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Live Chat: Connecting Youth to Job Pathways

November 19, 2013 - 11:58am

Please join Youth Radio’s New Options Project Youth Advisors (NOPYAs) on November 21 at 4pm PDT for our third and final live online chat about youth unemployment.

Employers in the U.S. are struggling to find qualified workers to fill many of the open job positions in America. How do we fill these open positions with young adults ages 16-24? What is the future for hiring?

We want to hear your opinions about how young people, employers, educators, politicians, philanthropists and other stakeholders can work together to close the skills gap.

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Youth Radio Celebrates 20 Years

November 14, 2013 - 5:07pm

Last night, Youth Radio celebrated the kickoff of its 20th year. Guests were treated to a live show featuring youth reporters and performers, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, co-authors of League of Denial. Youth Radio’s CHEF students prepared all food, and a student provided the beats. Thank you to all of partners, sponsors, and friends-old and new-for making this special occasion possible and for celebrating the past 20 years of youth achievement and award winning media. Here’s to the next 20 years!

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Youth Radio’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff

October 15, 2013 - 4:08pm

On November 13th, Youth Radio will celebrate its 20th year of award-winning media and the opening of its new art gallery space, Youth Radio 1719. Featured guests include Youth Radio students and leadership, Steve Fainaru, Youth Radio board member and co-author of League of Denial, and Mark Fainaru-Wada, co-author of League of Denial. Food will be prepared by Youth Radio CHEF program participants.

Individual tickets are available with a $75 donation to Youth Radio, and sponsorships for $750. Sponsorships include ten tickets and program listing. All event donations will be tripled by long-time Youth Radio supporter, The Jenesis Group.

Youth Radio’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30pm to 8pm

1719 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets and sponsorships are available through our website.

For more information, contact Youth Radio by phone at 510.251.1101 or by email at events@youthradio.org.

 

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Youth Radio’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff

October 15, 2013 - 4:08pm

On November 13th, Youth Radio will celebrate its 20th year of award-winning media and the opening of its new art gallery space, Youth Radio 1719. Featured guests include Youth Radio students and leadership, Steve Fainaru, Youth Radio board member and co-author of League of Denial, and Mark Fainaru, co-author of League of Denial. Food will be prepared by Youth Radio CHEF program participants.

Individual tickets are available with a $75 donation to Youth Radio, or sponsor a table for $750. All event donations will be tripled by long-time Youth Radio supporter, The Jenesis Group.

Youth Radio’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30pm to 8pm

1719 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Tickets and table sponsorships are available on our website.

For more information, contact Youth Radio by phone at 510.251.1101 or by email at events@youthradio.org.

 

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Youth Radio Receives NSF Grant

September 26, 2013 - 11:27am

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Youth Radio a $1.7 million grant to launch the Youth Radio Innovation Lab, a three-year project that partners underserved young people with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals as makers of socially-relevant apps and multimedia stories that reach mass audiences.

Youth Radio secured funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation in 2012 to pilot the Innovation Lab, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has supported Youth Radio’s coverage of digital innovation that fuels learning. Through the NSF grant and ongoing partnership with co-grantee MIT Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning, Youth Radio will test and share projects that advance informal STEM learning. A primary goal is the development of a media-rich toolkit that allows professionals and educators to promote STEM learning through app development and media production in their own communities.

“The Innovation Lab builds on Youth Radio’s top-flight journalism and our track-record as one of the first programs in the US to teach teens mobile app development,” says co-Principal Investigator Lissa Soep. “This isn’t about one-time exposure. Through the innovation Lab, young people collaborate over time on iterative projects and in the process transform from consumers to creators of scientific knowledge, from users to producers of new technology.”

Participants will design and create apps that provide insight into youth-identified issues, fostering awareness, communication, and connection. Projects will likely include explorations into environmental science, biology, and neuroscience, with social science featuring prominently as participants collect and analyze data within their communities. The process and results will be shared through Youth Radio’s Science Desk and national network of media outlets, including NPR and National Geographic, to engage users nationwide.

