youth-produced radio with the Philadelphia Student Union
Back to School Nite at Masterman High School
September 25, 2014 01:17 PM PDT
On September 23rd, 2014, Parents and teachers picketed at Masterman's Back to School Nite. Mahala Papadopoulos, On Blast reporter and PSU member, reported live from the scene.Newark Students Union Takes Action
September 23, 2014 12:04 PM PDT
On September 10th, 2014, the Philadelphia Student Union traveled to Newark to support the Newark Students Union. Students in Newark face many of the same struggles as students in Philadelphia, such as budget cuts and school closures. PSU member and On Blast reporter, Brian Burney, interviewed students at the action and describes his experience.1st Day of School Rally at Benjamin Franklin High School
September 09, 2014 02:20 PM PDT
On Blast youth radio producer, Mahala Papadopoulos, reports live from Benjamin Franklin High School on the first day of school. PCAPS held a rally and Mahala spoke to some of the participants about why they chose to attend.The Big Listen at Benjamin Franklin High School
March 27, 2014 01:38 PM PDT
The Benjamin Franklin High School Chapter of the Philadelphia Student Union has been working hard on organizing a Big Listen at their school. Want to know what a Big Listen is? Listen to Shane and Minh's radio piece about it!Stop the War on Youth of Color
March 07, 2014 09:00 AM PST
February 26th, 2014 was the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder. On Blast radio team members, Jaylena Campbell and Brittany Clancy, attended a vigil for Trayvon and the many victims of racial violence.Bullying in Schools
January 29, 2014 01:31 PM PST
Jaylena Campbell discusses the topic of bullying in Philadelphia schools. Now that we have fewer counselors in schools, this problem is much worse and impacts the learning of everyone.Teacher Layoffs
January 28, 2014 11:55 AM PST
Before the beginning of the 2013-24 school year, nearly 4,000 staff were laid off by the School District of Philadelphia. In this segment, Devonne Fisher, a senior at South Philadelphia High School, shares his thoughts on the recent wave of teacher layoffs. He interviews a fellow student to get more perspective on the topic.#PhillyFast
June 20, 2013 12:26 PM PDT
The fight over public education in Philadelphia escalated Monday, June 17th, when two local parents and two school district employees began to fast to protest the closure of 23 schools and firing of 3,783 education professionals.
On Blast member, Jeremy Olivieri, went on location to learn more about them and their demands.Student-Teacher Relations
May 14, 2013 02:08 PM PDT
Abu Kanu is a radio producer for On Blast. In this segment, Abu explores the complicated nature of student-teacher relationships. At the Philadelphia Student Union, we support students AND teachers.Student want nurses at BFHS!
May 14, 2013 02:03 PM PDT
On Blast Radio Producer, Jeremy Olivieri, created a radio piece about the lack of nurses at Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia. With more budget cuts looming, schools in Philadelphia stand to lose even more nurses. Students want nurses and students want nurses to keep their jobs. The Philadelphia Student Union chapter members at BFHS are organizing a campaign to keep nurses in their school.
On Blast is an organizing tool for the Philadelphia Student Union. We know that students have deep analysis about their schools and communities. We know that young people's voices need to be heard before real structural change can take place in our public schools. At On Blast, we choose subject matter that amplifies the voices of those not being heard-- especially young people-- and those who are routinely hurt and misrepresented by the dominant media. We are using media to organize for the human right to a high quality public education for all students.
The Philadelphia Student Union exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. We are a youth-led organization and we make positive changes in the short term by learning how to organize to build power. We also work toward becoming life-long learners and leaders who can bring diverse groups of people together to address the problems that our communities face.
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