Category Archives: Youth Media

Oakland Graduates Series

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              Congratulations to these American Graduates! In the next couple of weeks we will share their inspiring stories and get an insight as to what they look forward to in college and beyond.   … Continue reading »


Another Death at Life Academy

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The Education Blog June 5, 2012 Written By Katy Murphy Yesterday in the school auditorium at Life Academy, school employees and grief counselors stood in a circle and quietly discussed their plan for the memorial assembly in 18-year-old Alejandro Aguilera‘s … Continue reading »


BAVC Guest Blog Post #1

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Spoken word poem by Queen Nefertiti Shabazz.


Guest Blog Series Introduction: BAVC

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Written by Yo Ann Martinez Interviewed: Davin Thompson, Artist Mentor @ BUMP Records and Jason Jakaitis, Factory Manager KQED and the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) Factory and BUMP Records are working together to produce an original soundtrack and short … Continue reading »


Guest Blogger: Marty Mannion, Poet-Athlete Finds His Voice Through Soccer

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Written By: Marty Mannion, Education Director-America SCORES Bay Area Anthony Spears barely spoke to anyone other than his parents during 1st and 2nd grade at ER Taylor Elementary School.  Looking back he explained “It was hard to talk to strangers … Continue reading »


Video: Adelante Youth and SF State Visit

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Originally posted by Cesar Cruz Perfect example of how KQED’s American Graduate Initiative can make an impact of the lives of high school students who are eager to learn and expand their experiences. As Cesar Cruz, ARISE High, Adelante Coordinator, … Continue reading »


Video: Anthony Spears Jr. and America Scores

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Watch this compelling story of how a child found his voice through the transformative powers of poetry, friendship, and soccer.


Twin Sisters from Oakland Heading to Yale — Together

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The Education Blog May 8, 2012 Written By Katy Murphy I recently had the chance to sit down with Kim and Jack Mejia-Cuellar, twin sisters from Media Academy (Fremont campus) in East Oakland who have both been awarded full scholarships to … Continue reading »


Video: Poetry Inside Out

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Truly CA Shorts is KQED’s monthly podcast of short documentary films by California filmmakers. Serious to absurd, the truth is always stranger than fiction! Poetry Inside Out captures the struggle of bilingual kids who are crossing boundaries of culture and … Continue reading »


Youth Guest Blogger: Going Home

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Written by Sydnee Logan Step to College Student My classmates did a great job presenting! The response at the convention was great! We practiced all morning with two practice sessions for both groups. They then began to practice on their … Continue reading »