The Indigenous Community Media Youth Fellowship Project supports young Indigenous individuals in their efforts to build their capacity as radio broadcasters and journalists through specific trainings, community radio visits or exchanges, radio production, conference attendance, and other identified education and training opportunities. Applicants reside in one of the following countries: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, northern India, and Nepal.
With years of experience coordinating capacity building efforts through workshops, conferences, radio station exchanges; facilitating the development of regional networks; and supporting lobbying efforts to legalize community media, Cultural Survival’s principles adhere to working with the experience, assets and expertise of the communities that we fund through our Community Media Grants Program. We believe that it is crucial to listen and respond to the needs of the communities in order to provide support that is sustainable, supportive, and most importantly, pertinent to the needs of the community. Indigenous youth are the future of their communities and developing youth leadership is an integral part of ensuring communities’ wellbeing.
This project provides fellowships to Indigenous youth broadcasters between the ages of 16 -26 who are committed and eager to learn about technology, program development, the work of other community radios, and international Indigenous rights advocacy. Fellowships are limited to $2,500 US Dollars per fellow, including project expenses and stipend. Fellowship periods range from 8-10 months from the award date. Preference is given to applicants associated with current or recent Cultural Survival Community Media Grants Project grantees. Applicants work and travel independently and are responsible for implementing their proposed projects. Fellows are paired with a Cultural Survival staff member with relevant expertise who provide mentorship and support throughout the fellowship.
In providing support, the Community Media Indigenous Youth Fellowship Project is guided by the following priorities:
- Responding to the needs of youth in the community, particularly young women and youth leaders.
- Building capacity in media, journalism, radio production, advocacy skills, audiovisual techniques, and regional networking.
- eg: Fellows may participate in trainings or courses at local or regional universities or with other agencies relevant to the fellowship.
- Development of radio content on topics related to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), decolonized history of Indigenous Peoples, protection of lands and resources, Indigenous women’s rights, Indigenous youth issues, cultural and ancestral heritage, national legislation affecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights.
- Developing training, workshop facilitation, program development, institutional development, and hands on experience to successfully represent the voices of their communities and bring awareness of local issues to global conversations in relation to indigenous youth.
- eg: Fellows may learn how to use and access Free Software program to create an online radio programming to amplify the local issue to an online global platform.
Requirements for eligibility:
- Indigenous youth between the ages of 16 to 26
- Internet accessibility and other form of communication to creatively collaborate with other fellows and to be able to participate in conference/skype calls.
- Commitment and keenness to learn about technology, program development, the work of other community radios, and international Indigenous rights advocacy
- Applicants must be able to work and travel independently and be responsible for implementing their proposed projects. Project can be submitted individually or as group of youth from community radio.
- Applicants must reside in one of the following countries: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, northern India, and Nepal.
- Preference is given to youth working at community radios that have completed projects with Cultural Survival and have the opportunity to shadow a Cultural Survival staff in relation to their project mandate
- Project budget must be within $2,500 US Dollars
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