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2023 Grants Challenge

Youth Radio Apprenticeship at Dublab

Idea by dublab

With support from LA2050 Grants Challenge, Dublab will continue the second year of it's apprenticeship program, providing paid multi-year opportunities for youth (ages 18-25) to gain professional skills in radio creation, administration, and broadcast and to work closely with Dublab staff and DJs. The program will be geared towards youth from historically marginalized backgrounds-BIPOC, queer, trans, low income, system-impacted, disabled, and privileging those living within a 5 mile radius of Dublab's new University Park location.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Youth Economic Advancement (sponsored by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation)

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

Dublab's understanding of the issue it seeks to address through its apprenticeship program is centered around the lack of professional opportunities in audio, music, radio, and broadcasting. The program aims to address the challenges faced by young people, particularly those from historically marginalized backgrounds, in accessing entry-level jobs, developing necessary skills, and building professional networks. Dublab recognizes that without connections and financial resources, these youth face significant barriers to entering these industries, perpetuating a lack of diversity and representation. By focusing on youth from marginalized backgrounds, and prioritizing those living near Dublab's new University Park location, the program seeks to provide targeted support to those who are most impacted. By offering paid opportunities and hands-on experience, the program aims to create clear and committed pathways for these youth to pursue successful and fulfilling careers in audio.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

Dublab's apprenticeship program is designed to provide professional opportunities for youth aged 18-25 from historically marginalized backgrounds, including BIPOC, queer, trans, low-income, immigrant, system-impacted, and disabled individuals. The program offers paid positions for young adults to develop skills in radio creation, administration, and broadcast while working closely with Dublab staff and DJs. Interested applicants can apply online through an open call promoted on social media. Two individuals will be selected for the apprenticeships, with preference given to those residing within a 5-mile radius of Dublab's new University Park location. The apprentices will receive an annual salary of $30,000, working 30 hours per week for one year. Throughout the program, apprentices will receive comprehensive training and mentorship from Dublab staff members and DJs. They will gain practical experience in various areas, including station management, communications, grant writing, events production, show development, and technical skills. Apprentices will have the opportunity to focus on one or two specific areas of interest, allowing them to acquire professional expertise and receive strong recommendations upon completion. The goal of the program is to provide a robust early professional experience that empowers participants to pursue successful careers in the audio, music, internet radio, and podcast industries.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

The program will provide vital opportunities for young individuals to enter these industries, secure sustainable careers, and navigate the challenges of a competitive field. Dublab will empower youth to overcome barriers and gain valuable professional skills. As these apprentices graduate from the program, they will be equipped with the necessary tools and networks to pursue successful careers in radio, music, internet radio, and podcasting. This will lead to a more inclusive and representative industry, where the talents and perspectives of individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds are recognized and celebrated. The ripple effect of mentorship, diverse networks, and expanded opportunities will resonate throughout the community, reaching a broader audience and inspiring future generations.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

In the proposed apprenticeship program, Dublab has already established key milestones to define success. This includes setting up an application process and onboarding initial apprentices, which has been accomplished. The organization will develop a comprehensive syllabus with hands-on opportunities, skill development, mentorship, and connections with professionals. Feedback from current apprentices will be solicited for continuous improvement. Securing ongoing funding is a goal to sustain the program's impact. Dublab's success will be measured by program implementation, positive apprentice feedback, and long-term funding. Continuous evaluation and improvement are central to achieving impact and program success.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 8

Indirect Impact: 100,000