RFB Teen Squad

RFB Teen Squad 2019 After-School Program

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Thanks for your interest in applying for the RFB Teen Squad after-school program, a media education workshop that teaches teens aged 13-18 the basics of radio broadcasting, as well as fundamentals of media literacy, ethics, and journalistic best practices. The program is completely free, but we only accept a maximum of 10 students per 6-week session. We are currently accepting applications for our week-long radio day camp (August 19-24, 2019) and fall session (October 7 – November 23 2019), Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.  All sessions will be held at Radio Free Brooklyn’s new radio laboratory at 119 Ingraham Street in East Williamsburg/Bushwick. The application is at the bottom of this page

RFB Girl Squad One-Day Radio & Podcasting Workshops – November 2, 10, and 24, 2019

For three days in November 2019, Radio Free Brooklyn will conduct three 4-hour weekend sessions exclusively for high-school girls to learn the basics of radio and podcast interviewing, music DJ’ing, and live broadcasting.  While each participant is encouraged to attend all three sessions, each participant is also welcome to attend any session individually, according to their interests.  All sessions are free of charge to NYC middle and high-school students.

Saturday, November 2nd, 3-7 pm:  Radio/podcast interviewing, editing, and careers in radio

Sunday, November 10th, 3-7 pm:  Beginner music DJ training

Saturday, November 24th, 3-7 pm:  Studio & live broadcast training

2019 Radio Day Camp – August 19-24, 2019

This August, Radio Free Brooklyn will conduct a one-week intensive training in radio broadcasting, teaching participants the basics of radio broadcasting, including studio basics, audio equipment, radio interviewing & field recording, music DJ’ing, audio editing, show preparation, and performing live.  On the last day of the session (Saturday, August 24), students will host or co-host a live radio show that they’ve prepared throughout the week.

Training sessions will be conducted Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm, and live broadcasts will take place on Saturday 8/24 between 10am-3pm on our Teen Squad Live stream on Radio Free Brooklyn. Radio Day Camp is open to all NYC teenagers between the ages of 13-18, and is free to all who are accepted.

Winter 2019 Session


What will I (or my child) learn as part of the RFB Teen Squad? 

RFB Teen Squad provides a dedicated space for the active learning of media production skills, which will be provided along with coordinated presentations and workshops in media literacy and critical thinking. Students come to the “learning studio” on Mondays and Thursday between 4-6 pm to participate in workshops on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Audio production
  • Live radio broadcasting
  • Reporting and news gathering
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Critical reading of media texts
  • Journalistic best practices
  • Media ethics and responsibility

The culmination of the program is for participants to produce and host their own live radio shows which are broadcast live, using a dedicated stream, on a channel accessed via radiofreebrooklyn.org, iTunes, TuneIn.com and the RFB mobile apps.

Will I have to produce or host my own radio show at the end of the program?

Producing your own ongoing radio program is completely optional, however an important part of the program is learning about the production of an ongoing live radio program, so each participant will be expected to contribute to at least the first broadcast of one of the programs, even if you don’t want to do your own.

How much does it cost?

The program is completely free for students aged 13-18 who are currently enrolled in a New York high school.

Where does the program take place?

All sessions will take place at Radio Free Brooklyn’s new learning studio at Brooklyn Fire Proof – 119 Ingraham Street in the Bushwick/East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.

Will the studio be available for me to use outside of the two weekly sessions?

Yes, we will also provide up to 3 hours of  supervised “lab time” over the weekend, when current participants can come in to practice or brush up on skills learned during the week.  These will be scheduled each week according to availability of our staff and the needs of our students.

RFB Teen Squad is sponsored in part by:
Rockefeller Brothers Fund100 Bogart Street Logo Brooklyn Arts Council LogoRFB Teen Squad After School Program is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).