youth-produced radio with the Philadelphia Student Union
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.What is Young People's Oppression?
April 04, 2013 01:17 PM PDT
Young People's Oppression might not be something that you have heard of. But for members of the Philadelphia Student Union, it is a part of daily life. When young people are stereotyped as unruly and violent it keeps us all down. In this piece, Tiana shared her experiences of young people's oppression and lays down the basics of the steps in the cycle of oppression.A Student Analysis of the School to Prison Pipeline
March 12, 2013 12:26 PM PDT
The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Members of the Philadelphia Student Union created the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools (CNS) to work towards improving school climates and ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
On Blast youth radio producer, Julian Roessler, explains a youth perspective on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Julian interviews Josh Glenn, an organizer with YASP (Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project) and Decarcerate PA. Josh is also a member of CNS. Together, they explore the deeper roots of the School-to-Prison Pipeline.Students Rally in Harrisburg at Budget Address
February 07, 2013 08:57 AM PST
One of the root causes of the conditions and problems that we see in Philadelphia's public education system, that has now resulted in the potential for school closures, is the chronic and systematic underfunding from the state.
Members of the Philadelphia Student Union traveled to Harrisburg to hear Governor Corbett's budget address on February 5th, 2013. On Blast radio producers asked other attendees why they came to Harrisburg as well.
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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