AYA 2019 Cohort at Homeboy Industries.

2021 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 2021 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. 

AYA applications will open on January 4, 2021 and continue to accept applications for the AYA program until the deadline of Friday, March 26, 2021.

The online AYA program will run from June 16 – July 7, 2021. 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 three-week online summer intensive academy for 28 talented high school students from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and San Diego County. 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 16 - Wednesday July 7th 
Program Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. via Zoom

AYA 2021 includes:

  • AYA swag
  • 2 periods 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
  • Free of cost for the 28 students selected to participate

As you prepare to apply, read about a LAUSD Highschool student’s experience at AYA.

The AYA 2021 application opened on January 4th, 2021. Click the button below to apply.

Apply for AYA 2021

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