Youth Movement Records (YMR) is a youth-driven media arts organization inspiring under-served urban youth, ages 13-19, to engage in learning, leadership and positive community involvement. YMR involves youth through music, mentoring and entrepreneurship in order to reduce violence, develop skills and create community change. YMR is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

Founded in 2003, Youth Movement Records was the first organization to use the model of a recording company to engage youth in leadership, artistic development and community involvement. YMR engages hundreds of young people annually with project-based workshops and hands-on opportunities to produce original music, events and media. The positive social messages in our CD and video productions, as well as our much needed community events, reach thousands of young people each year.

We are proud of the fact that in a city where less than 50% of students finish high school, YMR's seniors graduate at a rate of more than 90%.

YMR creates opportunities for:

  • Youth leadership & engagement
  • Artistic development
  • Job readiness, professional development & entrepreneurship
  • Outlets for self-expression & positive recognition
  • Critical thinking & community involvement
  • Mentorship with supportive adults

This video captures YMR on the road in support of Amnesty International.

Youth Movement Records has fast become a recognized cultural organization in the Bay Area and beyond. YMR has received coverage from the press including pieces in NPR’s Marketplace, ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and other media outlets. YMR received a prestigious Icon Award from Music for America for its work, alongside Green Day and Mayor Gavin Newsome.

Locally, YMR can be found at events ranging from small community functions to high-profile showcases such as San Francisco’s Carnaval, the Power to the Peaceful event or the Noise Pop Music Festival. Recently, YMR has partnered in a national campaign led by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to support the film, Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, which takes a critical look at the prevalence of sexism, materialism and violence in current mainstream music.