Out of the Box International and partners from Belgium (AoB), UK (Peshkar), Serbia (Centrifuge) and North Macedonia (CID) have launched the “Radio for Quality Youth Work” toolkit.
This toolkit will serve as an educational resource for youth workers, NGOs, radio practitioners and other stakeholders to introduce the use of digital radio in their organizations. The aim of the toolkit for radio practitioners is to develop methodology on how to make their radio more youth friendly. This will provide guidance on transforming their broadcasts from being made partially for youth into being made with youth, by youth and increase their listenership.
Tailoring relevant and sustainable youth programming that will bring fresh perspectives, ideas and stories to young people and adult listeners, is the objective of the toolkit. The additional benefit will be exploring how these tools can advance the process of social inclusion. The toolkit hence looks into how the voices of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. young migrants and refugees) girls and young women can become a significant part of radio broadcasting more broadly.
This Toolkit will be shared among youth organizations, schools, other radio practitioners and relevant stakeholders in partner countries and other organizations in partners’ networks that work with young people. The tools developed will serve as a base for dissemination to other national and European youth work processes as well as youth policy processes at local level.
The cross-sectoral cooperation between youth and international/EU organizations and media agencies will feed into improvement of youth work, non-formal learning and raising awareness over positive media influence on life of young people.
The first part of the Toolkit is training curricula for educators and activists to conduct training and learning activities in the field, get youth involved and be mentors for youth.
The second part is composed of methods and practices from youth work and non-formal education, that youth workers can use to introduce and stimulate quality work based activities, when working with young people at local, national or international level motivating them to explore the radio as a tool for their own empowerment.
The Toolkit consists of the following items:
– Input on digital Youth radio and the possibilities to use it;
– Introduction to mentoring in youth work
– Training on digital and broadcasting skills, introducing the elements of the production timeline
– Handouts and resources
The handbook will be published online both in English and in partners languages (in pdf file) and will have a printed version available as well.
The project is implemented by Art of the Box (Belgium), PESHKAR PRODUCTIONS LIMITED (United Kingdom), OUT OF THE BOX INTERNATIONAL (Belgium), Centar za Socijalne Inovacije Centrifuga (Serbia) and CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE ASSOCIATION (The Republic of North Macedonia).