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Dallas Youth Podcast

Our Mission:

The Dallas Youth Podcast is a bi-monthly, youth-led podcast that aims to inform teens about what’s happening around the city, issues affecting teens within the city, and teen involvement in the Youth Commission.

We hope to have “special guests,” such as therapists/psychologists to give mental health advice and young adults who work with the police department to speak on police brutality/ways to report the police within the city. These special guests could also include high school students, who would be able to give their opinion on matters affecting teens (abortion, the government, environmental issues), and how they’re affected as Dallas citizens. Then we would discuss solutions; they can give feedback for the Youth Commission about what we can do to tackle these problems. 

Our goal is to bring a more current and targeted approach to communicating with Dallas youth. Being educated is extremely important; and what better way to learn about issues in your community than from other teens? We'll make it understandable, fun, and interesting listening experience!

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October 7th


Cover Art Competition

Are you an artist interested in having your art showcased to teens across the city? The Dallas Youth Podcast is looking for teen-drawn covers to be the face of our project. You can be as creative as you'd like (as long as you follow the guidelines, of course). Take a chance and submit your art! The prize for the winner is $100!

If you are interested in having your school be notified about this opportunity, please reach out to us at

Competition Requirements:

A PDF of the requirements is linked here.

It includes a clear picture of the Dallas Youth Commission logo.

Elements of the City

Your submission must include at least one element of Dallas. It can be a landmark, building, or artwork found in the city - get creative with your design!

   Podcast Related

As you know, the art you're submitting is to be the face of the Dallas Youth Podcast. Please ensure that your art doesn't stray from this theme! If you want, you can portray this theme in any way you see fit.


In order to be uploaded as a cover for the podcast, all submissions must be in JPG or PNG format! Any other file types will not be accepted.

3000x3000 / 5.0 MB

Tying back into the previous requirement; the picture you're entering cannot exceed the requirement listed above. Make sure your file size is not bigger than 0.5 MB (megabytes). Any submissions above these requirements cannot be accepted!

    1400 x 1400 Pixels

The photo you are submitting of your work must fit into the Spotify Podcast Submission requirements. So please, before submitting, make sure your work is at least 1400 x 1400 pixels.

          DYC Logo

Last but certainly not least, your artwork must incorporate the Dallas Youth Commission logo! Please keep the colors and letter design similar/almost the same, but allow yourself to explore.

Meet The Team


Andrea Mercado

  • Instagram

The creator of the podcast. She's witty, sorta funny, and is great when it comes to giving other people advice.


Myles Sturns-Thomas

  • Twitter

He's funny, he's sassy, and he's what brings this podcast together. He's the one that ties down everyone and brings us back to reality.


Margarita Hernandez

  • TikTok

She's definitely one to talk about her own experiences. She's feisty but super considerate of others' situations. 

Listen to our Podcast:

The Dallas Youth Podcast is looking for your thoughts about what we should talk about! But before we ask, there are several things we have to prepare for release. We will be posting our release schedule, as well as a link to our episodes in this section.  Feel free to share with your friends! 

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Coming Soon

Stay Tuned

Want to join us?

Are you interested in contributing to the podcast? If you want to share your ideas and potential topics, or you just want to be featured in an episode, feel free to fill out the form. We are looking for any form of feedback you have for us! If you are a professional looking to speak with us/be in an episode, please indicate so - you will be contacted shortly after your submission.

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