Summary of organization/program
Youth in 57 Minutes project assists youth, who are inactive or who feel under represented by mainstream media, get involved in their own radio program.
Youth between the ages of 15-25 in the Lower Mainland.
- This volunteer based radio station would be space for young people to be introduced to the world of radio broadcasting and to build communication, radio, and media skills. The project establishes an accessible space where young people and youth service agencies can share their experiences and circulate information about services and support network for youth. Kinex and KAYA launched this programme by facilitating inclusive group dynamics, providing capacity building workshops, as well as facilitation skill workshops, and youth engagement training. Some of the issues raised by past work on Y:57 concerning the youth are quite varied and include: health, labour issues, resources, global issues, English as a second language, sexuality and poverty
- Stemming from the GETOUT initiative sponsored by the city of Vancouver to support youth in their pursuit of the arts, culture and recreation. Youth in 57 Minutes(Y57) is a youth-run and youth-focused radio show being broadcast through the Vancouver Co-op Radio, 102.7 FM. This 100% volunteer based radio show introduces youth to the world of radio broadcasting and helps them build valuable communication skills.
Dominant Media Forms
At Y57 the belief is that by fostering youth engagement, young people will become more participatory citizens, create social change, and become more active in building their communities.
Statement of Principles
- This project creates an accessible space where young people and youth service agencies can share their experiences and circulate information about services and support networks for youth.
- Through the use of this volunteer based radio station and youth service agencies, young people can learn communication, radio, and media skills as they interact with their peers, promote youth initiatives throughout the community and discuss youth issues. Y57’s current motto is “for-youth, by-youth – speak-up, and speak out”, which reflects the groups mandate to engage young people in today’s community. The radio show drives youth engagement with current issues, showcases youth talent to build confidence in their abilities, and provides positive peer role models for the target audience of 15-25 year olds.
Samples of work