In Rosny-sous-Bois (Seine Saint-Denis), Making Waves set up an ‘Atelier Chantier d’Insertion’ – ACI [a Job Integration Workshop] focused on radio broadcasting. We hire 8 employees on temporary social integration contracts and train them in radio broadcasting (teaching them coordination, content and technique). The radio content and podcasts created are broadcast on various platforms.
Radio is an asset to work integration. It’s efficient in helping people get a job. Participants develop a wide range of soft and hard skills and rebuild their self-esteem through public speaking. and rebuild their self-esteem through public speaking. The Making Waves job integration program is very beneficial in terms of integration, self-reliance, and self-improvement; not only does it help people bounce back and foster inclusive transition, but it also helps prevent and fight against poverty.
Public speaking, good command of style and content allows employees of the Making Waves radio job integration workshop regain ownership of their own story and thus claim back their rightful place, socially and politically. Acquiring radio broadcasting skills is so much more than learning tools or technique. It’s also taking back one’s identity. In teaching radio broadcasting skills, we focus as much on knowledge, skills as we do on story and helping employees get back on their own track.
Experience and knowledge of the situation have taught Making Waves that, for men, women, groups and communities facing a crisis or exclusion, creating a radio station is an opportunity to take part in a dynamic, innovative project that brings people together. Radio programs are a place for people to meet, interact, have constructive, peaceful discussions, they encourage everyone to listen and to share knowledge and skills. Radio spurs collective endeavors, promotes people’s skills and autonomy. In forging ties where they are possibly lacking, radio is a healing, empowering tool to solve conflicts. Radio spurs collective endeavors, promotes people’s skills and autonomy. In forging ties where they are possibly lacking, radio is a healing, empowering tool to solve conflicts.
The aim of that project is also to help different voices and tones that reflect the diversity of French society to be included in the new public spaces, and to encourage participants to broadcast to spread their words themselves.