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Youth Radio’s mission is to revolutionize how youth tell stories and the ways people connect with next-generation journalists and artists. We deliver honest, vital, top-quality news and culture you won’t find anywhere else. 

Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. Our unique methodology combines:

Education: Youth Radio provides six months of digital media and technology education to diverse, low-income 14-24-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.


  • Our youth-produced 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.
  • Our services are provided at no cost to participating youth.


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