Youth Radio

Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology.  Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern.

  • Toolkit: How To Come Up With Your Own Mobile App

    Students will learn to see smartphone apps as tools to solve real-world problems. This lesson guides students through a design brainstorm process, to invent an app idea related to public art. All you need is the activity worksheet, some pens, markers, and creativity!

    WHY APPS? Well, to start with, they’re everywhere. According to the Pew Research Center, 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones. Teens don’t have to be limited to the role of consumer in today’s digital marketplace. All you need is a little know-how and an idea—which is the focus of this curriculum. 

    Grades: 7-12
  • Commentary Writing: Finding A Unique Perspective

    In these three Youth Radio commentaries, young writers take a look at troubling aspects of their lives that they confront on a daily basis. By the end, they find a new perspective that gives them strength to move forward. Listen to the youth voices, and try your hand at writing your own! Or discuss the larger issues at hand as a class.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Double Charged: The True Cost Of Juvenile Justice

    Juvenile justice is not cheap. Listen to Youth Radio’s 2 radio stories, check out the infographic and watch the video with your class. Then, try out the related activities or start a discussion about how the juvenile justice system works.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Do Vape Pens Trick Teens?

    Between 2011 - 2012, the use of e-cigarettes amongst 6th - 12th graders more than doubled. Youth Radio looks at the new trend of vaping, and why it's popular among young people. It turns out that if you buy Vape Pens on the Internet, you can get around age restrictions.
    Grades: 6-12
  • Haunted House for Good

    Sam DuBois, is a lanky 13-year old, who founded the Albany Haunt, an elaborate haunted house sprawling across the front yard and down the driveway at his parents' home in Albany, California. DuBois is donating the money he raises to his local foodbank.

    Youth Radio takes you on a video tour through his homemade haunted house...complete with animatronic ghouls. Watch the video, make note of the creepy details, and write your own horror story! Think about how you can use your creative skills to raise money for good.

    Grades: 3-8
  • Brains and Beakers: Rapping On Science

    "Rapping On Science" is an engaging demonstration of how popular music and rap songs can be transformed into science lessons.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Rethinking Fast Fashion After Bangladesh

    This essay from Youth Radio is a self-reflection of one teenager’s buying and shopping habits. She shares her experiences touring Bangladesh and hearing stories about the local factory conditions. She returns to the United States determined to not buy clothes made in sweatshops as well as raise awareness about fast fashion.

    Use this essay to start a discussion about consumerism in America or challenge students to research where their clothing came from, and what living / working conditions are like in that country.

    Grades: 8-13+
  • You Can Lead a Kid to Water | Youth Radio

    This multimedia resource can be used to educate students about the importance of safe drinking water to one's health, and the effectiveness a government law can have on everyday life. Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo reports on the new California state law that requires public schools to provide free access to fresh water. Quevedo investigates the condition of his school's water supply as well as local student opinions on this issue.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Youth Radio Toolkit: How to Pitch a Story

    FROM IDEA TO PITCH:  In this audio tool kit you'll learn what goes into a good pitch and how much research you need to do before you make your pitch. We’ve put together some of tips of the trade on putting together the best pitch for your story idea.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Introduction to Fact-Checking for Journalists

    As journalists — even ones just starting out — we face a lot of pressure to publish quickly, meeting our own deadlines and beating other outlets to the story. But the glory of getting the scoop doesn’t mean anything if the information you publish isn’t accurate. Corrections (or heaven forbid, retractions) do happen, sometimes to veteran journalists and well-known media outlets. But as someone just starting out, you can’t afford for your editors or readers to label you as a reporting noob who can’t be trusted with a big story.

    So how do journalists keep themselves and their work honest? Enter fact-checking!

    OK, so calling people and annotating how you know everything in your story may not be the sexiest part of the job, but it is absolutely necessary. And for new reporters, the time to build your fact-checking spidey sense is NOW.

    In this Youth Radio toolkit, we’ll give you a basic rundown of how to fact-check your work, including a few case studies from our reporting files. We also have a fun activity for you to challenge your budding reporters to find the facts!

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Intro To Infographics: Behind The Scenes Of Unlocked

    SHOW, DON’T TELL. That’s the general idea of infographics, which use visuals to make numbers/stats/processes easier to understand. While it’s easy to enjoy a well crafted infographic, creating one can be challenging. What type of visual fits your data? How should you style your graphic? What tools can you use to create infographics without starting from scratch?

    Making an infographic is a multistep process, so we’ll break this tutorial into two parts. In this lesson, we’ll walk you through the basics of making your own infographic, depending on the data at hand.

    Grades: 6-12