Youth Advisory Board

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KQED’s Youth Advisory Board is made up of high school students from across the San Francisco Bay Area region who provide feedback for KQED’s content and products.

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.

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

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed.

What is it?

As a member of YAB you can expect to:

  • Advise on different KQED products and programs, in Education and News  // Questions like, what do you think of our new online investigation tool for students? Or, what stories are you paying attention to in the news?
  • 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?
  • Inform the curation and creation of youth-produced news stories for a future Youth Takeover
  • Attend community events and serve as youth ambassadors in the community

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 past members!
2017–2018 Youth Advisory Board
2016–2017 Youth Advisory Board

Why get involved?

Youth Advisory Board members…

  • Gain valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Serve as a KQED ambassador in your community
  • Go behind the scenes of the media making process
  • 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, 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 monthly after-school meetings at KQED in San Francisco, two Saturday meetings (Fall, Spring), and at least one community event.
  • Complete a one-year term. (For non-seniors, members are eligible to serve up to two years.)
  • Immediate family members of KQED staff are ineligible.

When is it?

The Youth Advisory Board meets once a month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Tuesdays, as well as on two Saturdays, one in each semester, during the school year. Any additional  meet-ups, including one required community event, will be announced throughout the school year.

Thursday, October 4*
October 16
Saturday, November (Date TBD)
November 13
December 11

January 15
Saturday, February 2
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 7
Friday, May 17**

*Parent/YAB Orientation
**End of the Year Celebration

Where is it?

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


Youth Advisory Board members receive a $300 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.

Application Timeline

  • Sunday, September 9: Applications are due by 11:59pm.
  • Wednesday, September 12: We will invite candidates to the group interview stage.
  • September 17-19: Group and individual interviews!
  • Thursday, September 27: Acceptance notifications will be sent via email.

Questions? Email us at

Youth Advisory Board 13 September,2018Ariana Proehl

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