Whirlwind August Workshop

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The August workshop was nothing short of massive. A jam-packed one and a half day workshop that saw our Young Media Leaders learning new skills, meeting new people and thinking in new ways about the project.

The workshop put focus on the future of the project and how each Media Hub will become sustainable in 2015 and beyond. As is a constant theme of this project, every Media Hub is vastly different in how these next steps play out, and after a set of workshops and some quality time with their mentors, the Young Media Leaders have started thinking about what next steps will be most effective for their station, their volunteers and themselves.

Kicking off bright and early in the morning on Friday, the YMLs were treated to a presentation by Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis, about building a sustainable future for your project. Esther covered some of the tools and models often used for looking at needs and resources, but with one very important focus – the YMLs! When you consider a youth organisation where all participants must be under-26, there’s a need to create structures that people can come to and go from with ease. With this as a starting point, the YMLs were thrust into the kind of future thinking that will be essential to the next 6 months of the project.

We also had workshops from SYN’s Diversity Programming Coordinator, Danae Gibson, about inclusive environments and ensuring access to your Media Hub for everyone, and Helen Cox of Plan to Thrive about volunteer well-being and maintaining your own good in order to do more good in your community.

Then we were trotting across Melbourne to visit our neighbours in Collingwood, AM community radio station 3CR. We were treated to a tour of their Smith Street headquarters (pictured) and a Q and A about how 3CR does what it does so well – forming robust relationships with community organisations.

After the full first day of workshops, all that was left to do was spend some one-on-one time with the mentors, the best way to approach all issues of project and life. At each of the workshops, we are constantly reminded of how dedicated, motivated and downright skilful our mentors are! Special thanks are in order for Kath Letch who came to the rescue of not one but two YMLs who were left mentor-less to explore and discuss some of the highs and lows of the last few months of the project.

This set of workshops kicked off some exciting new ideas and thought processes for each of the Young Media Leaders. Over the past few months, they have taken issues in their stride and made leaps and bounds in their local communities. Even with the exciting achievements that have already happened in this project, there are many more on the horizon for our Young Media Leaders.

Bring on 2015!

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