SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. We believe in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).
School and Studio Workshops
SLB also develops and conducts off-air workshops for schools, scout and youth groups as well as after-school programs. Serving approximately 2,000 youth per year, SLB is committed to providing effective and engaging radio- and audio-based programming for children and youth ages 6-18.
SLB has developed and conducted hundreds of youth radio projects including: (1) technical and self-expression workshops; (2) reflective essay writing and recording workshops; (3) youth broadcast, podcast and CD projects; (4) career exploration; (5) oral history; and (6) youth philanthropy. Today, with its expanded facilities, field equipment and new technologies SLB serves more than 2,000 children and youth annually. Many of the youth media projects produced by SLB workshop participants have been broadcast as well as archived at www.neighborhoodvoices.org,
an SLB website designed for rapid on-demand playback and download of community-based audio.
We believe in collaborating with others and maintain www.youthmediaresources.org
(disregard this website) as an educational tool for the community. Designed to catalog programs and tools, encourage youth expression and explore the impact of media and technology on youth, the new site has emerged as a resource for practitioners, funders and educators committed to supporting a community around empowering and educating youth audiences.