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

Long Beach Youth Shares Her Isolation Diary, “My Descent Into Sadness.”

Yesenia Pacheco | May 12, 2020
Communities, Community Health, Education
This is what it’s like being a young college student in Long Beach right now.

Bittersweet Kudos! — Staff Reporter Transition

VoiceWaves | May 6, 2020
Other News
For the three and a half years since, Crystal has led dozens of interactive workshops, impacting the learning of many…

Can Youth Jobs be Long Beach’s True Crime Deterrent? — VoiceWaves Long Beach

Carlos Villicana | April 29, 2020
Communities, Economy
Youth jobs prevent crime but only half of teens have access to a paying gig, Long Beach survey says.

How I Overcame Language Barriers in Long Beach Unified – Student Narrative

Snigdha Barua | April 1, 2020
Arts + Culture, Education
Youth Reporter and poet Snigdha Barua shows how one can learn to speak “Benglish” and be both Bengali and American.

Pocket Privilege [VIDEO]

Crystal Niebla | March 30, 2020
Communities, Opinion
Got pockets? Well, if you wear women’s clothes, probably not.

QUIZ: Which Feminist Icon Are You?

Chantera Walton | March 23, 2020
Arts + Culture
Based on your preferences, discover which feminist icon you are most like!