Our Mission: To support and equip young people with the journalism and advocacy skills they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities.
Our History: In 2006, over 25 youth began participating in weekly after-school writing workshops where they congregated in the hallway of a two-story building in West Fresno and learned the essentials of creating media and telling their stories. The group evolved over the next five years and is now proudly recognized as The kNOw Youth Media.
Through our program, we create opportunities for our youth participants, who in turn create long-term positive change in their communities. Our approach weaves youth development and youth media innovation to produce our annual youth print publication and digital content year-round.
We were a part of YouthWire, a collection of 5 youth-led media hubs across California. YouthWire began as a project of New America Media, which was the country’s first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 2,000 ethnic news organizations. In 2018, The kNOw Youth Media became a project of Youth Leadership Institute.
Johnsen Del Rosario (he/him)
Senior Program Coordinator
Johnsen joined The kNOw Youth Media as a youth reporter in 2015, writing on health and justice issues in the community. As a reporter, he wrote the graphic novel, “How Did We Get Here? Fresno”, an in-depth look at how Fresno’s political, social, racial, and economic history shaped the city of Fresno to what it is today. With a strong passion for youth development, youth voice, and community health, Johnsen became staff in 2018 and now coordinates The kNOw Youth Media as a Senior Program Coordinator. Johnsen graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and was part of Fusion’s Rise Up: Be Heard journalism fellowship in 2017.
Kody Stoebig (she/her)
Kody first joined The kNOw Youth Media as a youth mentor in 2014, creating content and mentoring younger reporters, and was then hired on as a part-time staff. In this role, she excelled in graphics and social media. Since then, she has become The kNOw’s Program Manager & Editor and leads The kNOw, now a program of Youth Leadership Institute, in providing young people with the tools they need to tell their stories and the stories of their communities. With a passion for personal narratives and youth voice, Kody leads the youth reporters of The kNOw in creating passionate and crucial change throughout Fresno. Kody graduated with a degree in Communication: Media and Film from Fresno Pacific University and was a part of the inaugural Fusion Rise Up: Be Heard fellowship program in 2016.