YouthFM set to support the development and training of young people
Lottery funded project will deliver training programmes across community venues in North Birmingham
Dean Kavanagh | Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Switch Radio is delivering a radio project across north-east Birmingham which will enhance the soft skills and life chances of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of our region. The YouthFM project will deliver a series of training programmes across community venues and schools in the region, allowing young people to pick up skills in all areas of broadcasting. The project will also encourage young people to generate audio content for radio broadcast. The project, funded by The National Lottery's Awards for All scheme, is a 12-week programme which aims to help improve the skill set of young people, helping them feel more confident, less anxious, and allowing to embrace their creativity. 

The project was borne from local research in which young people told us they felt excluded from youth activities because they felt intimidated by the larger groups present at mainstream youth clubs. Worsening the problem, they also told us their opportunities for creative pursuits at school had reduced significantly in recent years and they welcomed the opportunity to do something imaginative that took their minds of the stress of exams. 

Station Manager, Dean Kavanagh, said: "This project is a great opportunity for us to use the unique setting of community radio to help young people overcome some of their anxieties around getting involved in the creative industry."

For more information about the project, or to get involved, you can contact the project lead, Terri-anne Coope


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