Youth TakeoverYouth Takeover

Teens have a lot to say about our constantly changing world. Throughout the school year, our Youth Media team works with select Bay Area high schools to help students produce stories reflecting their experiences and those of their communities. Each spring, we feature their stories on Perspectives, The California Report, Forum, Science, The Bay, KQED Newsroom, Bay Curious and other programs during Youth Takeover Week.

KQED Youth Takeover is an annual event in which KQED broadcasts student-produced content from nine Bay Area counties --  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, and Solano. The broadcast of this year's Youth Takeover will run from April 25 to April 29, 2022. Below you'll find student-produced content from last year's participating classrooms, as well as featured stories from previous Youth Takeover cohorts.

Calling All Teachers! If you are outside the Bay Area, you can still incorporate Youth Takeover curriculum into your classroom by participating in a KQED Youth Media Challenge. Choose from seven standards-aligned, media-making projects for subject areas from STEM to ELA. All student submissions are published on the Challenge Showcase, and some may be selected for broadcast. 

Teachers!  Learn more about incorporating Youth Takeover curriculum into your classroom by visiting KQED Learn's Youth Media Challenges


Isabella Montano Ponce: Latino Teens and Mental Health


Jose Castro: High Tech Learning is High Stress

The California Report Magazine

Youth Takeover: What Learning With Autism Is Like for One SF Teen

The California Report Magazine

Teen Rediscovers San Francisco's Enduring Skate Spot: EMB

The California Report Magazine

Diary of a Contact Tracer + Youth Takeover


Becoming a Teen YouTuber in the Times of COVID


Olive Savoie: That's So Gay


Youth Takeover: Thrift Shopping Has Become More Popular — and Controversial


Kimberly Higareda: Not Ready For Real Life