New National Project Coordinator !


Hello SYN, SYN Nation, SYN family and SYN friends!

My name is Jessica Lukjanow, and I’d like to introduce myself as your new National Project Coordinator!

As former National Project Coordinator Josie Smart moves onto bigger and brighter things (keep an eye out for her at community broadcaster PBS from now on!), I’ll be steering our ship throughout this year and beyond, and can I just say- I’m really excited! Having volunteered at SYN for several years, I’ve come to really love the place, and can’t wait to engage with volunteers across the country for this big, beautiful thing called SYN Nation.

With young people (or ‘youths’, ‘yoofs’, ‘vagabonds’ ect.) becoming increasingly engaged in the world around them, community radio has carved a noticeable place in an expanding media landscape.

It gives young people a chance to learn and engage in content creation in a safe and welcoming space. In joining the team, young people are actively shaping their own futures, as well as the world around them. It’s a brave and rare venture, and one that deserves endless support and guidance.

Its a chance to make the necessary mistakes that make you the best kind of media operator; someone who can shift and change, adapt to their surroundings, work with any kind of person and appreciate successes when they come.

With the world now seeming so big, having a place where your voice is special, where your opinion matters, is invaluable. For those who are in regional settings, it can be one of their only avenues to have a true conversation about their opinions, experiences and ideas; something that every Australian can learn from.

That’s why SYN Nation is so important to its volunteers, and why SYN Nation volunteers are so important to SYN.

I hope to use my time here at SYN to help every single SYN Nation volunteer learn and grow. With one-on-one visits, learning workshops, training and marketing strategies, and consistent personal support along the way, I hope to strengthen SYN Nation to have it become a recognised, standout platform in the community broadcasting sector. And most importantly, I hope to engage and empower as many young people as possible, and help them achieve their goals and dreams.

So: a big goodbye, good luck and THANK YOU to the wonderful Josie Smart, who carried the SYN Nation team throughout 2015, into 2016, and leaves it in the best position yet. I can only hope to carry the torch on from your capable hands.

Till we meet again SYN participants and friends!


Jessica Lukjanow


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