July 20, 2016

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $1.8M Federal Grant to Oakland’s Youth Radio

Oakland, CAToday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that Youth Radio (Oakland, CA), will receive a $1,845,000 million grant award from the National Science Foundation to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through multimedia journalism and related app development.

“Youth Radio is a gem in our community and a global leader in innovative science journalism. I am pleased that they have been selected to receive this competitive funding from the National Science Foundation,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.   “STEM education is the key to our economic future. We must equip our young people with the necessary skills and creativity to succeed in the 21st century global economy.”

Over the past eight years, Youth Radio has demonstrated their STEM driven curriculum can engage underserved youth and put them in leadership positions in technological innovation. This funding will allow Youth Radio to scale up and create the Youth News Network, a nationwide feeder system for youth reporters and educators. 

Founded in 1992, 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 mass audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. 


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity