Teens gain radio skills under One FM’s Youth Program

By Tara Whitsed

About a dozen teenagers will gain skills in radio presenting as part of One FM’s One Youth program.

Kicking off this weekend, the program sees students from Goulburn Valley schools introduced to radio broadcasting, according to program trainer Di Hunter.

‘‘It’s a fantastic opportunity for young ones,’’ she said.

As part of the program, students will pre-record a program which will go to air sometime in the future.

Once the program is completed, students have the chance to continue on with the station for a further 12 months.

‘‘We’ve still got six kids with us from last year,’’ Ms Hunter said.

Now in its fifth year, Ms Hunter said the program did more for students than just improving their radio skills.

‘‘It’s a golden opportunity and the beautiful thing is that they get to put it on their resume,’’ she said.

She said students also experienced huge growth when it came to their self-esteem and confidence as a result of the program.

‘‘A couple of years ago a young shy girl came in,’’ Ms Hunter said.

‘‘By the end, she was an amazing young lady and still thanks us to this day for changing her life.’’

Ms Hunter said they were excited to also accept students from Notre Dame College’s McAuley Champagnat Programme as well as the Shepparton Youth Foyer, and there would be a more culturally diverse range of participants this year.

‘‘It’s about connecting with people who you normally wouldn’t connect with.’’