A RADIO DJ course for bored youngsters in Pinner Hill has helped to turn the tables on anti-social behaviour on a troubled estate.
The teenagers from the Pinner Hill estate have transformed their lives after joining the three-month radio production and broadcast course, organised by Harrow Council's youth workers.
Last month, they launched their new radio station, Break FM, as part of the council's regular Week of Action.
The radio station featured programmes and human-interest stories about young people who have fallen foul of the law and want to get back on the right track.
The courses, which ran over a period of 13 weeks, provided places for 52 Pinner Hill teenagers and armed them with radio production and broadcasting skills, interview techniques and project management skills.
Other courses that ran alongside the radio project included fashion, urban music and computer repairs.
Margo Cash, 10, who lives on the estate, and has just completed the radio broadcasting training, said: "Being on the radio course has made me proud of myself, and it keeps me out of trouble and stops me walking around the streets. You never know what I'll be in the future now."
Harry Coyle, also from the estate, added: "The difference it has made to me and my area is that it keeps me and my friends out of trouble and off the streets."
After completing the 13-week course, the youngsters gained an OCN Level 2 qualification in radio production and broadcasting. Councillor Christine Bednell, portfolio holder for children's services, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain handson skills and training.
"Hopefully, the courses will inspire the young people to continue along their right path, build their confidence and believe in themselves. This project is part of Harrow Council's commitment to build stronger communities."
* The course was organised by Harrow Council's Participation Team and funded by the London Development Agency and central government Youth Opportunity and Capital Funds.
The training was provided by Ape Media, an organisation that provides tailor-made projects for disaffected youth.