AYA 2019 Cohort at Homeboy Industries.

2020 Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

Due to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and well-being of our community, the 2020 Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement (AYA) will be conducted entirely online. We are deeply committed to welcoming you into the USC Annenberg community with an academically rigorous program, access to faculty who are leaders in their fields and the unique opportunity to explore your academic interests at USC Annenberg. We are currently working to create a program and experience to bring USC Annenberg to you in the digital space. 

We will continue to accept applications for the AYA program until the deadline of Friday April 24, 2020.

The online AYA  program will run from June 17 – July 1, 2020. We will provide more details in the coming weeks. Please continue to check back here with more information


The Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement is a four-week summer intensive academy for 26 talented high school students from the communities surrounding the USC University Park and Health Science Campuses. Students are exposed to the equivalent of first-year college-level courses and develop a rich conceptual understanding and practice of the necessary role that media communications and journalism play in fashioning civic-minded thought leaders and innovators.

AYA strengthens students’ skills in writing, critical thought, public speech and debate, multimedia production, interviewing and ethnography — all essential competencies required for excellence in and out of the classroom in the 21st century. The students are introduced to USC Annenberg’s undergraduate programs and services, as well as possible careers in media and journalism. They have opportunities to meet the school's innovative scholars who are advancing issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in communication and journalism communities of practice.

Program Dates: Wednesday, June 17 – Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Program Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

AYA 2020 includes:

  • AYA swag
  • 1 period per day (each day we will cover a different topic)
  • College advising and college essay preparation from the USC College Advising Corps
  • Ability to meet new peers and engage with our faculty, students and staff
  • Participate directly from your home

As you prepare to apply, read about how AYA creates a pipeline for students

The AYA 2020 application has opened. Click the button below to apply.

Apply for AYA 2020

View the 2018 AYA Student Projects.

For more information about Annenberg Youth Academy, please contact:

Jaime Carias
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Director, Annenberg Youth Academy
carias@usc.edu
(213) 740-1215

Dr. Taj Frazier
Associate Professor of Communication
Director, Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)
rfrazier@usc.edu
(213) 740-6595