Raise the Platform 21 June 2014 – community access

The crew of Raise the Platform have conducted some great interviews since first going to air on SYN in July 2013.

Here is another … a chat with Kathryn Beaton about her Guide Dog, Zeke.

Zeke has a Facebook page here (of course!) and you can stay up to date with the Jazzy the Adventure Chair here too!

Raise the Platform is a seasonal program at SYN Media that began as Diversity Program with the support of YDAS

Our Diversity Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community.

Call or email DiversityProgramming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

diversity@syn.org.au

2013: A year of media learning at SYN

Participants of SYN's "Raise The Platform"

Participants of SYN’s “Raise The Platform”

2013 has been an amazing year for the Media Learning Department at SYN Media. We’ve taught hundreds of keen new SYN volunteers and thousands of participants from schools and community groups. We aim to teach media skills and provide access to media platforms for young people all across the community. Here are some of our 2013 highlights:

Queer Youth on Air

Supported by the HEY grants program SYN launched Queer Youth on Air – a summer training program for young people from LGBTIQ backgrounds.

Schools on Air

With the support of the Victorian Department of Education’s Strategic Partnerships Program and the Community Broadcasting Foundation we had another huge year of our Schools on Air program delivering radio shows, tours and workshops with over 3000+ students. You can hear some of their best work with the Best of Schools on Air podcast. We also won the “Excellence in Training” award at the 2013 CBAA awards.

Oxfam and Change Reaction

Change Reaction

We partnered with Oxfam on Change Reaction – a program to  encourage discussion about international aid and development amongst young Australians. Hear their work here.

Regional training

3WAY Training

We delivered training to young people at 3WAY in Warrnambool and EMFM in Echuca and assisted regional community radio stations in applying for the Victorian Government’s Be Heard grants program.

Radio and TV/Screen Training

Tim Training

Our Radio and TV/Screen training team inducted and trained over 40-50 young people per month into the SYN Media community. Our Information Nights regularly booked out throughout the year. Anyone 12-25 can volunteer in 2014 too: http://www.syn.org.au/getinvolved

Paper Fire

Paper Fire

In partnership with Express Media, 100 Story Building and Footscray Primary School we produced Paper Fire – radio plays written and produced by primary school students. Read a great summary of the launch event from 100 Story Building here.

YDAS and Raise The Platform

Raise The Platform

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and SYN partnered on Raise The Platform –  a platform for young people to advocate for and share experiences of young people with disabilities. You can hear some of their podcasts here.

Interfaith/Multifaith programming – Unscriptured and Intersection

Intersection

With support from the Victorian Multicultural Commission we farewelled Unscriptured after a great year of multifaith/interfaith discussion and welcomed Intersection to our programming. Both programs trained young people from diverse faith backgrounds in radio and media skills. Intersection will continue to be on air in 2014.

This is the Face of Australia’s Media

We celebrated our volunteers with “This is the Face of Australia’s Media” –  a showcase of the many types of young people who volunteer at SYN. Find out more at http://www.syn.org.au/ThisIsTheFace

Conferences, presentations and more

GoodChildhood

We spoke at a number of conferences and events across the year including Berry Street’s Good Childhood Conference, the Foundation for Young Australian’s Change It Up program and presenting Youth Engagement Forums across regional Victoria.

ChristmasParty

And on a personal note – it all wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers, trainees, trainers, office staff, teachers, support workers, partners, supporters, advocates, mentors and you! So many people in the community make SYN and our media learning programs a reality and we can’t wait to learn, grow, challenge, experiment and innovate even more in 2014. Thank you for your support.

-JB (Jonathan Brown – Education and Training Manager)

If you’d like to work with SYN Media Learning in 2014 you can find out more at http://www.syn.org.au/learn. Our office will be closed from December 21 to January 5.

Raise the Platform interviews Disability Advocate

Raise the Platform is the weekly hour long radio program that began on 20 July 2013. 

Raise The Platform, is produced and presented by young people who have declared the show “a platform for young people to advocate for, and share experiences of, young people with disabilities.”

The Platformers have covered some interesting topics in the first few weeks of their program, including representation of people with disabilities in popular culture, Disability Care (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) and access to public transport.

On last week’s show the crew chatted with Mo, a Disability Advocate at Latrobe University in Melbourne.  You can listen here.

To tune in to Raise the Platform, head to 90.7 on your FM dial or syn.org,au.

https://www.facebook.com/RaiseThePlatform

https://twitter.com/RaisePlatform

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/raisetheplatform

 

Our Access Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community. 

Call or email Access Programming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

access@syn.org.au

Working to make SYN Media Learning as accessible as possible.

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Tim Hammond (Access Trainer) and Danae Gibson (Access Programming Manager) check out the closest Super Stop available to participants in the Radio Intensive Training workshops held at SYN in July.

SYN Media, in collaboration with Youth Disability Advocacy Services (YDAS), led 14 young people through the initial stages of making media over three exciting days of workshops.

The first challenge was to make sure the training space was accessible by wheelchair (hence the cheesy pic at the Tram Super Stop).

SYN is a fantastic training space for young people but we are resident in an old Carlton building with narrow stairs and no lift.

For the YDAS workshops we used a space in the beautiful Emily McPherson Building, complete with state-of-the-art audio-visual tools.

We are also working to adapt our Training Manual and provided an audio manual before the course began.

The next stage of the project  is the debut of  Raise The Platform, a weekly one hour radio program produced and presented by the workshop participants who have declared the show “a platform for young people to advocate for, and share experiences of, young people with disabilities.”

Our Access Programs provide a unique mix of confidence building, life and job-ready skills and a platform for your voice in the community.  Call or email Access Programming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, to find out more.

03 9925 4192

access@syn.org.au