First Youth Radio Awards
On June 16th 2013, CRF hosted the first Youth Radio Awards to be held on the African continent.
This coincided with Youth Day in South Africa, an important day on the national calendar, as it commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976. All 12 CRF youth radio projects in South Africa submitted entries in five award categories: Best Show, Best Jingle, Best Feature, Best Presenter, and Top Performing Site. Thato, along with his fellow youth reporters from GLFM in Lebowakgomo, won the Best Feature Award for their public service announcement on social grants. He noted that “most of the young people around us know very little about social issues and don’t think before acting. But thanks to our show, this is changing. We are there to make them aware of the things that cause social problems and I feel I have a responsibility toward my community as a young radio presenter”.
CREATE on-going youth-oriented radio shows that address important issues in the community, and stimulate dialogue amongst youth.
TRAIN community members to work as mentors, and with their help, train youth to produce and broadcast their own radio shows.
SUPPORT projects with resources, production tips, monitoring and evaluation tools, and monthly newsletters.
CONNECT youth through an online sharing platform so they can exchange content, interact, and learn from each other.