Youth Media Awards to Honor Young Storytellers


When it comes to young storytellers, the East Bay has a unique and diverse mix of individuals.


To recognize these brilliant and innovative young people, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson will host the East Bay Youth Media Awards on Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at the historic Preservation Park in Oakland.


The inaugural event will honor six youth, ages 13-25, nominated by their peers and adult supporters in the areas of media production, video, photography, animation, radio production and social media.


The East Bay Youth Media Awards is “designed to inspire future generations to elevate the field of media technology through cutting edge ideas and creations,” said Supervisor Carson.


The event will also support local youth media organizations including Youth Radio, KDOL Media Enterprise Alliance and United Roots.


“Supporting the workforce of our 21st century is critical. Through our partnership with community-based organizations shaping the minds and innovation in our youth leaders, we want to help raise awareness and celebrate the incredible young talent emerging from the East Bay,” Supervisor Carson said.



Youth Radio is a nationally recognized media program established more than 20 years ago, which recently received the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. KDOL Media Enterprise Alliance is an award-winning Oakland school-based media-arts program serving hundreds of inner-city youth with the goal of keeping young people engaged in school, and developing criteria for college admission and job placement.


United Roots (UR) works with marginalized youth to offer leadership, arts, and media programs that engage issues of social change.


“With the support of UR, I have learned to run my own business as a freelance filmmaker, and enhanced my communication and leadership skills as a result of mentoring other youth in the organization,” said Dashawn Clinton, co-producer of UR’s Determination Project.


At United Roots, Dashawn not only found an outlet to express his creative gifts, but also gained the 21st-century skills of game design, graphic design and music production.


Partners of the event are NBC Bay Area, COMCAST, The Akonadi Foundation, KBLX, The POST Newsgroup, Visit Oakland, Pixar and California Emerging Technology Fund.


For tickets, visit For more information, call (510) 272-6695.


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