Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment (SAVE)
SAVE is a student group involved in voter empowerment projects that benefit its members, school and community. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that introduces and educates high school students about the democratic process through voter registration, voter education and political involvement programs. SAVE chapters are currently operating at high schools in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California, for example, at Mark Keppel High School. Arsalyn Foundation, SAVE and APIA Vote! have collaborated in the creation of a manual with instructions and advice for high school students on starting and running a similar program of their own. To obtain a complimentary copy of the manual, please contact the .
Community Educational Services and Arsalyn Foundation 1999 Special Project Youth Voice Radio - reaches monolingual and bilingual first generation youth and adult Americans
Community Educational Services (CES) is a nonprofit organization established in 1969 to empower youth to enhance their educational and economic opportunities as well as their ability to become active leaders of social change in their communities. Based in San Francisco, CA, CES pursues its goal through four primary programs: Asian Community Teens Organized for Neighborhood Empowerment (ACT ONE), Applied Learning and Linkages (ALL), English Literacy and Learning (ELL), and Revitalizing Education and Learning (REAL).
The mission of ACT ONE is to unite Asian youth and encourage them to focus on concerns beyond themselves and to make positive changes for their community. Young people want to know and are concerned about issues that affect their community. As CES is based in the Chinatown/North Beach area of San Francisco, we thought that a bilingual radio program would be the ideal way to reach the population of monolingual first generation youth and adult Americans. CES created its first youth-led, youth-hosted and youth produced Youth Voice Radio show in 1999. Youth Voice Radio airs on the first, third and fifth Friday of every month on AM 1450.
The goal of Youth Voice is to inform and educate youth, their families and community members in making sound personal decisions, understanding community issues and getting involved in community improvement efforts. Youth Voice Radio has aired serious shows on topics like civic participation and voting, cultural/generation gaps, volunteerism, interracial dating, program marketing and fun shows on topics such as internet dating, rave parties and youth opinion about Y2K. Some of the shows that are in production address teen gambling, school truancy and access to youth services. Other shows will address youth rights, overcoming media stereotypes and personal growth.
Since the shows inception, the young leaders of ACT ONEs Youth Voice Radio have had successes as well as challenges. The quality of the show has improved enormously with experience. Pleased with the improving quality of the show, the radio station sponsoring Youth Voice Radio granted Youth Voice free airtime for six months. Listeners are also responding to contests during the shows.
Finding time for production has been the biggest challenge. Due to the limited number of hours the youth can devote to the project, Youth Voice Radio is constantly strapped for production time. However, the benefits of doing the show are immeasurable for the organization as well as the youth involved. If your community is interested in starting its own radio show, here are some tips and things to think about before embarking.
Things to Consider before Starting a Community Radio Show
Identify the Goal or Purpose of Your Radio Show
- What needs will be met by providing this service?
- What is the purpose of starting this project?
- Is there an existing program already?
Identify Your Target Audience
- Who will be your listeners?
- What can your audience get by listening to you?
- How can you capture your audience?
- How will you know whether people are listening?
Talk to Local Radio Stations about Cost and Availability of Airtime
- Which stations will you ask to air your show?
- What time slots are available?
- Is the airtime appropriate for your target audience?
Secure Funding and Human Resources
- Who might be interested in funding this project?
- Who will recruit participants and how?
- Who can you ask to provide training?
- Voice training
- Hosting techniques
- Interviewing skills
- Research skills
- Script writing
- Audio engineering
Steps for Show Production
Brainstorm. Decide on a topic for the show. Think about hot issues or concerns in the community.
Research. Find facts to support your topic. Decide where youll find the data.
Format. Decide on a format. Will you include a skit, prize giveaway or other techniques to attract listeners?
Outline. Develop a framework for the show. Know what aspects of your show will go first and last.
Timeline. Think about how long you want to spend talking about each key point.
Roles. Determine who will do what. Who are the hosts, researchers and technical support? Distribute the responsibilities.
Scripting. Take time to script your ideas or thoughts and what you are going to say.
Interviews. Go get on-street and expert interviews. Think about inviting a guest speaker.
Practice and Recording. Take time to practice before actual recording to save on resources.
Editing. If it is a prerecorded show you will need to allocate time to edit the show.
Production and Airtime Cost
Excluding staff time, you will need approximately $5,000-$10,000 for purchasing equipment, depending on the quality and brand of equipment you choose to buy. The cost of airtime will vary by station. Youth Voice Radio has been very fortunate to get a community rate of $50 for a 15-minute show. As mentioned above, the radio station has also given Youth Voice Radio free airtime due to the improving quality and success of the show.
The above is simply general information to consider. If your organization is seriously considering starting a community radio show, Youth Voice Radio encourages you to contact them for technical assistance at (415) 982 0615 extension 20, or at .
Arsalyn and LA Youth
Arsalyn Foundation and LA Youth published a Youth Voter Report in the September/October 1998 issue of LA Youth a newspaper by and about Los Angeles teens. LA Youth was founded in 1988 in response to the Supreme Court Hazelwood decision that allowed school administrators to censor high school publications. LA Youth has a pass-on readership of 300,000. A Teachers Guide is also distributed with each issue to stimulate class discussions and for writing assignments.
Combining our respective interests, the Youth Voter Report includes articles on teen participation in the YMCA Youth and Government program, articles exploring possibilities for women running for the office of the President of the U.S. and articles making the case for political involvement, listing various organizations and ways to make your voice heard. Illustrations include "The Votatious Adventures of Voteman" and a Youth Politics Survey, which was adapted from a more comprehensive survey by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press on popular attitudes toward government. Over 100 young people mailed in their responses to the survey, the results of which were printed in the November/December issue of LA Youth.
View the Youth Politics Survey results
Arsalyn and X-PAC
Arsalyn Foundation and X-PAC are working together to share the experiences of X-PAC's Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign in movie theaters for the 1998 general election. X-PAC is an organization committed to the education and promotion of a new generation of political leaders and community activists. The movie theater PSA campaign was one part of X-PAC's multimedia Young Voter Project '98.
Placing a public service announcement is a cost-effective means to deliver a message to a young audience. For less than $1,300 - including the cost of creating and copying slides X-PAC's reminder to vote appeared in over 200 Act III Theater auditoriums in Oregon before approximately 1,356,667 people. While 18-34 year-olds represent 35% of the population, they represent 48% of moviegoers. X-PAC's message reached approximately 648,487 people aged 18-34 in the month before the November 3rd general election.
Learn more about using PSA's in movie theaters and X-PAC's Young Voter Project '98.