Amplifying Voices

The objective of this lesson is to guide young people in creating a podcast episode that raises awareness about youth violence, encourages dialogue, and promotes positive change in their communities. By the end of the lesson, participants should be able to plan and record a podcast episode on the topic.

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 1 hour

  • A device to play and record the podcasts.
  • Pens/pencils.


Start by...

Introduce the session by playing the Imagine a Man podcast by Royston Youth Action. Explain the importance of addressing youth violence and the power of podcasting as a medium for sharing stories and generating meaningful conversations. Discuss what they have been learned about youth violence, its impact on individuals, families and communities.

Middle bit...

Explain that they are going to be creating their own podcast and split them into teams. If not already set by you, help them define the goals of their podcast episode, such as raising awareness, inspiring action, or promoting dialogue. Discuss the importance of identifying a target audience to tailor their message effectively. Give out the handout and go over the components of a podcast episode: introduction, main content, personal stories, facts/statistics and a conclusion. Brainstorm ideas and guide the groups in structuring their episode. Encourage them to think about engaging hooks, compelling narratives, and key messages. Encourage them to use the template to organise their thoughts and creating an outline for their episode.


End by...

Once most groups are nearly finished their planning, stop them to go over recording their podcasts. Discuss the importance of clear and concise communication in podcasting. Explain that their final product should be their best take - we will not be editing them. Once they have finished their plan, each group should take the time to practice going over their notes/scripts. Once they are ready, they can use the equipment to record their episodes. 

As a fast finisher task, ask the group to design an image and name for their podcast episode. They could also explore potential platforms for hosting and sharing the podcast episode, such as SoundCloud or Anchor. Encourage participants to develop a plan for promoting their podcast episode to reach a wider audience.

Recap the key points covered in the lesson. Ask the groups to reflect on their experience and share any insights or challenges they encountered. 

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