YOUTH BEAT PROVIDES FREE DIGITAL MEDIA TRAINING TO KIDS FROM SOME OF THE BAY AREA’S LOWEST INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS. OUR MISSION IS TO HELP INNER-CITY KIDS GET ON A PATH THAT LEADS TO SUCCESS IN COLLEGE, CAREER, AND LIFE.

2009 — FOUNDED
Youth Beat was founded as the Media Enterprise Alliance by Jeff Key-- a long-time art and media teacher at Head Royce, a prestigious private school in the Oakland hills.

Disturbed by the lack of opportunities available to Oakland’s low-income youth, Jeff set out to provide the same kind of cutting edge media arts training provided at private schools to low-income students in Oakland public schools for free.

Jeff launches an institutional partnership with KDOL-TV and develops an accredited video production class through the Oakland Unified School District and Laney College.

Now, Youth Beat has served over 1000 youth throughout the Oakland Unified School District.

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August 2012
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