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YR Media

Oakland, California

YR Media was awarded $1,550,000 between 1999 and 2018, including 4 grants in Digital Media & Learning and Journalism & Media.


2018 • 3 years • Journalism & Media

Youth Radio is a national non-profit, youth-driven media production company that trains hundreds of young people each year in next-generation media technology and digital-age civics. This general operating grant supports Youth Radio to scale YRMedia, a networked approach to media production and distribution designed to connect youth media makers from different backgrounds and geographies to develop stories collaboratively for national distribution, using both traditional and new media tools and practices. With YRMedia as the focal point of the organization's new strategic direction, the goal is to tap the power of all media platforms to amplify the diverse voices of youth from across the country and connect them to important policy debates, thus ensuring they have an impact on issues and policies that affect their lives. This grant supports Youth Radio to develop the technical infrastructure to facilitate training for and collaboration among youth reporters and producers across the country, and to engage audiences more deeply in story development and storytelling.


2016 • 2 years • Journalism & Media

Youth Radio is a nonprofit, youth-driven production company that has created Peabody Award-winning radio for mass audiences for the past 20 years, trained hundreds of young people in the art and craft of storytelling, and is now pivoting to include next-generation media technology and digital-age civics as part of its mission. Youth Radio is using grant funds to launch the Youth News Network (YNN), a new model for youth-driven journalism in the digital age that enables young people to use all forms of media to understand and shape public affairs. Building on its decades of experience working with youth to develop broadcast-quality content, Youth Radio's Youth News Network is designed to expand the organization's coverage of civic affairs by and about youth, bring the stories of marginalized youth into public discourse through journalism-enabled civic action, experiment with new tools for self expression and civic engagement, and develop toolkits to help scale the most promising innovations.


2012 • 1 year • Digital Media & Learning

Youth Radio produces digital media and Peabody-award winning journalism to a national audience of more than 30 million, using hands-on media and technology experience, support services and creative engagement to prepare young people for academics and employment. Youth Radio will produce and spread multi-media stories of young people engaging in Connected Learning opportunities that fuel innovative, youth-driven, digitally-rich educational experiences; and tell stories from around the nation about what learning looks like when young people are able to attach their interests and community commitments to academic achievements and civic engagement.


1999 • 1 year • Journalism & Media

To provide training in new media to disadvantaged youth.

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