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

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…

VIDEO: Long Beach program and unhoused residents speak on struggles of people experiencing homelessness

CSULB Enterprise Reporters | July 28, 2021
Communities, long beach, The Housing Crisis
In this video, we follow a local community outreach program to learn more about what Long Beach’s unhoused residents are…

After months of organizing by tenants, City Council set to vote on temporarily banning evictions for substantial remodeling

Carlos Omar | July 6, 2021
Community Health, long beach, The Housing Crisis, voicewaves
Tenants and advocates have spoken up about a substantial remodeling “loophole” being used by landlords to pursue evictions. A policy…

Unhoused CSULB students face challenges accessing food, financial assistance during pandemic

CSULB Enterprise Reporters | June 30, 2021
Community Health, Education
Unhoused university students report existing issues with accessing food and financial aid being exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.