Youth Radio

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Youth Radio was founded in 1990 on the deeply held belief that underserved youth, ages 14-24 years old, have the creativity, technical skills and entrepreneurial spirit to become leaders in the multi-media industry and the community and to serve as mentors to other youth.

The heart of its pioneering efforts is to train young people from under-resourced public schools, community-based organizations, group homes and juvenile detention centers in broadcast journalism, media production and cutting-edge technology. Youth Radio offers professional development and technical skills training absolutely free of charge with the aim of preparing young people for pathways to meaningful careers. Youth Radio graduates leave with the soft and hard skills necessary to land jobs with employers from KCBS and KQED to the Port of Oakland and Google.

Each year Youth Radio introduces diverse groups of students to a broad spectrum of media-related careers and state-of-the-art technology. Its program goals are to strengthen basic life-skills, motivate them to graduate from high school and attend a two or four year university and prepare them for multi-media and other careers in the 21st Century Marketplace.

Youth Radio currently trains 1,300 youth each year to develop core competencies in audio, video, web and print and to produce the highest quality original media for the widest range of mainstream outlets. Its reporters are heard worldwide through radio, video and the Internet and through print media.

Seventeen years ago San Francisco’s KQED broadcast Youth Radio’s first two minute youth commentary. Today, more than 300 Youth Radio reports and commentaries are broadcast each year on National Public Radio programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition, on-line outlets like CNN.com and iTunes and on public radio stations across the country. An estimated 27 million people hear and read the often overlooked perspectives of young people through Youth Radio’s work each year.

Youth Radio has become nationally and internationally known as a cutting edge youth development and media organization, weaving the fast end of the ‘digital curve’ with best practices and innovation in community based education. Youth Radio has received prestigious awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

Series

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The Peabody Award winning investigation into child prostitution in Oakland, CA.

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10 Pieces

Youth Radio participants share their personal experiences in a commentary on issues that are important to them.

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Youth Radio's the Best of What's the New What? is a great end-of-year round roundup of the most interesting and provocative trends from 2008. The series includes five stories from Youth Radio's popular weekly NPR series "What's the New What?" This series asks what new trends in youth culture are replacing old trends. In short: What's the New What?


Pieces

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For Youth Radio’s Lauren Silverman, becoming financially independent isn’t just about earning money.

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 02:24
  • Purchases: 1
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Walt Disney Pictures just released “Princess and the Frog,” the first animated movie with a black princess. Youth Radio reporters spoke with kids o...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 01:22
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The Appalachian Media Institute's Brittany Hunsaker reflects on the health care debate, as a 22-year old uninsured college student from rural Kentu...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 02:43
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Youth Radio’s Molly Adams is an uninsured recent college graduate who describes the situation she and her peers face – a crappy job market and no h...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 02:27
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Youth Radio’s Mayra Jimenez reports on the role of young people translating financial transactions for their immigrant parents.

Bought by KDNK, KUOW, WMNF, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 4
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David Dominguez describes how he developed “life skills” around financial literacy despite the fact that he missed out on the Life Skills class mos...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2010
  • Length: 01:44
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King Anyi Howell talks about the hard lesson he's learned being profiled by the police, and the "Jedi mind tricks" he employs to stay free from cus...

Bought by Vocalo.org, WMNF, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 16, 2009
  • Length: 02:19
  • Purchases: 3
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A young American discovers a new relationship with his home country of Iran.

Bought by WMNF and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 07, 2009
  • Length: 02:15
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Who gets a piece of the green jobs pie?

Bought by WMNF


  • Added: Oct 07, 2009
  • Length: 02:11
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A new study shows that teens who think they'll die young are seven times more likely to contract HIV.

Bought by WMNF and WAMC


  • Added: Aug 26, 2009
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 2