“Mobile computing and digital media have a power that’s changing all of our lives,” said Hal Abelson, Director, MIT Center for Mobile Learning. “Our vision for the Innovation Lab is to put that power into the hands of young people—and all people—to use as a force for creating, learning, and enriching their communities.”

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Youth Radio Receives NSF Grant

September 26, 2013 - 11:27am

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Youth Radio a $1.7 million grant to launch the Youth Radio Innovation Lab, a three-year project that partners underserved young people with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals as makers of socially-relevant apps and multimedia stories that reach mass audiences.

Youth Radio secured funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation in 2012 to pilot the Innovation Lab, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has supported Youth Radio’s coverage of digital innovation that fuels learning. Through the NSF grant and ongoing partnership with co-grantee MIT Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning, Youth Radio will test and share projects that advance informal STEM learning. A primary goal is the development of a media-rich toolkit that allows professionals and educators to promote STEM learning through app development and media production in their own communities.

“The Innovation Lab builds on Youth Radio’s top-flight journalism and our track-record as one of the first programs in the US to teach teens mobile app development,” says co-Principal Investigator Lissa Soep. “This isn’t about one-time exposure. Through the innovation Lab, young people collaborate over time on iterative projects and in the process transform from consumers to creators of scientific knowledge, from users to producers of new technology.”

Participants will design and create apps that provide insight into youth-identified issues, fostering awareness, communication, and connection. Projects will likely include explorations into environmental science, biology, and neuroscience, with social science featuring prominently as participants collect and analyze data within their communities. The process and results will be shared through Youth Radio’s Science Desk and national network of media outlets, including NPR and National Geographic, to engage users nationwide.

“Mobile computing and digital media have a power that’s changing all of our lives,” said Hal Abelson, Director, MIT Center for Mobile Learning. “Our vision for the Innovation Lab is to put that power into the hands of young people—and all people—to use as a force for creating, learning, and enriching their communities.”

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Congratulations To Our Graduates!

September 20, 2013 - 5:18pm

Last night, Youth Radio celebrated its latest class of graduates at our quarterly graduation ceremony at 1701 Broadway. Graduates shared media they produced throughout the session and received a certificate for completing three months of Youth Radio’s intensive digital media and technology training.  Young people from Youth Radio’s Remix Your Life program performed, and a youth DJ supplied the music.  We are so proud of the work of these talented young people, and can’t wait to see what they create in the years to come. Congratulations to all the graduates!

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Congratulations To Our Graduates!

September 20, 2013 - 5:18pm

Last night, Youth Radio celebrated its latest class of graduates at our quarterly graduation ceremony at 1701 Broadway. Graduates shared media they produced throughout the session and received a certificate for completing three months of Youth Radio’s intensive digital media and technology training.  Young people from Youth Radio’s Remix Your Life program performed, and a youth DJ supplied the music.  We are so proud of the work of these talented young people, and can’t wait to see what they create in the years to come. Congratulations to all the graduates!

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Youth Radio Receives NSF Grant

September 16, 2013 - 12:48pm

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Youth Radio a $1.14 million grant to launch the Youth Radio Innovation Lab, a three-year project that partners underserved young people with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals as makers of socially-relevant apps and multimedia stories that reach mass audiences.

Youth Radio secured funding from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation in 2012 to pilot the Innovation Lab, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has supported Youth Radio’s coverage of digital innovation that fuels learning. Through the NSF grant and ongoing partnership with co-grantee MIT Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning, Youth Radio will test and share projects that advance informal STEM learning. A primary goal is the development of a media-rich toolkit that allows professionals and educators to promote STEM learning through app development and media production in their own communities.

“The Innovation Lab builds on Youth Radio’s top-flight journalism and our track-record as one of the first programs in the US to teach teens mobile app development,” says co-Principal Investigator Lissa Soep. “This isn’t about one-time exposure. Through the innovation Lab, young people collaborate over time on iterative projects and in the process transform from consumers to creators of scientific knowledge, from users to producers of new technology.”

Participants will design and create apps that provide insight into youth-identified issues, fostering awareness, communication, and connection. Projects will likely include explorations into environmental science, biology, and neuroscience, with social science featuring prominently as participants collect and analyze data within their communities. The process and results will be shared through Youth Radio’s Science Desk and national network of media outlets, including NPR and National Geographic, to engage users nationwide.

