Team Leader Reflection: My biggest highlight this year happened after we aired our History is Dangerous Part 2 episode. One of our students expressed opinions about cultural appropriation and was criticized about it online. When the students defended the opinions and our program, they emphasized about how much they’d learned from our program and glad they had this platform to voice their opinion. This made me really proud of the work we do and highlighted the difference we are making!
Fusion Youth Radio is continuing its successful run. Already this year, we had an incredible show on Body Image in January, a February show on the theme of History is Dangerous and an episode discussing female rappers. We completed our entire fall curriculum as planned!!! We had many shows we hope that you all have had a chance to listen to. If not you can find many of them uploaded on our website.
With the new semester coming up, we have had some transition, but a couple new faces are joining our team. We are already thinking about next fall and how we can expand our recruitment efforts and include more high schools in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro area. Additionally, we are extremely excited about our new partnership with Sacrificial Poets and the Beat Making Lab for our FYR programming. This will allow us to collaborate with other youth programs, create more opportunities for our youth to learn from each other, and give them the responsibility of having to run a workshop/session for their peers.
Northside News has continued its monthly delivery to over 650 residents. We have featured stories about quality of housing issues in the neighborhood, focusing on different home repair efforts from groups such as a Brush with Kindness, as well as stories about the welcoming aura of Northside that so many claim as home. We are excited to pioneer a new online version of our Northside News to keep more people informed monthly about the excited events and stories happening in our neighborhood!