intergenerational audio stories
led by LGBTQ youth
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
What does our past, present, and future sound like? What can we learn from our LGBTQ elders?
Youspeak Radio is an audio project that explores intergenerational dialogs led by LGBTQ youth. In this project, youth participants produce audio stories through their voice and viewpoint, addressing their concerns regarding the past, present, and future. Youspeak Radio is an extension of the Youth Ambassadors for Queer History program organized by ONE Archives Foundation.
Each youth participant will interview and be paired with an LGBTQ adult leader through a process managed by staff in order to ensure youth privacy and safety. Over a four-month period, participants will acquire knowledge in storytelling, audio documentary, and oral history, in addition to remotely researching the archival collections at our partner institution ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.* Final audio stories will be released at an event featuring a guest speaker, along with invited family, friends, and community members, in summer 2021.
Applications are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday March 15, 2021. And selection results will be sent by March 19. 2021. The spring 2021 session will begin in March with the first session scheduled for March 25, 2021.
*Please note that a permission slip signed by your parent or guardian is required for participation. Permission slips will be provided upon acceptance to the program.