24 April 2024

Young Wagga Voices podcast details youth experiences and opportunities

| Jarryd Rowley
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Twenty young people from the Wagga Wagga community have shared their experiences from the past 12 months in a new podcast

Twenty young people from the Wagga Wagga community have shared their experiences from the past 12 months in a new podcast by Wagga Wagga City Council titled Young Wagga Voices. Photo: Supplied.

A new podcast focusing on the experiences, ideas and perspectives of Wagga Wagga’s young people has been launched this week.

Young Wagga Voices, organised by Wagga Wagga City Council, profiles 20 local young people and their journeys over the past 12 months.

Wagga Wagga City Council community development coordinator Alex Osgood said the project allowed the council to give young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds an opportunity to learn about podcasting and to share insights about their experiences of culture, language and identity.

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“It has been a really eye-opening experience to collaborate with such a diverse range of young people,” Alex said.

“This podcast really captures the intelligent, funny and inspirational youth we have in Wagga Wagga and after the initial training in April we had lots of interest from young people across the community.”

Ms Osgood said the first series of podcasts would cover topics including refugee experiences and connecting with cultures, in-depth LGBTIQ+-related stories and conversations around mental health.

“The youth in series one of Young Wagga Voices range from 13 to 23 years old and they have been really candid and vulnerable,” Ms Osgood said.

“It’s important to note that every young person’s experience is different and valid.”

This project was made a reality thanks to funding from the NSW Office of Regional Youth as part of the 2023 Regional Youth Radio Program.

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“As part of the funding, council also purchased a top-of-the-line podcast recording kit which is now available for community use via a partnership with Eastern Riverina Arts,” Ms Osgood said.

“Wagga Wagga City Council would like to thank our community partners ABC Riverina and Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga for their support of the project.”

Series two of the podcast is already in production and local young people who are keen to be involved are encouraged to reach out to the council’s youth and community development officer Melissa Fattore on 1300 292 442 or email [email protected].

You can listen to series one of Young Wagga Voices via Spotify here.

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