VoiceWaves equips young people with news 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.

VoiceWaves has existed since 2011 and produces annual print publications distributed by the Press-Telegram, produces youth-led news content for the web on a weekly basis, runs a TwitterFacebook 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, Press-Telegram, KCET & more.

Latest Stories from VoiceWaves

Award-winning painter showcases ocean ripples, pollution awareness at Aquarium of the Pacific

Briana Mendez-Padilla | November 26, 2019
Arts + Culture, Environment
“Finding aesthetic elegance helps me cope with the destruction,” said ocean and water artist Danielle Eubank.

MOLAA’s 2019 Día de los Muertos Exhibit Showcases the Old and New

Yesenia Pacheco | November 25, 2019
Arts + Culture
One artist hand-sewed an 18-foot quilt honoring women killed in Mexico for a selected period of time.

“You Are Beautiful”— A Teen’s Long Recovery from Eating Disorder

VoiceWaves | November 22, 2019
Community Health, Uncategorized
A Long Beach youth describes their struggles with an eating disorder and their road to recovery.

#HomeForTheHolidays: Long Beach Council Passes Emergency Protections from Evictions Without ‘Just Cause’

Carlos Villicana | November 16, 2019
The temporary eviction moratorium will stand until Dec. 31, one day before AB 1482 takes effect on Jan. 1. In…

Tackling Vaping Culture at Long Beach Poly High School

Luis Sanchez | November 15, 2019
Community Health
Students at Poly open up about vaping on campus. One counselor is trying to do something about it.

Animal Cruelty Images Turn Heads in Long Beach Protest

Alvin Engo | November 12, 2019
Chickens, pigs and cows being gruesomely mutilated and slaughtered played on flat screen televisions held by members of Anonymous for…