Grantee Profile

Youth Radio

Grants to Youth Radio

  • $425,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Journalism & Media

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — 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.

  • $200,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — 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.

  • $25,000

    1999 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — To provide training in new media to disadvantaged youth.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Youth Radio $650,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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