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You’re Only Young Once

A group of 18 students from Year 9 have recently taken part in a YOYO session at Astrea Academy Woodfields, where they had the opportunity to produce videos with the Bauer Academy and Hallam FM, highlighting important social issues.

YOYO, which stands for You’re Only Young Once, is funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and is aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours by “opening authentic conversations with young people.” Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “YOYO is a completely new approach to engaging with young people aged 13+.” YOYO uses media to get students engaged in important topics – by helping them make informative videos and podcasts.

Two Bauer Academy tutors led workshops where our students researched the topic of child sexual exploitation (CSE). They produced scripts and storyboards which they later directed and produced into informative videos on the topic. The finished videos can be found on the YOYO website: alongside a photo gallery of the students producing their work. These videos may be re-produced and turned into awareness-raising radio advertisements that can be heard on Hallam FM throughout the year.

The students worked tremendously well to research a very sensitive topic and produce original and authentic videos. They were a credit to the academy.

Links to their work

A Marshall

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