Budding young DJ’s in Bristol are celebrating after bagging a grant through the Youth Capital Fund (YCF) to renovate and deck out their studio.
The teenagers, based at the City Academy school in Russell Town Avenue, will be now be able to broadcast for one hour a day, five days a week, to other young people in the Bristol area.
The youngsters who have been broadcasting their own shows at Bristol Community FM (BCFM) had to work with a minimum amount of equipment, and workshops and training were done in reception areas and borrowed classrooms.
The young people decided to apply for funding to enable them to build a studio, training space, and purchase new equipment. The facilities will help BCFM, Bristol’s first community radio station to train more young people interested in a media career.
The grant of £32,000 from the YCF will provide facilities and training space, and £6,000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund will fund activities, education and training.
The funding is part of the Government’s Aiming High for Young People strategy, and nearly £1.453 Million has been made available to young people in Bristol between 2008 and 2011.
The purpose of the fund is to enable local teens to decide what activities and facilities should be available at times when young people want them the most.
Volunteer DJ’s brothers Hamza, 13, and Sef Riaz, 15 said: “This grant is just what we need to expand our station and get more kids involved. When I speak to my friends, they don’t believe the stuff we get to do at the station.
“Our show is a great big fusion mixture of interviews with local MP’s, the Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University, and the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police, just to name a few. We also have live reviews of the latest gadgets, extreme sports, and the latest films and games.”
Speaking about the plan to set up a new studio for the programme, Joanne Schofield, Programme and Outreach Manager at BCfm93.2 said: “We created this special programme called ‘Kids on Air’ for young people to get involved in creative media. I was overwhelmed by the amount of young people that wanted to get involved. This studio and funding will help us to achieve our goals. I am so very excited about this.”
More than 170 projects across Bristol have been awarded funding since the YOF and YCF were introduced.
For more information on the fund visit: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/content/Community-Living/Youth-Support/youth-opportunities-fund
To find out about BCFM: http://www.bcfm.org.uk/
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