Youth Canada

Y57: For Youth by Youth

21-07-2010 by David Swanson

Y57: For Youth by Youth

Youth in 57 minutes, also known as Y57, is a volunteer based radio show that airs live every 4th and 5th Monday of each month on your 102.7 FM dial. This program broadcasts from the Vancouver Co-op Radio station located at the corner of Columbia and Hastings in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, acting as a primary source for local, alternative media.

The Y57 program was founded in order to serve youth by facilitating discussion around youth arts and social programs. The program consists of music and talk radio and generates free publicity for up-and-coming, local musicians. In addition, it acts as a platform for engaged youth to promote specific forms of volunteerism that aid social development.

The program is currently hosted by Jamie Cessford and Ovey Yeung. It showcases creative talents and youth issues, allowing youth participants to gain recognition in an otherwise privately owned media environment; Y57 serves alternative opinion over profitability and mainstream ideology. This outlet empowers youth, granting them a public space that helps cultivate their ability to build community and perform social critique.

Currently, Y57 is in the midst of organizing a Battle of the Bands that is scheduled for Thursday August 26th at the Vancouver Heritage Hall located at the corner of Main and E 15th. The show is a fundraiser intended to serve both the public and the station. The winning band will be awarded radio and print publicity sponsored by Y57 and Modline Magazine, in addition to expanding their fan base, gaining performance experience and networking with youth-based, alternative media gurus. The tickets are available for $10 from the Y57 website, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Y57 program.