Youth Beat provides free media training, youth development and employment opportunities for students in Oakland public schools


After-School Programs.

Youth Beat after school programs provide in-depth training that prepares them for careers in a growing and rewarding career field.

Our digital pathways in Film, TV Production, and Animation expose students to the fruitful and rewarding career opportunities available to them in the media industry—all for free.

Youth Beat classes are:
Free of charge
Taught by accomplished media professionals
Open to all OUSD high school students
Earn OUSD and Laney College credit.


Youth Internships and Employment

Advanced students work for our production company Youth Beat PRO and complete professional projects for real-life clients. These interns:

Works alongside accomplished media professionals.

Build a professional portfolio of work to launch their careers and college applications

Gain valuable work experience.

Deepen their technical skills.


Summer Programs

We offer digital media intensives and workshops during the summer as well as paid internships that keep students learning and growing while school is out of session.

We offer:

Introductory workshops for students interested in exploring and developing new digital skills

Digital media intensives that prepare students for careers in the media industry

Summer internships that put students to work on paid professional projects



School Site Programs.

Youth Beat partners with Oakland schools to provide quality digital media training programs across the city. Each school site program is unique and custom built to fit the needs of the school, from year-long intensive video and photography programs to short workshops and media mentorship to classroom teachers.  

Youth Beat currently runs programs at the following school sites:

Oakland International High School

MetWest High School

Fremont High School

La Escuelita K-8

Community Day School

Madison Park Academy Middle School



Youth Beat PRO provides professional media services to clients in the East Bay—employing low-income Oakland youth in the process.