25 AND UNDER: Youth Radio

OAKLAND (KRON) — Youth Radio is a Bay Area gem.

It’s a media production company designed for, and run by, young people ages 14 to 24. The program trains kids to feel the power of their own voices.

The station is located at the corner of 17th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. It’s news, music, computers, and so much more. And it’s all free.

“Before I was shy but after going through YR I’ve become more outspoken,” says 16-year-old Sayyid Ali Abdel -Qawi

Youth Radio trains kids to tell their own stories and you can see that happening all over the building. But there is also a professional element. Youth Radio is the Youth Desk for National Public Radio and for KCBS radio right here in the bay area. In fact – 18 year old Desmond Meagley is working on a story right now about teen suicide rates and how that is affect by accessibility to guns and firearms.

400 kids go through youth radio programs every year. After the core program, they select the area they want to focus on with a chance later to become a paid intern.

“These are young perspectives, youth commentaries, youth produced media assets that really come from them in a genuine fashion that we just help to facilitate,” says Jabari Gray, Youth Radio-Deputy Director.

Youth Radio also teaches web design and app creation and offers 300 jobs for low income kids each year. It has been honored with a number of major national journalism awards.

If you‘d like to learn more about Youth Radio, follow the link here — https://youthradio.org/.

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