Oakland’s Youth Radio Wins Nation’s Highest Honor from Michelle Obama

We would like to congratulate our grant recipient Youth Radio for being awarded this week with the White House’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award! This prestigious award is the nation’s highest honor and was given by First Lady Michelle Obama to only 12 community-based arts and humanities organizations across the country. First Lady Michelle Obama stated: “The 2012 awardees demonstrate the power that comes from young people realizing their creative promise. These outstanding organizations from across the country inspire our youth to explore the world of possibility that awaits them, and they are gaining critical skills that translate into every other aspect of their lives.”

Youth Radio’s work has made a significant impact in the lives of many young people over the past two decades by improving academic scores and graduation rates, enhancing life skills, helping youth express themselves creatively, and develop positive relationships with peers and adults. Kudos to Youth Radio for their outstanding achievement as they make Oakland proud!

Photo: Youth Radio Producer Nishat Kurwa and Student Shyra Gums with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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