Partnering with UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education, we have an established national Young Reporters Network in South Africa. Youth at 18 community radio stations across the country broadcast programs on a wide range of issues and share their content beyond their community through SoundCloud. Tackling topics like violence, health and teen relationships, these 268 youth reporters broadcast in 11 languages, reaching over
1,6 million listeners each week.
In other projects, we experiment with different approaches for using radio to grow youth leaders. We have developed a radio station at a high school to give young school children the space to produce and broadcast their own stories.
HEALTH RADIO PROJECTS
In our Future Positive project, a collaboration with Medecins Sans Frontieres, we work with a group of youth who reach out to young people in their community about HIV and AIDS. These youth work in partnership with Nolungile Youth Clinic and Radio Zibonele, a local radio station to create a lively, open space for HIV infected and affected youth to hold open candid conversations. These spaces serve as platforms that amplify the voices of these change-makers in developing messages and programs relevant to their lived realities. Future Positive has been so successful that we are scaling up to three additional sites around the country: namely Moutse in Limpopo, Alice in the Eastern Cape and Qwa-Qwa in the Free State.
STATION STAFF TRAINED AS FACILITATORS | 268 YOUTH TRAINED AS REPORTERS