Youth Radio believes that under the right conditions and with the necessary supports, young people are makers of powerful media, technology, and community.

By providing hands-on production projects with top professionals and peer collaborators, we offer unique opportunities for technical, professional, and leadership development. Our programs are structured around progressive curricula, helping young people develop marketable skill sets that lead to expanded education and career opportunities.


High school students between the ages of 14-18 are eligible to apply for our in-house training programs. After 6 months, students are eligible to apply for paid internships in all departments at Youth Radio.

Introductory training, Core:

Students spend three months surveying the disciplines of Journalism, Music, and Multimedia. Students assume a variety of production roles and put on a weekly radio show. Class meets Wednesday and Friday afternoons.


Intermediate training, Bridge:

Designed for Core graduates to further develop their media and tech skills by specializing in one discipline of Journalism, Music, or Multimedia for 3 months. Students graduate with a capstone project, a digital portfolio, and a professional resume. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


The Building Unity in Lives Daily (BUILD) program

The Building Unity in Lives Daily program , BUILD

The Building Unity in Lives Daily (BUILD) program is Youth Radio’s newly structured six-month Restorative Justice and Media Education program. With intensive Restorative Justice training, students will lead restorative interventions, echo the importance of self and community healing that is centered around Restorative Circles, and receive pre-employment skills through specializing in a media concentration.


To Apply:


Download Application or Apply Online


Applications for summer 2018: Closed
Summer session: July 2 – August 31
Fall session: Sept 24 – Dec 7 (11 weeks but with Thanksgiving break)
Winter session: Jan 14 – March 22, 2019
Spring session: April 8 – June 14, 2019


Youth Radio’s Digital Media & Technology Pathways Program is a 9-month State of California certified On-The-Job Training Workforce program for out-of-school, low-income Oakland youth ages 18-24.


Learn more and apply HERE

In addition to media training, we offer wrap-around support services for all students including snacks each afternoon, case management, and academic advising.

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