“Mobile computing and digital media have a power that’s changing all of our lives,” said Hal Abelson, Director, MIT Center for Mobile Learning. “Our vision for the Innovation Lab is to put that power into the hands of young people—and all people—to use as a force for creating, learning, and enriching their communities.”

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A Fresh, New Look Online

August 9, 2013 - 5:00am

Youth Radio is known for excellence in our digital media products, and now, we’re building a website to match that standard.

Today we are soft-launching our new site. We invite you to click and scroll around, explore what’s here, and share feedback on how we can make this an even better platform for sharing our work and our world.

This new site will make it easier for you to find the news and stories you hear and want to share with others. Additionally, this new presence will give you a clearer sense of who we are and what we do to improve the lives of young people.

Regards,

Ellin O’Leary, President & Richard Raya, Executive Director

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A Fresh, New Look Online

August 9, 2013 - 5:00am

Youth Radio is known for excellence in our digital media products, and now, we’re building a website to match that standard.

Today we are soft-launching our new site. We invite you to click and scroll around, explore what’s here, and share feedback on how we can make this an even better platform for sharing our work and our world.

This new site will make it easier for you to find the news and stories you hear and want to share with others. Additionally, this new presence will give you a clearer sense of who we are and what we do to improve the lives of young people.

Regards,

Ellin O’Leary, President & Richard Raya, Executive Director

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Youth Radio Partners with Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Digital Learning Initiative

June 27, 2013 - 5:19pm

Youth Radio and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up to bring digital media learning to the Oakland youth community through creative expression about current affairs. The partnership, which began this year with the launch of the Whats Going On…Now (WGON) campaign, offers Youth Radio participants opportunities to be a part of a national arts project, engage in dialogue about social justice, and share their inspiring artistic work with others across the country.

WGON is a digital project designed to link the arts and social justice. The project celebrates the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s performance of the album at the Kennedy Center, a year after its release in 1972. At its heart, WGON encourages young people to express their views on current events and social struggles in creative ways to create projects that span multiple digital media.

Through Youth Radio’s partnership with ArtsEdge, two Youth Radio participants travelled to Washington DC with Maeven McGovern, Youth Radio’s Community Arts Manager, to the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Youth Summit, where they learned about transmedia storytelling, shared their creative pieces with other students from around the country, and performed at Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place for spoken word poetry. They also received tickets to the May 3rd concert performance of “What’s Going On” and more at the Kennedy Center.

WGON is the first of many such projects in which Youth Radio and the Kennedy Center will be teaming up. Learn more about WGON and ArtsEdge here.

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Youth Radio Partners with Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Digital Learning Initiative

June 27, 2013 - 5:19pm

Youth Radio and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have teamed up to bring digital media learning to the Oakland youth community through creative expression about current affairs. The partnership, which began this year with the launch of the Whats Going On…Now (WGON) campaign, offers Youth Radio participants opportunities to be a part of a national arts project, engage in dialogue about social justice, and share their inspiring artistic work with others across the country.

WGON is a digital project designed to link the arts and social justice. The project celebrates the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s performance of the album at the Kennedy Center, a year after its release in 1972. At its heart, WGON encourages young people to express their views on current events and social struggles in creative ways to create projects that span multiple digital media.

Through Youth Radio’s partnership with ArtsEdge, two Youth Radio participants travelled to Washington DC with Maeven McGovern, Youth Radio’s Community Arts Manager, to the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Youth Summit, where they learned about transmedia storytelling, shared their creative pieces with other students from around the country, and performed at Busboys and Poets, a community gathering place for spoken word poetry. They also received tickets to the May 3rd concert performance of “What’s Going On” and more at the Kennedy Center.

WGON is the first of many such projects in which Youth Radio and the Kennedy Center will be teaming up. Learn more about WGON and ArtsEdge here.

