D'Mariey Johnson, 15, always knew he had a knack for writing. He also knew he wanted to be a broadcaster. But the Richmond teen didn't know where to go to get the skills until about a year ago, when an organization called Youth Radio set up shop and held lessons at his apartment complex, the Barrett's Housing Project.
Today, Johnson teaches students how to write and webcast radio commentary at Youth Radio in Berkeley.
"The area I live in is straight up violence, [Youth Radio] is something to get out of the way. You can go forward in life," said Johnson, who recently received a peer leadership award for his community service from Northern California Grantmakers' Association, a philanthropic association of foundations and corporate sponsors.
Youth Radio teaches broadcasting and media skills to at-risk teens. Based in Berkeley, the nonprofit uses a hands-on approach to teaching its students, many of who come from impoverished areas of the East Bay.
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