About Youth Radio
Through the highest quality media production, Youth Radio equips the next generation with skills and support that lead to jobs and education. Partnering 14-24 year-olds with industry leaders, Youth Radio produces digital media and Peabody-award winning journalism that is distributed nationally. Through hands-on work experience, support services and a creative outlet, Youth Radio prepares young people for employment and ultimately transforms lives.
Success By The Numbers
• 420 youth trained per year
• 200 youth employed per year
• 1,200 youth served through outreach
• 80% of youth served are low-income and/or youth of color
• $0 cost of services to youth
Path to Success
• 97% graduate high school
• 73% go to college
• 3,000 features produced each year
• 174 hours of programming per week
• 2 Peabody Awards
• 4 Edward R. Murrow Awards
You may have seen or heard our investigative reporting and youth perspectives on media outlets like NPR and Huffington Post. Behind those programs is a nearly 20-year-old organization that partners youth with industry leaders to produce the highest quality journalism while transforming the lives of young people.
At its core, Youth Radio equips the next generation with skills and support that lead to jobs and education. In the process, we have won Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and Gracie awards.
Young people come to Youth Radio to learn how to tell a story, produce music, develop an app, or express themselves. But they stay because they discover skills that open doors and provides new opportunities for education or careers. For many of the youth we serve, we help them secure their first job.
In a similar way, our organization has evolved. We started as a nonprofit that trains youth to produce media, but we recognized the youth we serve need additional support s like counseling, tutoring, case management and health services. Through this support, we increase opportunities for education and careers.
In fact, Youth Radio provided more than 200 jobs last year, and for most Youth Radio students, this represented their first paid job. We plan to expand our workforce development program in 2013.
What remains constant is working with bright minds and talent found in the next generation to tell stories that may otherwise go untold. In doing so, they develop the skills to succeed.