Fusion Youth Radio (FYR) began as a summer audio production workshop for high school students to learn to tell their stories in their own words. Building on the initiative and inspiration of our first group of talented youth producers, FYR LIVE was born. FYR LIVE features youth spoken word artists, music, audio documentaries, and discussion around questions of social justice and concepts of community. Fusion Youth Radio is produced by youth for youth.
Northside News is the Jackson Center’s print-link for communities of change. Our monthly publication aims to connect community members, to increase awareness of local history, events and resources, to provide a forum for critical discussion, and to create a platform for showcasing the talents of residents.
Documentary Initiatives from the Jackson Center are tangible forms of history-in-the making: an audio tour of historically African-American neighborhoods, a CD collection that sends “joyful noise” well beyond the walls of St. Joseph CME Church, photographs that document and advance the vital relationships that make up neighborhood, an anthology of recipes and stories that invite readers into a living tradition of old and new local foodways. These are just some of the fruits of collaboration and creativity we’d like to share with you.
Sacrificial Poets is North Carolina’s premier youth poetry organization, and the first internationally competing youth performance poetry team in the state. Youth ages 13-19 from the Triangle area are chosen through local slam poetry events and participate in practices, workshops, and community performances before traveling to international competition. In fall 2011, Sacrificial Poets formed an on-site partnership with the Jackson Center. In addition to sharing workspace, the Jackson Center and Sacrificial Poets have collaborated on the Neighborhood Cypher Team, the Jackson Scholars Program, and Fusion Youth Radio.