August 2, 2012
For the fourth year in a row, members of the Boston after school program GRLZ Radio were invited to Simmons College for a campus tour and some valuable on-air coaching from Simmons Radio Director Len Mailloux.
Thirty high school girls ages 14-18 had lunch with a College admissions director before meeting up with Mailloux in the College's state-of-the-art radio studio. Mailloux, a thirty-year veteran of radio news, spoke with the girls about their on-air presence and emphasized the importance of writing skills. He also invited the students to attend an intercollegiate broadcasting conference at Simmons in October.
The visit was arranged by Diane Hammer, Director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC). Since 1991, SILC has been reaching out to community organizations and fostering relationships with individuals and groups that share the vision and values of Simmons. The institute sponsors various activities including workshops, movies, conferences, and programs.
SILC has a longstanding partnership with GRLZ Radio, an after school program that gives teenage girls an opportunity to gain technical skills in radio while also speaking out on issues that are important to them. GRLZ Radio shows are broadcast worldwide on the Internet at GRLZRadio.org.
"I am really proud of our relationship with this organization," Hammer said of GRLZ Radio. "At Simmons, we talk about raising girls' voices, and that's literally what they're doing over at GRLZ Radio. The fact that we can contribute advice and technical expertise to their radio station is icing on the cake for me."