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Sharing Stories Loud and Proud with OutLoud Radio

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012.

StoryCorps San Francisco was excited to host a workshop and recording day this summer with youth participants from the San Francisco-based outLoud Radio’s summer podcast program.

OutLoud is a nonprofit youth media and development organization that “gives Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth and their allies a safe place to tell their stories and amplify the voices of LGBTQ youth across the globe. [OutLoud makes an] impact in the lives of young people by empowering budding radio producers to find purpose, connection, and skills that they can use in the future.”

We’ve worked with outLoud Radio before. In December 2010, we hosted some great interviews with their Intergenerational Storytelling Project, when youth came to the StoryBooth to interview older members of the Bay Area LGBTQ community to bridge generation gaps and learn from each other’s experiences. A great story from one of these interviews came from a conversation between Nicky Frausto and Lexi Snyder and aired on KALW, our local broadcast partner. Listen to their story here.

Lexi Snyder (L) interviewed Nicky Frausto (R) participated in outLoud's Intergenerational Storytelling Project in 2010.”

This time around, a group of producers in outLoud’s youth-led summer podcast program interviewed each other to build storytelling and interviewing skills as they prepared to craft their own audio documentaries. The audio stories they created this summer will air during their regularly released podcasts of LGBTQ youth stories. Some of the podcasts explore LGBTQ and ally youth experiences, while others feature interviews and profiles of issues in the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.

After the interviews, many of the group members also shared that in addition to gaining interviewing practice, they got to know each other better. This is always our hope at the StoryCorps, where we believe that if we take the time to listen, we’ll find wisdom in the lives and stories of the people around us.

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