve their lives, communities, and beyond. For World Radio Day 2018, an annual UNESCO observance day, youth reporters shared their ideas and thoughts on the power of RADIO. They sent us their photos and quotes answering ‘What does radio mean to you?’ which we shared across our social media platforms for World Radio Day. We are proud and deeply grateful to work with so many courageous and committed young people, mentors, radio station staff, partners and supporters!
Here are a handful of the inspiring and powerful...
Our pop-up radio station recently surfaced again, this time in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Menell Media Exchange 2017!
Young Reporters from Mamelodi’s community radio station Mams FM 92.9 and Alexandra Township’s ALEX FM 89.1 joined hundreds of reporters, producers, journalists, and presenters from commercial and public service media at the Duke Mennel Media Exchange conference. We hosted a pop-up radio booth which narrow-casted in the conference venue, where the youth reporters go to speak ‘on-air’ to people working in the journalism sector.
Three young people also presented in a Community Journalism spotlight workshop about how they manage their roles as youth reporters and what the experience has done for their self confidence and interest in the world around them.
Alex FM presenter Neo “Cappuccino” Dithloiso (pictured) says: “My highlights were networking with the big players and interviewing influential people...
The #IASYouthVoices initiative returns with new stories from young people on how HIV affects their lives. ‘PrEP and Proud’ is Kyle’s story, the first in a series of six powerful films from across Africa.
“I feel like most young men who have sex with men are invisible in the eyes of health workers.” – Kyle, Johannesburg, South Africa.
In collaboration with the International AIDS Society, filmmakers Makhulu and photographer Sydelle Willow Smith, we share new stories and perspectives of youth who are speaking out about their experiences and needs in the HIV response. Kyle is a 21 year old man living in Johannesburg, South Africa. He speaks about the challenges of accessing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.
We are in post production with Makhulu on more stories from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These films will be shared ahead of the...
The Optimistic Youth Reporters from Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha have been part of an exciting audio exchange with a group of young people called Dreamsquad in the Bronx in New York City. The youth finally met up in a live video link earlier this month after several weeks of exchanging recordings about issues in their communities.
Dreamsquad is a group of young people who participate in after school art programmes at the organisation DreamYard, which is based in the Bronx, in New York, USA. DreamYard is one of the largest arts providers in the Bronx and a nationally recognized community arts organization that uses the arts, digital tools, and social justice to transform students, schools, and communities.
Dreamsquad were trained in foundational radio techniques by CRF’s Linda Daniels ahead of the exchange. Both groups of young people underwent a community mapping exercise where they identified major...