It’s been nearly a month since high school, “life as we knew it,” came to an end, and I’ve been spending some of my extra time editing podcasts for our first season of Speak Up/Speak Out. Despite these uncertain times, YAIR has held several productive virtual meetings about future steps for the podcast; we aim to share Season One with the general public sometime in May. Despite the occasional glitch in GarageBand, we’re heading in a positive direction!
In January, co-founder Nayantara Arora applied for and received a grant from the Stevens Initiative, which will support us in advertisement, production, and distribution of Speak Up/Speak Out on a variety of accessible digital platforms. We hope to reach out to many more immigrant and refugee youth for future interviews. Season 2, here we come!
While the COVID-19 pandemic may be slowing down the process of in-person interviews, we are fully committed to continuing this project virtually, for the time being, as we strongly believe that providing a platform for youth to share their stories and experiences is an opportunity to foster connection and cross-cultural understanding. In the near future, we will post a flyer and link on the website for anyone who is interested in sharing their stories with Speak Up/Speak Out.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and have the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather in the coming weeks.
--Olivia Cull, YAIR Co-Founder