OutCasting is a fantastic volunteer opportunity. It provides valuable insights into the issues that the LGBTQ community faces, and a way to directly help. In addition, it teaches many technical skills in radio production and audio editing, which can be helpful for those pursuing a future in communications.
I volunteered with M.F.P.G. as an assistant radio producer for over 3 years. The production is handled with the utmost care and professionalism. As assistant producer, I was responsible responsible for guiding the student volunteers. Because of the thoroughness of every aspect of production, I am sure that these students are among the most highly trained and competent young journalists and radio producers in Westchester County. They learn real, hands-on experience in the field of audio production, and in-depth journalism.
On top of the excellent quality of instruction, which alone would be worth 5 stars, the students are LGBTQ youth and allies, learning more of their own history and about the LGBTQ developments in the world that they may never have been exposed to. Then the students get to be on the air; they get to conduct the interviews themselves before distributing their investigative and editorial work nation-wide, helping to further the national conversation.
This program is literally incredible, and deserves more than the 5 stars I can recommend.
Ever since I've been with MFPG, I've always felt that the work the Outcasting Crew puts in really makes a difference even if we can't see it directly. I've learned so much and continue to learn need things about production with every session. Definitely a worthy cause to support.
As a founding member and volunteer, OutCasting has proved to be an invaluable experience, both during my time as a student and in my professional life years after. Through OutCasting, I was able to gain practical media, writing, and broadcasting skills, while also researching topics and developing programs that mattered to me. In our team I found constant support and the encouragement to grow my skills, and gained confidence knowing that our programming had the potential to reach and impact other young people.
I volunteered with OutCasting throughout all four years of high school, and I had a great experience. The OutCasting crew has always been a wonderful group of people, and it’s even grown since I left for college. I gained a lot of valuable experience in audio and radio production, more than any radio internship I know of has to offer. As youth participants, we were responsible for every aspect of producing a radio program from start to finish. We would research topics, find guests and call them, write interview questions, conduct interviews, edit audio, etc. OutCasting gives LGBT teens an opportunity to have a voice in media and discuss topics that matter to them.
I started volunteering when I was in High School. My time there opened me up many different avenues of production that support activism and progressive causes. It was truly a formative experience.
I've been a youth participant at OutCasting for about a year and a half now, and I think the work that we do is really important. I've learned a lot about journalism, media, and LGBTQ issues, and I'm proud of the work I've done. I think it's really important to educate the public on LGBTQ issues, and the fact that OutCasting does that from a youth perspective makes it even better.
Outcasting was a formative part of my teen years and I will always be thankful for the technical and personal skills the program helped me develop.
I volunteered with OutCasting for 4 years, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to do so. As a queer high schooler, it was an amazing place to find a community. I made long lasting friendships, and have gained a permanent home away from home. OutCasting helps educate people across the US about youth LGBTQ+ issues, and I am proud to have been a part of that mission.
I was a youth participant at OutCasting for 8 months, and I loved volunteering there. I met a lot of great people, and helped create radio content that I was really proud of. I learned a lot about teamwork, research, and audio and content editing, and I know that anyone that has listened to our programming has learned a lot too. OutCasting was not only a great way for me to find a community of LGBTQ+ youth and allies, but for me to give back to my community.
It produces amazing media and is essential in giving a voice to a community that is underrepresented in mainstream media.