WNYC and Columbia University offered a six-week radio workshop to a group of Harlem-based teenagers in the summer of 1999. Students aged 12 to 19 learned to report, write and produce radio stories and also how to compose and take pictures at the Photographic Center of Harlem. "The Harlem Radio and Photography Project" was partially funded by the Open Society Institute. Its young participants were given the tools to find and tell the stories most important to them. These stories were awarded both a NY State AP Broadcasters Association and a New York Press Club Award.
Antoine Bazilio, the youngest member of the workshop, is 12-years-old and lives in East Harlem. He's a DJ at a local community radio station and did his report on the show he hosts: The Literature Show.
Danielle Beckom is in the 11th grade, but she's 15-years-old and the youngest in her class. Her brother is a member of the world-renowned Harlem Boys Choir, and that inspired her to report on a lesser-known choir: The Harlem Girls Choir.
Jimmy says traveling the streets of New York City is like visiting a museum. In his story, Jimmy asks listeners to look more closely at graffiti and think about where to draw the line between art and vandalism.
Janelle Lewis is 19-years-old and her report tracks her lifelong quest: figuring out whether she's American or Trini, or both - and why.
Kady Bulnes, 14-years-old, took on an important and under-reported topic for her story: What is it like to be a gay or lesbian teenager in a neighborhood like Harlem?
Marc Delgado is 14 and in the 10th grade at a small public school in Harlem. Marc didn't have to go far to report his story -- it takes place at his own home.
Lalita Miller is a Jehovah's Witness, like her parents. But her grandparents, aunts and uncles range from Baptists to Buddhists. Latia is in the 9th grade and has been reporting on what it's like to have so many religions all in one family. There's a lot to talk about and ...
Kourtney Freeman is 15 and just started the 10th grade. She lives part-time in Harlem and part-time in the Bronx. Kourtney reported for weeks on a serious and important story: runaways in New York City.