Sounds Positive is a project co-ordinated here at the Regional Youth Work Unit. It was funded by those lovely people at the Big Lottery who listened when young people in the South West cried out in despair at their local media image. We are now looking for other funds to support it.
What is it all about?
Sounds Positive helps young people with their media image. It’s as simple as that (with a few added extras thrown in the hat for luck). Here at Sounds Positive we provide training for groups of young people aged 11-18 in the South West who wish to become media champions and act as the voice of young people locally.We also we work closely with UK Youth Parliament to help publicize the effort that they put in to getting young people’s voices heard with local, regional and national decision makers.
Here are our objectives:
Young people receive training in media relations to become media champions and act as spokespeople with the media on issues concerning young people.
Every media champion will record at least 10 contributions to local media over the course of one year
Media organisations to have a young person involved in their editorial process.
Positive coverage in the South West of young people.
Well I’m glad that you asked. Sounds Positive have written a media guide for 11-18 year olds only. No adults allowed! Only joking - in fact adults like it too. There’s no waffle or jargon in the guide, it’s packed full of helpful hints and tips and practical advice instead. We thought it would be more helpful that way.
We use this guide a lot in the training, in fact every young person that takes part will leave with their very own media guide to keep.
The basic level of training involves writing press releases, being involved in interviews, how to tackle ‘danger’ questions, promoting your event or campaign, and creating a short informational film.
There’s more in-depth training too about writing articles for a newspaper.
'Writing is a powerful force for social change' Jake aged 16 Somerset - MYP
'It's great that I can see I am making an impact on my community' Member of Youth News Team, Crediton
Rachel Henderson from Participation Matters held focus groups with media champions involved with Sounds Positive to evaluate it’s progress at the end of year four. All of the young people’s opinions of the project were extremely positive showing Sounds Positive has had a real impact on young people’s lives and the community in which they live. If you have any questions or to view the report please contact Sounds Positive on the email below.
Interested in finding out more?
To contact Sharon, the Youth Participation Specialist, Telephone: 01823 365441 or email.