The Young Media Leaders take on SYN Camp
Camp was the perfect opportunity for the YML’s to meet SYN volunteers (including a few from our 2014 Leadership Team) and start to understand what SYN does. By the end of it, not only had all the Young Media Leader’s been nicknamed according to their home town (direct quote from a Melbourne SYN volunteer: “I like that kid, Byron, he’s a good’n”) but they’d made great connections at SYN, and even teed up some potential interstate correspondents!
For a relaxing retreat in the bush, there wasn’t a lot of downtime at Camp. There were ice breakers, trust exercises, a challenge to ‘Capture the Camp’ in some form of media and a highly competitive game of AssaSYNS, where SYN volunteers are pitted against their friends to see who can stab the most people with a plastic spoon (perhaps you had to be there).The YML’s were involved in a long list of workshops covering leadership, content development, furthering SYN’s departments, audio editing, interviewing techniques and goal setting, in which we began thinking of some strategic objectives for the media hubs.
SYN Camp was the most fun, most exhausting few days of my life and, from what I can gather, the YML’s felt the same! All the YML’s actively contributed to workshops and their Capture the Camp productions and by the end of camp, the Young Media Leaders were very much feeling a part of the SYN family and excited to start engaging young people in their areas for the media hub.