Coachella Unincorporated

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Coachella Unincorporated equips young people to uplift their stories and the stories of their communities. Coachella Unincorporated is the first and only youth media program based in the Eastern Coachella Valley. We are proud to call the Eastern Coachella Valley our home.

Young people in Coachella Unincorporated identify the root causes of systemic inequities in their communities and uplift their own stories to bring about positive change. They produce annual print publications distributed by The Desert Sun, produce web content on a weekly basis, run a TwitterFacebook and Instagram account with relevant youth content and produces multimedia content year round.

We produce multimedia content regularly through print publications and online through our website and social media accounts. We also partner with traditional media outlets to further amplify youth and community narratives across the state.

Environmental Justice Campaign

In 2018, Coachella Unincorporated joined the Alianza (formerly Building Healthy Communities) Environmental Justice campaign in an effort to help our community, the Eastern Coachella Valley, better understand that Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income. Our rural, unincorporated community should be centered in the development and implementation of environmental policies, laws and regulations. Our community knows what it needs and our community has solutions.

Estamos Aquí: A Community Documentary

A team of Coachella Uninc. reporters, led by Bryan Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez, produced a mini documentary that explores key issues related to the Salton Sea and that uplifts the stories of local ECV residents who are taking action to advocate for their communities. The film won Best Documentary at the 2019 Latino Film Festival and was awarded the Youth Leadership Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Latest Stories from Coachella Unincorporated

Redefining Beauty: My Journey of Self-Love

Coachella Unincorporated | July 21, 2020
Uncategorized
[Translate] By Rosa Gonzalez Andrade I am on a journey of self-love, where I’m fighting myself. When I look in

Walking in the Dark: we need representation to improve infrastructure in Eastern Coachella Valley

Coachella Unincorporated | May 27, 2020
Articles, Environment, Just Published
[Translate] By Rosa González Andrade My community is beautiful. The people from the Eastern Coachella Valley  (ECV) are comforting and

Incendiario Basurero en Thermal da Como Resultado Calidad de Aire Peligroso

Coachella Unincorporated | October 24, 2019
En Español, Environment, Health
[Translate] By Coachella Unincorporated El incendiario basurero en la Avenida 66 y Polk Street en Thermal, Calif. ha empeorado gravemente

Thermal Dump Fire Creates Hazardous Air Quality

Coachella Unincorporated | October 24, 2019
Environment, Health
[Translate] By Coachella Unincorporated The dump fire on Ave 66th and Polk Street in Thermal, Calif. worsened the air quality

Lenguas del Valle: Growing up queer, checking boxes and visions of the future

Coachella Unincorporated | October 18, 2019
LGBTQ+, Youth Narrative
[Translate] By Joseph Avila / Coachella Unincorporated Author’s Note: The sun shone bright against a bleach blue sky when I

The Power of Poetry & Self Love: An Interview with Adriana Torres

Coachella Unincorporated | July 7, 2019
¡Que Madre! Media, Articles
[Translate] By Fatima Ramirez / Coachella Unincorporated Author’s Note: An incoming junior at Desert Mirage High School, Adriana Torres is