Youth Radio is a Peabody award-winning nonprofit media production company and learning institution in Oakland, California that prepares diverse young people for the 21st-century digital workplace by offering them hands-on education and employment in journalism, arts, and technology, as well as access to support services like academic advising and mental health care. Youth Radio provides the resources and platforms for youth to lead local and national conversations by producing national youth-driven digital and broadcast content on culture, politics and big issues of the day, while serving as NPR's official youth desk and partnering with outlets such as PBS, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, and KQED.
Youth Radio’s mission is to launch young people on education and career pathways in media, technology and creative arts. More than 75% of the high school students they serve each year are low-income or from communities of color. Many are from failing schools.
Youth Radio methodology
Education: Youth Radio provides six months of digital media and technology education to diverse, low-income 14-to-24-year-old young people throughout the Bay Area in journalism, music production, design and code.
Employment: Program graduates are eligible for jobs throughout Youth Radio’s Peabody Award-winning media production company.
Support Services: Participants receive wraparound services including case management, referrals to partner service providers, nutritional support and academic/career advising to support the realization of their personal goals.
- Youth Radio journalism reaches an audience of 30 million people.
- Last year, Youth Radio students had a 97% high school graduation rate and an 87% college enrollment rate.
- Youth Radio provides more than 250 paid internships per year to young people and our externship program provides direct employment in the communications sector.
- Youth Radio services are provided at no cost to participating youth.
Founded in 1993 in Berkeley during a period of heightened youth violence and homicide, Youth Radio was established as an outlet for Bay Area youth to process their experiences and provide an alternative perspective to the prevailing media dialogue. In 2007, Youth Radio moved its headquarters to downtown Oakland, helping transform an under-invested part of the city into a world-class center of art, commerce, and culture.
Youth Radio operates bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.
- George Foster Peabody Award – 2001, 2011
- Edward R. Murrow Award – 2001, 2005, 2010, 2011
- Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award–2010
- President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Award – 2012
- Red Cross Heroes Award – 2010
- duPont-Columbia University Award – 2000
Divisions of Youth Radio
All Day Play: Youth Radio’s eclectic online radio station, featuring music from emerging artists and diverse subgenres. Get exposed to a wide spectrum of musical tastes, news, and commentary from Youth Radio’s all-stars, plus mix shows from top Bay Area DJs.
outLoud: Youth Radio’s program dedicated to increase the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people by helping them develop the skills and confidence to decide for themselves how they will be represented, advance social justice and make the most of their lives.
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