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 spring session, which will run from April 29 – June 11 2019, Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.  All sessions will be held at Radio Free Brooklyn headquarters at 100 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg/Bushwick. The application is at the bottom of this page, and the deadline is April 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
To donate to this program, please click here. Application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

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.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of RFB Teen Squad for our spring session (April 29-June 11, 2019), please click the link below to apply. We look forward to meeting you!

PLEASE NOTE: We are only accepting ten students for the spring session, so apply as early as you can and be sure to fill out all the form fields completely. 

RFB Teen Squad is sponsored in part by:
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RFB 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).