SYN offers young people aged 12-25 the skills and platforms to be creators, not just consumers, of media.
Keen to know what we've been up to? Check out our 2013/14 Annual Report.
Want to know more about the impact SYN has on young people? The Swinburne Institute for Social Research conducted a survey of SYN participants in June 2013. Read the report here. Our plans for the future are here in the 2014-16 SYN Strategic Plan - we invite you to have a look at our goals and get in touch if you'd like to collaborate with us to achieve our objectives.
To be a volunteer at SYN, you must be aged 12-25 and be an active member of the organisation. Being a member gives you opportunities to participate in SYN's training, media making and behind-the-scenes activities. Want to volunteer? Find out how to Get Involved!
SYN Media (the Student Youth Network Inc.) was formed in 2000 as a result of a merger between two youth radio projects: 3TD (an AM station run by high school students from Thornbury-Darebin Secondary College) and SRA (Student Radio Association), the RMIT University radio station that also spawned 3RRR in 1976.
Staff and Board
SYN is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the SYN membership, who offer their time and expertise voluntarily to our organisation. Meet them here.
The SYN staff carry out the administration and organisational management of SYN. For a full list of staff, click here. These people work with our amazing volunteers to make SYN's strategy come to life.
SYN’s volunteers are the backbone of our organisation. They are all aged 12-25, and they take on jobs across nearly all facets of the media-making process: as producers, presenters, technical crew, promotions, music, reception, and web coordinators.
SYN continues to tap into the hearts of Melbourne's youth - young people aged 15-24 only make up 18% of Melbourne's overall population, yet this group forms 54% of SYN's audience.
We're making unique radio and TV for young people in their own city, and they're tuning in loyally.
Youth is temporary, and so people move on from SYN. We have a large network of ex-volunteers who have left the building, but who remain in our hearts (awww).
We keep in touch with our SYN alumni via a regular e-newsletter to this special group of people. If you're an ex-volunteer who'd like to receive these updates, drop us a line!