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Ellin O'Leary, President/Executive Producer
Beverly Mire, Deputy Director
1809 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703, USA
Tel: +1 510 841-5123
United States of America
Youth Radio was created to provide young people with access to
the media, especially young people of colour on low incomes.
Aims and objectives
Youth Radio promotes young people's intellectual, creative and
professional growth through training and access to media.
Young people aged 11 and above from the greater San Francisco Bay
Area, including off-site training in middle and high schools, and
in incarcerated settings. Training and technical assistance is also
conducted for community groups throughout the state of California,
and we have a national network of stringers throughout the country.
Young people and adults.
All young people, especially low-income youth of colour.
Involvement of children
Young people are involved in all stages including recruitment,
training and production. A Youth Advisory Committee is active in
Summary of project
Radio training, which results in programming on local, national
and international outlets including San Francisco, stations KQED,
KCBS; National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Pacifica
National Network; British Broadcasting Corporation; Canadian Broadcasting
Web training, which results in the design and maintenance
Journalistic training, which results in a monthly column for the
San Francisco Chronicle, and on request from newspapers throughout
the United States of America.
Outreach activities which result in training and technical
assistance in an incarcerated setting, at local high schools and
middle schools, and at community groups throughout the state of
College-based activities, including meetings with college
counsellors; writing applications and essays; seeking scholarships
which result in acceptance to junior colleges and universities
We consider the organizations listed in the summary (above) as
Internship partners include:
National Public Radio
American Zoetrope Studios
Lost and Found Sound
We are a non-profit organization, so our funding comes from an
assortment of foundations and corporate sponsors.
Strengths of project
Bringing the youth perspective to all forms of media and our model
of youth teaching youth.
Looking forward, funding in an uncertain economic climate will
be a big challenge.
Evaluation and strategic planning are in progress.
We learned what we instinctively knew: that no matter what
their background, when working together to get their voices heard,
the barriers of race and income come tumbling down.
Start with a core team of youth. Trust their instinct. Have
concrete plans. Have a curriculum ready. If you intend to do media
training have contacts in the industry. Have a clean, respectful
place for them to work. Always have food for them!
Any local environment is enriched when its young people
take leadership roles. Being able to communicate effectively through
the media not only brings positive attention to the individual young
people, it brings attention to their community's needs and triumphs.
When young people are able to transmit their thoughts through
any form of media, they become empowered and encouraged to work
harder to better themselves, their community and the world.
Additionally, they open themselves to the attitudes and
ideas of their peers, and learn how to translate them effectively.
Youth Radio devoted its entire website to the youth perspective
of the 11 September 2001 disaster and its aftermath. Young people
from all over the world submitted essays on how it would affect
their world and their future.
In 2000, Youth Radio won the prestigious duPont/Columbia Silver
Baton for its series 'Emails to Kosovo', which chronicled the life
of a teenage girl living in that war-torn country. The young woman
has since come to the United States of America and attends a top
university. She also remains politically active in Kosovo. Youth
Radio won the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television
News Directors' Association for its educational series 'Making the
Grade'. Youth Radio won the 2001 George Foster Peabody Award, the
highest honor given to journalistic organizations.
The importance of peer training.
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