Unheard Youth is a podcast project that highlights the voices of newcomer youth in Canada. Youth from 4 provinces are sharing their experiences with the topics of identity, migration and belonging through the medium of interview, storytelling and audio recording.
About the Youth:
We wanted to hear from youth that we don’t get to hear from very often – that’s where the name, Unheard Youth came from. We traveled to Fort St-John, BC; Edmonton, AB; Toronto, On; and Montreal, QC, to listen to what newcomer youth have to say.
About the Process:
The participating youth were given the opportunity to attend various workshops on topics such as social justice, storytelling, and the use of recording equipment. Afterwards, the youth recorded interviews, conversations and stories on the topics of identity, migration, and belonging.
The podcast will be put together, edited, and made available to the public in 2019. Listening parties will be hosted by the Centre for Race and Culture in participating communities.
How can I get involved?
This Initiative was realized with the collaboration of partners such as College Ahuntsic, CJSR 88.5 FM, Edmonton Community Foundation, the Connecting Childhood and Culture project, York University, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program for Peace River North School district.
How This Initiative Fits with Our Priorities
This project gives an opportunity for the wider community to listen and reflect on the voices and experiences of newcomer youth. We also want to provide youth with the tools and hands-on experience required to promote their own voices in a self-directed manner. The community at large is given the opportunity to learn from newcomer youth experiences and have a better understanding of the way that they navigate the world.