Youth Media Organizations
Following are several local and national youth-led
organizations that youth researchers at The Freechild Project have
identified. These organizations help youth create their own
newspapers, websites and books, sharing the perspectives of young people
with parents, teachers, youth workers, and other youth.
HarlemLive (New York, NY) - A journalism, technology and
leadership program that teaches students ages 13 to 21 how to run an online
Uth TV (San Francisco, CA) - Youth-created media
program that offers two television programs on UPN in the Bay Area, in
addition to video, music,
spoken word, comedy, fashion and more.
Street Level Youth Media
(Chicago, IL) - Educates youth about media issues and creation, and
features youth-created projects and resources.
(Seattle, WA) -
after-school media & technology training program that empowers girls to critique
media images and to gain media technology skills in a safe, open environment,
mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals.
Y-Press (Indianapolis, IN) - A youth media organization that produces print,
radio and Web stories.
YO! (Youth Outlook)
(San Francisco, CA) -
A monthly newspaper by and about
young people, which syndicates articles with photography, interviews,
reporting and fiction writing to newspapers across the U.S.
Foundation (Chicago, IL) - Produces a quarterly publication geared to
urban teens, ages 12-18 and has a readership of 100,000 through an after
school and summer program that offers paid apprenticeship opportunities to
over 150 students in the Chicago area.
CA) - Teaches young people to understand the
words and images in media, and think for themselves.
(Hollywood, CA) -
Giving young people the opportunity collaborate and create through animation
production that is distributed worldwide.
Online (Boston, MA) - Written by a multi-cultural collaborative group of
young women around the world, the site focuses on a variety of issues relevant
Yollocalli Youth Museum
(Chicago, IL) - Yollocalli provides youth between the ages of 14 and 19
the opportunity to explore their interests in art and uncover
their hidden talents through a variety of artistic experiences.
In (East Palo Alto, CA) -
Dedicated to bringing the tremendous technological resources available in
Silicon Valley to low-income youth and families by providing access, training and support for computers
and the Internet.
(New York, NY) - A community-based media organization that teaches documentary
video production and media analysis to youth, educators and community
The New Orleans Video Access Center (New Orleans,
LA) - Providing youth media training programs since 1972
for inner-city African American youth.
Blunt Youth Radio
(Portland, ME) - Blunt members receive free training to teach them
what they need to know to produce a creative radio program, and the Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in public affairs
radio show for teens.
Global Action Project, Inc.
(New York, NY) -
An educational organization that develops youth leaders through video production and peer education, and promotes the inclusion of diverse youth voices on critical local and global issues.
Appalachian Media Institute
(Eastern Kentucky) - Young people work with ami to learn how to use video
cameras and audio equipment to document the unique traditions and complex
issues of their mountain communities.
Community Art Centerís Teen Media Program (Cambridge,
MA) - A 30-year history of serving youth living in public housing developments
by engaging them in exploring their identities and creative
talents through processes of critical thinking, problem solving
KBOO Youth Collective (Portland, OR) - Covers a wide range of issues affecting American
youth and run a youth show,
Youth Randomonium, which is a showcase for Portland's incredible local youth
Oakland Youth Media
Young Media Australia (Australia) - YMA exists
to promote a quality media environment for Australian children and to
raise community awareness of the needs of children and young people in
relation to print, electronic and screen based media.
(Manhattan, NY) - An alternative to mass media created to provide equal access to all young people
that is governed and programmed by youth who want to make a difference.
Just Think (San Francisco, CA) - Youth-produced informational media about topics
ranging from hip-hop music to consumer rights.
Media Databases/Collectives/Advocacy Organizations/Technical
Up! - Listen Up! is a youth
media network that connects young video producers and their allies
to resources, support, and projects with the goals of developing the
field and achieving an authentic youth voice in the mass media.
Issue Lab on Youth Media - Lists over 70
downloadable reports, including the entire Series on Digital Media
and Learning recently published by MIT and funded by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Youth Media Council (San Francisco) - A youth
organizing, leadership development, media capacity-building and
watchdog project dedicated to developing youth-led strategies for
YMDi (Youth Media Distribution) Provides information and
tools that are essential to increasing the visibility of youth made
Children & Youth Producing Media
This page is devoted to children and teens as media producers. Included are links to a diversity of sites where young people are producing print and multimedia products.
Young Peoples' Media Network
United Nations Youth Media Program
"youth in pursuit of the dirty truth" Wiretap is an independent information source for socially
conscious youth. packed with articles and information about youth rights and activism affecting young people nationwide.
The National Youth Media Access Project NYMAP is an innovative partnership among
public access centers from across the country committed to expanding
services to young people. Initiated by the MNN Youth Channel,
Youth Media Publishers Names, links, and
addresses to more than 200 publishers around the world that
publish youth-written poetry, stories, research, and more.
Youth Media Resources A variety of free and fee
tools for young people to create their own websites, newspapers, and