VoiceWaves equips young people with news media and storytelling skills to uplift their stories and the stories of their communities. It amplifies youth voice through media partnerships and encourages civic engagement through community health reporting.

VoiceWaves has existed since 2011 and produces annual print publications, produces youth-led news content for the web on a weekly basis, runs a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account with relevant youth content and produces multimedia content year round.

VoiceWaves Youth Reporters’ stories continue to be featured in The Long Beach Post, KQED, KCET & more.

VoiceWaves is open to Long Beach youth between the ages of 15 to 25, regardless of your experience level with media. To join, contact Carlos Omar at [email protected] or fill out this Google Form: tinyurl.com/joinvwlb

Latest Stories from Voicewaves

In Photos: Scenes from Long Beach Trans Pride 2021

Abel Reyes | November 18, 2021
Creating a space to offer events and services for youth and their families was the goal for the Long Beach…

Community “rises” through people power at Filipino Migrant Center’s “Pagbangon” anniversary event

Peter Villafañe | November 4, 2021
Filipino Migrant Center celebrated their 11th anniversary by highlighting the power of organizing and remembering those who were lost during…

OPINION | An American Spectre: How Education Was Infiltrated By Capital & Greed

Ceferino Martirez | October 30, 2021
Education, Opinion
In this piece from the latest issue of Calafia, VoiceWaves reporter Ceferino Martirez writes about how the American education system…

Long Beach youth host climate rally to raise awareness of demand for LBUSD to move away from fossil fuels

Briana Mendez-Padilla | October 6, 2021
The student group is asking the Board of Education and district leaders to move the school district’s energy supply away…

“The monarchs in my neighborhood:” A poem about moving to a new city

Rachel Livinal | October 5, 2021
Arts + Culture, Communities, Community Blog
In this poem, VoiceWaves reporter Rachel Livinal writes about her transition from a small city to the much larger city…

Flatline’s newest exhibit shows the impact the quarantine had on Long Beach and Jose Loza

Abel Reyes | September 15, 2021
Arts + Culture
The quarantine only strengthened the connection that Jose Loza had between his art and activism in the city of Long…