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Chelsea Clinton Spotlights Youth Radio’s Efforts Towards Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

June 22, 2013 - 5:13pm

In an editorial featured in the Huffington Post on June 19, Chelsea Clinton spotlighted Youth Radio and its 2012 Clinton Global Initiative commitment as an example of an organization working to improve the youth unemployment problem by providing “tangible, real-world opportunities [that] make youth less apt to drop out of school and also more marketable to employers.”

The article summarized Ms. Clinton’s key takeaways from the proceedings of the Reconnecting Youth working group at the June 2013 CGI America Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on June 13-14. At each annual meeting, CGI America partners discuss progress towards their CGI commitments and ideas they have for others pursuing common goals. Youth Radio became a part of the working group as a CGI America partner with its 2012 commitment to create a Digital Media and Technology Pathway, connecting at least 60 low-income young adults to jobs in the technology and digital media industry. Additionally, Youth Radio committed to creating a Break Through news desk to examine our nation’s significant youth unemployment program through the lens of young job seekers.

The Digital Media and Technology Pathway began in January 2013 by building partnerships with local and regional employers seeking low-cost employees with critical digital media skills. These relationships have proven fruitful, and so far this year, Youth Radio has been able to secure job and internship placements for 15 Youth Radio program graduates.

The Break Through desk is a special reporting  hub that produces stories examining youth unemployment through the lens of young job seekers in Oakland, CA. With each story, policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders will learn more about why young people are having problems finding good jobs in today’s economy, and which programs are helping young people break through, offering hope where none before existed.

At this year’s CGI America annual meeting, Youth Radio’s Executive Director Richard Raya interviewed former Youth Radio participant Genesys Sanchez, who talked about her struggle as a teen mother trying to find a job in today’s economy. After the interview in front of the CGI America crowd, Genesys took questions from the audience about her job seeking experience and the training that enabled her to begin building her career.

Genesys’s story is a great example of how Youth Radio’s training and support programs offer young people the practical skills they need to secure quality jobs and build careers. We look forward to further progress on our Clinton Global Initiative commitment in the months to come, and to our continued involvement in the CGI America Reconnecting Youth working group.

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Chelsea Clinton Spotlights Youth Radio’s Efforts Towards Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

June 22, 2013 - 5:13pm

In an editorial featured in the Huffington Post on June 19, Chelsea Clinton spotlighted Youth Radio and its 2012 Clinton Global Initiative commitment as an example of an organization working to improve the youth unemployment problem by providing “tangible, real-world opportunities [that] make youth less apt to drop out of school and also more marketable to employers.”

The article summarized Ms. Clinton’s key takeaways from the proceedings of the Reconnecting Youth working group at the June 2013 CGI America Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on June 13-14. At each annual meeting, CGI America partners discuss progress towards their CGI commitments and ideas they have for others pursuing common goals. Youth Radio became a part of the working group as a CGI America partner with its 2012 commitment to create a Digital Media and Technology Pathway, connecting at least 60 low-income young adults to jobs in the technology and digital media industry. Additionally, Youth Radio committed to creating a Break Through news desk to examine our nation’s significant youth unemployment program through the lens of young job seekers.

The Digital Media and Technology Pathway began in January 2013 by building partnerships with local and regional employers seeking low-cost employees with critical digital media skills. These relationships have proven fruitful, and so far this year, Youth Radio has been able to secure job and internship placements for 15 Youth Radio program graduates.

The Break Through desk is a special reporting  hub that produces stories examining youth unemployment through the lens of young job seekers in Oakland, CA. With each story, policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders will learn more about why young people are having problems finding good jobs in today’s economy, and which programs are helping young people break through, offering hope where none before existed.

At this year’s CGI America annual meeting, Youth Radio’s Executive Director Richard Raya interviewed former Youth Radio participant Genesys Sanchez, who talked about her struggle as a teen mother trying to find a job in today’s economy. After the interview in front of the CGI America crowd, Genesys took questions from the audience about her job seeking experience and the training that enabled her to begin building her career.

Genesys’s story is a great example of how Youth Radio’s training and support programs offer young people the practical skills they need to secure quality jobs and build careers. We look forward to further progress on our Clinton Global Initiative commitment in the months to come, and to our continued involvement in the CGI America Reconnecting Youth working group.

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