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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Congratulates Youth Radio, Recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

  • November 20, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) congratulates Youth Radio, which received the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award – the highest honor for youth arts programs in the U.S. – from First Lady Michelle Obama during a ceremony yesterday at the White House.

Youth Radio, an organization based in an Oakland, Calif. that pairs youth with industry leaders to produce high quality journalism for national distribution, was recognized for developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts and humanities through its TurnStyle project. TurnStyle is an online information service that delivers a mix of news, opinion, commentary and entertainment produced by culturally diverse, young (18-34) bloggers, filmmakers, photographers and poets specifically for youth audiences.

CPB has provided approximately $4.1 million for Youth Radio projects since 1995, including a nearly $2 million grant for TurnStyle.

“CPB invests in the development of diverse and innovative programs and projects that help to inspire, educate and engage today’s youth,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “Youth Media embodies this mission by encouraging young people’s intellectual and creative growth through rich learning opportunities in digital media and providing them with valuable technical training and life skills that are essential for students’ future successes. We are proud to support Youth Radio in their continued efforts to advance the creativity and achievement of our nation’s youth, and we congratulate them on this prestigious honor.”

Chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists, Youth Radio is one of only 12 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to receive the award. The awards are administered by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

About Youth Radio: Through the highest quality media production, Youth Radio equips the next generation with skills and support that lead to jobs and education. Partnering 14-24 year-olds with industry leaders, Youth Radio produces digital media and Peabody-award winning journalism that is distributed nationally. Through hands-on work experience, support services and a creative outlet, Youth Radio prepares young people for employment and ultimately transforms lives.

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