Youth Advisory Board

2016-2017 Youth Advisory Board, Top L-R: Tariq, Cooper, Asia, Julie, Orion, Gabriel; Middle: Crystal, Cami, Divya, Raquel; Bottom: Eunice, Chanelle (staff), Gillian

Are you a high school student who likes sharing your opinion? Do you believe in the power of media to educate and empower? Then join KQED’s Youth Advisory Board!

Applications for the 2018–2019 school year will open in late August. Stay tuned!

What is it?

KQED is a public media organization that delivers important news and stories to Northern California on TV, radio and the web. We also create interactive tools and content to help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms. And we want to hear from you.

We want teen voices to help us better serve young people with meaningful media content in and out of the classroom. You can expect to:

  • Hear pitches from KQED staff on new products and media // Questions like, what do you think of our new online platform for students? What topics are interesting to you?
  • Advise on topics and production of KQED’s award-winning YouTube series, Above the Noise // We’re planning our spring calendar of episodes. What issues and topics are you most curious about?

Your ideas and opinions will make an impact on KQED’s work, which is seen and heard nationwide.

Who are we looking for?

All high school student voices are welcome! You can be someone who enjoys using media and following interesting content, or someone who makes media yourself. We love creative thinkers; people who don’t necessarily fit in a box; those who can represent non-mainstream, underrepresented voices; and anyone who’s curious and excited about all kinds of media—social media, video, podcasts, blogs and more.

Whether you’re outgoing or on the shy side, being comfortable working in a group and a willingness to share your opinion is essential (and we’ll provide the tools and support to do that!).

Meet members of the 2017–2018 Youth Advisory Board!
Meet members of the 2016–2017 Youth Advisory Board!

Why get involved?

Youth Advisory Board members gain valuable leadership and communication skills, go behind the scenes of the media making process, and get exposure to different career paths in media. It’s a great opportunity to build community with other Bay Area teens, learn more about media making, and use your voice to help KQED provide better programming to students and the KQED audience as a whole.


  • A high school student in grades 9-12.
  • An interest in media or media production and/or at least one of our key areas of interest: News, Arts, Science, Education.
  • An interest in advising and giving input on various KQED programs, products and initiatives.
  • Able to attend after-school meetings every other week at KQED in San Francisco.
  • Complete a one-year term. (For non-seniors, members are eligible to serve up to two years.)

When is it?

The Youth Advisory Board meets every other Tuesday (except December) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm during the school year. The 2017-18 meeting dates are:

October 10 December 12 March 6
October 24 January 9 March 20
November 7 January 23 April 3
November 21 February 6 April 17
December 5 February 20 May 1

Where is it?

KQED is located at 2601 Mariposa Street, in the Mission District of San Francisco.


Youth Advisory Board members receive a $400 Visa gift card for their participation (paid in two installments). Plus, yummy snacks during meetings.

Transportation funds are available for those who may have challenges with traveling to and from meetings.

Youth Advisory Board 6 June,2018Youth Media Team

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