Radhika Bynon: engaging young people in creative opportunities
Radhika Bynon (CF 2006) from London is Partnership Advisor at Mode London, an online community radio station which is popular among young people, particularly from minoritised ethnic communities. During the pandemic the station has been working with local schools to engage young people in creative opportunities who otherwise would not have access to them.
Radhika will use her grant to build on this work and develop a programme of free opportunities for local teenagers to learn DJ’ing and graphic design, led by colleagues and partners at Mode London. The programme will deliver 12 sessions in DJ’ing, sound tech and graphic design, for up to 20 young people from local schools in Tottenham. The funding will also be used to equip the workshop leaders with safeguarding and mental health first aid training, as well as with the materials they will need to run the sessions. The programme will culminate in an event, bringing together the participants to showcase their new skills and talents to friends, family and the wider community. Radhika hopes the programme will provide a safe space for these young people to explore their creativity, nurture talent, build confidence and develop community with their peers.
Radhika’s Fellowship to Rwanda and Tanzania in 2006 explored volunteering opportunities in Africa.