Youth Roving Reporters is an arts journalism mentorship program. Through this innovative, educational program All Classical Portland on-air hosts mentor selected Youth Roving Reporters (ages 15-18), providing them with guidance and insight on what it is to be a broadcaster and arts leader in their community.

Youth Roving Reporters Receive:
– Free tickets to an arts event
– Interviews arranged with artists/musicians
– Production mentorship and training

In consideration of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our community and Youth Roving Reporters, we anticipate the next round of applications for YRR will be accepted starting in late 2022.

Youth Roving Reporter 2020/2021

Youth Roving Reporter Belise Nishimwe wearing a blue headband and white suit jacket smiling for the camera

Belise Nishimwe

“As a refugee-immigrant, BIPOC youth, I am always searching for different venues that people like me can have to share their story and be heard. Being a youth roving reporter with All Classical Portland I am able to accomplish this goal. I am elated to have this opportunity and to share with Portland the amazing stories and accomplishments of people (specifically youth) within the community.”

Belise Nishimwe is a senior at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon. She is extremely passionate about: social justice, international relations, politics, and law especially as it pertains to immigrants and their rights. Nishimwe was born and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania until the age of five, when she and her family moved to America through Catholic Charities. Now a U.S. citizen, she has dedicated herself to being someone who can create a platform that gives a voice to immigrants and refugees, as well as the representation they need. She is a co-captain of her school’s varsity mock trial team and a Black Student Union leader. She serves as the current President for a youth-led nonprofit called “Youth Ending Slavery”. She also enjoys writing poetry and exploring other artistic venues. She was the 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion and received the 2019 Pamplin Media Group Amazing Kids Award. For the future, she dreams of interning for a law firm or for a political office. She plans on strengthening her abilities as a leader and as an activist, so she can be a voice that defends those who have been silenced.

Our past Youth Roving Reporters

2019/2020 Program Year
2018/2019 Program Year
2017/2018 Program Year

Youth Roving Reporter broadcasts air at 5:15pm on the first Saturday of every other month.

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