March 2012

Bristol youngsters broadcast the Truth About Youth

A group of young people on a Prince’s Trust course in Bristol have produced a two hour radio show, aimed at challenging negative perceptions of young people in the city.

Broadcasting the Truth About YouthAs part of The Co-Operative Foundation’s Truth About Youth course, run by The Prince’s Trust in Bristol, the group of 16-25-year-olds learnt basic radio production techniques and interviewed members of the local community.

The show will be broadcast on community radio channel BC FM at 10am on Friday 9th March. Listeners will also be able to download a podcast from the BCFM website (bcfm.org.uk).

During the three-week course, the youngsters met and interviewed a range of people from the community of Southmead to discover and challenge perceptions of young people in the area.

They spoke to retired people from a community group about their views on today’s young people, and interviewed a community police officer about his work in the city.

The group shared their own experiences of issues such as depression and drug abuse, and spoke to other young people who had overcome challenges in their personal lives.

The result is a positive and inspiring look at young people in Bristol today.

Nicki Musgrave, programme executive for The Prince’s Trust, said:

In just three weeks, this group of young people have worked incredibly hard to produce their own radio show and make a positive impact in the community.

She continued, "As well as challenging negative perceptions of young people in Bristol, all of the young people have gained new skills and confidence that will help them move into work or training. We are really proud of everything they have achieved and hope as many people as possible will listen to listen to the show."