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2020 Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

Thank you for visiting the 2020 AYA page. Due the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic causing schools to be closed for the foreseeable future, USC Annenberg will be extending the 2020 AYA application deadline to a future date, which is still to be determined. Please check back at this page for the latest updates regarding the new application deadline. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jaime Carias, AYA Director, at carias@usc.edu.

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: Monday, June 15, 2020 – Friday, July 10, 2020 (no class on Friday, July 3 due to Independence Day)
Program Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, at Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN) 

AYA 2020 includes:

  • Free breakfast and lunch daily
  • AYA swag
  • One TAP card with a $50 value (if needed)
  • Educational field trips
  • Three periods per day
  • 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

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

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For more information about Annenberg Youth Academy, please contact:

Jaime Carias
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Director, Annenberg Youth Academy
(213) 740-1215

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