The Youth Advisory Board is back for year two! This fall we invited six returning members and nine brand new students to help us shape our content and fulfill our mission of including youth voice in our production process.

Their primary roles:

  • Hear pitches from KQED staff on new products and media
  • Provide feedback on current and future KQED media and education tools
  • Produce an episode of KQED’s hit new YouTube series, Above the Noise

Last year, the Board’s impact was felt throughout our department and across the KQED community. Their feedback directly shaped the look and feel of our YouTube series, Above the Noise, and members had the opportunity to represent the YAB at public events, conferences, and even on KQED’s airwaves! We’re ready for what is sure to be another great year.

Meet the 15 high school students helping to shape our content and tools.


Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Asia

Senior, Salesian College Preparatory High School

Richmond, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: Arthur
Favorite movie: Girls Trip
Favorite aspect of social media: You can post anything and anyone in any place can see it.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Brendon

Sophomore, The Branson School

Ross, CA
Preferred medium for storytelling: Video
Most used social media platform: Snapchat
Favorite aspect of public media: The lack of bias

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Cami

Sophomore, International High School

San Francisco, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: Jacques Pepin
Favorite movie: Dead Poets Society
Favorite aspect of public media: It is so accessible.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Cazathia

Freshman, Mills High School

Milbrae, CA
Favorite academic subject: Spanish
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series
Preferred medium for storytelling: Books!

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Edward

Freshman, San Mateo High School

San Mateo, CA
Preferred medium for storytelling: Video
Most inspiring part of today’s media landscape: The potential of the internet, giving people the ability to broadcast themselves excites me and should be utilized in order for all perspectives to be heard.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Elke

Junior, Mission High School

San Francisco, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: PBS Kids Sprout 
Preferred medium for storytelling: Audiobooks and movies
Favorite aspect of public media: The interconnectedness and unity among people despite disagreements

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Gabe

Junior, Lowell High School

San Francisco, CA
Favorite academic subject: History
Favorite podcast: This American Life
Favorite aspect of public media: NPR

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Gia

Freshman, Notre Dame High School Belmont

Belmont, CA
Favorite academic subject: History because you can see how far the country has grown
Most used social media platform: Instagram
Favorite aspect of public media: NPR

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Harerisson

Sophomore, Capuchino High School

San Bruno, CA
Favorite academic subject: Cultural Anthropology 
Most used social media platform: Snapchat
Preferred platform for storytelling: YouTube

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Julie

Senior, Palo Alto High School

Palo Alto, CA
Highlights from last year’s YAB: New perspectives, exposure to new ideas, really intellectual conversations and possibilities that I didn’t imagine previously.

 

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Maxwell

Freshman, Skyline High School

Oakland, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: Arthur
Favorite academic subject: Ethnic Studies
Favorite aspect of public media: It connects and informs people.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Nick

Junior, Sequoia High School

Redwood City, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS or NPR: Sesame Street and Terry Gross’ soothing way of saying  “Welcome to Fresh Air”
Favorite book: “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout”, Laura Jane Grace
Favorite aspect of public media: It’s challenging, questioning, and authoritative.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Qadir

Sophomore, Oakland Technical High School

Oakland, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: Cyberchase
Favorite academic subject: Math
Preferred medium for storytelling: Video

 

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Raquel

Junior, Albany High School

Albany, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS or NPR: Dragon Tales and listening to NPR
Most used social media platform: Tumblr
Favorite aspect of public media: It invokes a sense of community and connects people.

Masha Pershay | KQED Education

Tariq

Sophomore, Junipero Serra High School

San Mateo, CA
Earliest Memory of PBS: Caillou
Most used social media platform: Instagram
Favorite movie:The Fast and the Furious franchise

Meet the 2017-18 Youth Advisory Board 26 October,2017Chanelle Ignant

  • Rick Gaston

    Can you please let us know what the process is through which students are selected? How would students apply?

Author

Chanelle Ignant

Chanelle is the Youth Media Specialist for KQED Learning. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.

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