Youth Radio: media training without that “school-like feel”

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“Peer teaching is at the heart of Youth Radio,” Jacinda Abcarian, executive director of the Oakland-based media program, tells San Francisco Chronicle. “You don’t get that school-like feel; there are no adults talking down to you.” In a feature noting the organization‘s 10th anniversary, music journalist Ben Fong-Torres reports on Youth Radio’s growth from a tiny storefront operation in Berkeley to a media training ground that has served “some 10,000 urban kids,” produced news reports for NPR and other major news outlets, and established radio streams for musical expression and health concerns.