The Regional Youth Radio Program aims to increase young people’s participation in activities that strengthen their opportunities to have a voice, as well as their connection and belonging to their communities.
The Regional Youth Radio Program is an initiative of the Office for Regional Youth and administered by the Department of Communities and Justice.
Projects funded by the Regional Youth Radio program
The 15 projects from throughout regional NSW which will be funded by the Regional Youth Radio program are listed below.
2BOB Youth Find Their Voice
Two rounds of community radio training at the local community radio station for up to 10 young people, designed and run by former 2BOB Radio youth presenters, resulting in participants running shows independently in their final week.
headspace Orange Podcast Project
The project will be led by and provide podcast training to the headspace Orange Youth Reference Group, and result in a series of podcast episodes focusing on personal experiences of diverse young people and advice from clinicians relating to mental health and issues facing young people in regional communities.
Betoota to Broken Hill - Regional Youth Podcast
Training for young people provided by the Betoota Advocate podcast team. The content created by the young people will be broadcast by project partner 2DryFM.
Yarning on Country
One Mob Radio, as part of Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, will take groups of young people out on Country to yarn and learn radio skills and techniques to empower young people to become stronger and prouder in cultural identity and learn parts of local Gumbaynggirr Language by telling their own stories. Content created will be played on One Mob Radio.
TDT Talk Lab
Free online podcast training and peer mentoring with coaching support for young people with a disability to create podcast episodes and connect with broadcasters to establish a live radio presence.
Far West Youth Careers and Education Podcast Program
Two-day training workshop for 10 local young people with a former ABC broadcaster and a podcast specialist in Broken Hill, followed by ten-week supported program to develop a careers-focussed podcast series.
Youth Express Radio Project
This project will enable UNE-Life's TUNE!FM station to operate one day a week from ‘The Youthie’, and support up to 10 young people to complete Certificate III Screen and Media through the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) while being mentored by TUNE!FM's Station Manager.
Youth Cultural Identity (Y.Cult I.D.)
The project will involve 10 young people between 14 - 24 to conduct a radio show and receive on-air and post-production radio training each week over 12 months. The group will also meet to collaborate and learn, and focus on progressing female artists through issues of inclusion, diversity and gender equality.
Young Sounds of the Shoalhaven
Commission five up-and-coming Shoalhaven singer/songwriters under 24 to write and perform a song/piece of music reflecting their life and experiences in the Shoalhaven to be recorded and distributed through Triple U. Young people will be mentored by an experienced songwriter/musician and interviewed by Triple U youth presenters for downloadable podcasts about their experiences as young musicians in the Shoalhaven.
#wehearyou will provide training in podcast production to up to 10 young people and create audio interviews with community members with lived experience or field experts on issues important to young people, as part of a podcast series.
KYS Youth Radio Project
The project will employ and train a team of youth leaders to drive production of an informative and fun youth radio program of podcasts and other media for on-demand listeners.
Creative Education and Employment Pathways
The project will train ten young people in communications, radio, marketing, storytelling, interviewing and podcasting and link them with local businesses and organisations to produce a podcast series about their roles in the local community, and build career pathways for the young people. The podcast series will be broadcast on THE ENDFM youth radio station and website.
Listening on Country: Preserving Elders’ and Indigenous leaders’ stories
This project provides young people aged 12-15 with the skills to develop a youth-led culturally competent podcasting framework to produce a podcast series on Elders and Aboriginal leaders in Dubbo and Wagga Wagga.
In this project young people will be enabled to develop and produce a regular youth-focused podcast. When they've completed training, young people will be responsible for creating weekly content and a feature story each month as individuals.
The project will provide 24 young people with the opportunity to participate in eight podcast workshops culminating in the creation of individual podcasts to be broadcast on BayFM Community Radio and available for streaming.
Applications for the Regional Youth Radio Program were open from Thursday 9 December 2021 to Friday 28 January 2022.
Due to the high quality and significant demand for the program, the total funding was expanded to $200,000. All successful projects were selected from the same application round and subject to the original project guidelines and assessment process.
Eligible applicants include:
- regional NSW councils
- incorporated not-for-profit organisations in regional NSW (including community radio stations, youth radio stations and youth groups).
Applicants must have engaged with young people and involved them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.
Refer to the program guidelines for all other eligibility requirements including eligible and ineligible projects.
Program information and resources
The following resources and tools were available to support potential applicants with their applications:
- Applications opened: 9am on Thursday, 9 December 2021
- Applications closed: 5pm on Friday, 28 January 2022
- Successful projects announced: Thursday, 7 April 2022
For more information and support with your application, please contact email@example.com.