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As a Youth Reporter, I Am a Voice for My Community

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As a Youth Reporter, I Am a Voice for My Community

“My interaction with Equal Access projects has allowed me to become a more positive person, to become a man. I am a role model for young people in my community. I have encouraged them to express their opinions and dare to stand up for their ideals.”

Mik Sinh

I first became aware of Equal Access programming when I heard a broadcast of the “Our Peaceful Boundaries” land and legal rights program. I became a listening and dialogue group facilitator as part of the“Our Peaceful Boundaries” and “The Future is in Your Hands” radio programs. I enjoyed being a group facilitator because it allowed me to help people in my community learn about these social issues and it taught me a lot about the development challenges we face.

In 2007 I received notice from Equal Access that they were looking for young Cambodians to become reporters for a new youth focused program. I was fortunate to be chosen. In my position as community reporter, I have been able to get to know people in my community very well. They trust that I am presenting them with reliable information and they are eager to share their opinions and stories to contribute to the Equal Access program.

I am very proud to say that I have led efforts to form 53 listening and dialogue groups for the Equal Access “We Can Do It” youth radio show. The youth clubs are a positive example of the impact of Equal Access programming in my community. They have become a positive force for change in Banteay Meanchey province – my homeland. For example, the groups have organized events such as youth councils and have approached local government authorities to advocate on behalf of young people in the province.

My interaction with Equal Access projects has allowed me to become a more positive person, to become a man. I am a role model for young people in my community. I have encouraged them to express their opinions and dare to stand up for their ideals.

-Mik Sinh, Community Youth Reporter

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