Coachella Unincorporated equips young people with media and storytelling skills to uplift their stories and the stories of their communities, amplifies youth voice through media partnerships and encourages civic engagement through community health reporting.
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 and we produce annual print publications distributed by The Desert Sun, produce web content on a weekly basis, run a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account with relevant youth content and produces multimedia content year round.
Young people who join our program learn how to report, write and produce multimedia journalism content, all with the goal of helping to build a more equitable Eastern Coachella Valley.
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 have a say in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental policies, laws and regulations. We don’t want our community to be left out of these conversations. Our community knows what it needs and our community has solutions.
Salton Sea Mini Documentary:
A team of Coachella Uninc. reporters, led by Bryan Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez, will produce a mini documentary that explores key issues related to the Salton Sea and that uplifts the stories and work of local ECV residents who are taking action to advocate for their communities.