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Media For The Public Good Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Radio, Youth Development

Mission: OutCasting is public radio's LGBTQ youth program, produced by Media for the Public Good. It is heard on more than 50 public radio stations in the US. OutCasting's mission is to give a national voice to LGBTQ youth and allies, train a new generation of media activists, and contribute fact-based information and perspective to our national conversation on LGBTQ issues. We also produce OutCasting Overtime, a shorter, less formal series that enables our youth to tell personal stories. Both OutCasting and OutCasting Overtime are produced monthly and are also available on our website, http://outcastingmedia.org.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Adrian S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Another way to experience a different point of view is never a bad thing. Thanks for your contribution towards informing the public!

1 Gina Feliciano V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outcasting has been a great resource for me and my family. The education and support that we have gotten from this organization is outstanding. The guidance that they give to our young adults goes above and beyond. Marc and his staff truly care about this program and his community.
We are happy to be a part of this organization!

1 Joseph Michael T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outcasting is a great program to help you stay informed about the LGBTQIA+ community. Whether you’re an ally or community member, you will learn a great deal about current events in the community to help you stay informed. You can also learn more to be a better ally and get answers to questions that you may be unsure of how to ask. I recommend accessing their content to see for yourself!

1 Josh V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Learned alot of life lessons here and alot about etiquette within business like being punctual, how to answer and conduct a business call, and how to work with various people of different backgrounds and ages. I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking to work with audio or conduct professional interviews to gather information for the topic of the episode.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Ren K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The highlight of my high school experience! Can’t thank them enough.

1 Sydney S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with MFPG for four years in high school and it was one of the most memorable aspects of my teenage years. MFPG is a great program for queer youth and has a great message. The knowledge shared in OutCasting episodes is so valuable and anyone can benefit from listening.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Award winning! https://pacificanetwork.org/pacifica-congratulates-marc-sophos-executive-producer-of-outcasting-named-2018-aarp-purpose-prize-fellow/

OutCasting has been of great interest to me since its inception, and as one of its volunteers, I've been able to watch it progress, and to marvel at what the young people involved in the program have experienced and accomplished. It is a very complex world that LGBTQ kids are facing at this point in time, and knowing that the OutCasting program exists and that they are not alone is comforting to those of us hoping for a better life ahead for them. It is a very important mission!

1 Andrew K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A life changing experience for all involved. Outcasting is truly a positive presence in today’s difficult climate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group providing valuable and informative programs on LGBT issues delivered by young participants!

1 Alexm309

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MFPG is a hidden gem in Westchester County. It is an after school program teaching local students the art of radio production and journalism - specifically about by and for LGBTQ+ youth. It is run by the genius Marc who teaches his students, with a steady hand and wisdom, the ethics, the craft, and the beauty of all aspects of radio production, while allowing the students to engage in discussions they may never have had the chance to talk about on a deep level in school. The program teaches the students to interact professionally with extremely high profile guests, and engage with them on very difficult and important topics of our time.

I was a volunteer producer with MFPG for a few years out of college, and it was a privilege and an honor to be involved with such a noble and well run organization.

You may ask how can a bunch of volunteer high school students produce NPR quality radio, meeting only after class once a week? Its all thanks to Marc, who manages to both lead everyone through difficult discussions, AND teach them the finer points of production, speaking for broadcast, writing for broadcast, the skill of interviewing, audio editing, and much much more. Many of the students remember their time with MFPG as the best part of their high school experience - and it is because of the professional yet all-inclusive atmosphere established by Marc.

Like I said, MFPG is a hidden gem, and deserves accolades and credits I only wish I could give!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

-Alex Mintz
Assistant Producer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited OutCasting this year as an alum and it was a great to see everyone again! Since I left the content has only increased in quantity and quality. Great work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a youth participant in OutCasting in my last two years of high school. I think it was the best experience I had prior to college. I learned so much about broadcasting, writing, and interviewing, and I am now applying all that I learned to public history projects in college. OutCasting was also a really wonderful community to be a part of- I am so lucky to have been a part of this amazing group of LGBTQ youth and allies. I wouldn’t have found such a wonderful LGBTQ community anywhere else in my high school years. I got to learn so much about LGBTQ history and meet some amazing people. And this is all on the volunteer end- OutCasting also produces a really amazing show, of course!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here for 2+ years and had an amazing time. Super important work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stands for a great cause that is underrepresented. Absolutely a GREAT nonprofit!

1 Mady T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 George M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Sarah S.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It produces amazing media and is essential in giving a voice to a community that is underrepresented in mainstream media.

1 Travis A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WDFH is an amazing organization that provides a beautiful stream of need and music. It is an essential resource for our community and deserves much more attention.