Philly Youth Radio won a $600 grant at Stake #6

Philly Youth Radio

1. Describe the project a STAKE Grant would help you accomplish (100 words):
Philly Youth Radio (PYR) is a project that works with a diverse group of local high school students to produce radio stories about their lives and communities. Through a series of intensive radio workshops, students work closely with professional radio producers to create broadcast-quality stories that have been aired on major media outlets. Our hope is that these stories will promote intergenerational, intercultural dialogue, as well as better understanding about young people’s experiences and contributions in this city. PYR runs project-to-project and a STAKE grant would move us one step forward in beginning our third season.

2. How will you use the grant toward the realization of your project? $750 is your imaginary budget (50 words):
For PYR’s third season, we plan to teach a series of intensive radio production workshops in which we pair youth radio apprentices with adult students to create collaborative audio/visual stories about love and relationships.

Youth radio apprentice stipends: $400
Teaching materials: $150
Snacks/tokens: $100
Outreach materials/listening showcase: $100

3. A little about yourself and what led you to your current creative goals. This may include a previous project of yours, ways it both succeeded and failed (this can be entirely unrelated to your proposal) (100 words):
Yowei Shaw is a freelance reporter and audio producer. Beth Patel is an independent audio producer and youth advocate. PYR’s first installment, “Students of Violence,” has been featured on alt.NPR’s YouthCast, Generation PRX, WHYY, and other media outlets. The overwhelming response to our first project prompted a second “season” of PYR in 2012, titled “Teen Sanctuaries.” Our main challenges include a shortage of time and funding. We feel that we could create better stories with our students if we had more time to work on them together. However, without adequate funding, we make do with the time that we have.

4. Why is this project important? How will it benefit the community? (100 words):
This project helps project the voices of young people in our communities. We ask students to discuss issues that matter to them and then help share their stories on a larger stage. Throughout the process, students improve their writing, editing, and voicing – skills that will be useful long after the project has ended. Most importantly, our students learn to collaborate with adults in a reporter/editor relationship formed through mutual respect and dedication to the best story possible. We feel that our students are leaders in their respective communities and that PYR is important to shaping that leadership.