Youth Radio was at an event that Yelp hosted especially for non-profit organizations just last night. The event was something different than anything I’ve been to. All the organizations had a table and promoted to the Yelp members their organization and what they were there for.
There were a lot of people at the event but surprisingly enough there wasn’t anyone over the age of 40 there. Most people were in their late 20s early 30s new to the Bay Area who didn’t know about our organization that’s been around since the late 80s. This event was for all ages but the 21 and younger crowd needed to rock a red bracelet allowing the bartenders to know that they are not allowed to be served alcoholic beverages. From what I’ve seen at the event, Youth Radio was the only organization with representatives with people under the age of 21.
I along with 5 other interns and 2 supervisors were not only at our table giving information about our newest program, Youth Radio Eats, we also walked around interviewing and video recording the event, asking people if they knew much about our organization.
There were many people who felt comfortable talking to the microphone as if it wasn’t even there and many that were also stuttering while the microphone was in their face but talked perfectly fine and comfortably to the person without a recording device in their face. Also, there were plenty of people who approached US and asked US what we were all about walking around with all these equipment that most college students who take these courses only get to see, let alone touch and use.
You see, the wonderful thing about our program is that we are a very hands on experience type of organization. We believe that the best way to learn is to do it yourself. You can sit there and read about theories and practices all you want but if you don’t have experience with the equipment, it will mean nothing.
We went up on stage and spit some rhymes just to give people a taste of what Youth Radio is all about which is not limited to video production, journalism writing, music production and much more. Our newest program is of course healthy foods; which not only teaches students about nutrition but also serve students apart of our organization a healthy example every Friday night for dinner. We also teach students about the food deserts and food justice that’s going around the world.
The event itself was so great. I met so many new people, new organizations and we all potentially are trying to reach the same goal which is trying to change the world for a better place and to show people what youth’s are capable of.
Published By Susana