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Youth Media

NETA is committed to amplifying youth voice by promoting and distributing media produced by/with/for youth, with a particular emphasis on both universal access to opportunity and on elevating the civic and creative expressions of youth most often marginalized. 

The following is a collection of youth media programs that your station can adopt, adapt, or get inspired by! 

Would you like to share your youth media initiatives? Submit your work here for an opportunity to be featured.


Vision Maker Media. Together we are vision makers. Native Youth Media Project.The Native Youth Media Project partners with Native youth organizations, working with youth 15-24 years of age in rural and urban Native communities. The partnership is collaborative, where the youth organization has autonomy and oversight of the project, while Vision Maker Media contributes resources for media training, production, and community engagement. The partnership works together to strengthen Native youths' story development. Youth, then, produce short-format videos around topics and issues relevant to and affecting them. They then share their stories with audiences in the community. 
The impact for participating is the youth become more engaged citizens, strengthen their collaborative and critical thinking, deeply increase knowledge about their culture and history, and they sustain meaningful cross-cultural connections with each other and the audiences. Vision Maker Media looks to involve local PBS stations, when working in an area, to provide tours, training sessions, internship opportunities, and more. 

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting LabsPBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs is building the next generation of informed media creators and consumers. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum to develop digital media, critical thinking, and communication skills while producing original news reports. Learn about SRL’s current projects


By/With/For Youth: Inspiring Next Gen Public Media Audiences is a research and development initiative that explores the role of media in the lives of tweens and teens, and where public media fits in. Check out their first publication: Navigating Youth Media Landscapes: Challenges and Opportunities for Public Media, by Patrick Davison, Monica Bulger, and Mary Madden, October 26, 2020.

KQED Youth Media ChallengeKQED Youth Media Challenge offers stations an opportunity to engage tweens and teens in fun challenges to create media. From promotion to airing Youth Media Challenge submissions, this is a great way to reach that middle audience.

GIRL Power!Girl Power! is an Emmy-nominated, multi-platform campaign that shines a light on girls who lead, mentor, impact and inspire those around them at home, at school, and in their communities. Produced by PBS North Carolina and distributed by NETA. Girl Power! also includes a PBS LearningMedia collection to further engage students.