Youth Radio is a 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 National Public Radio, (NPR's} official youth desk and partnering with outlets such as Public Broadcasting service, (PBS), The Huffington Post, National Geographic, and KQED.
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 their 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, California, 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.