Eastern Coachella Valley
The Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) is a rural, unincorporated area in Southern California with a thriving community, which includes indigenous folks, Purépecha community, immigrant communities, and the queer community. Our programs support young people to identify the root causes of systemic issues in their communities and to uplift their own stories to bring about positive change.
Coachella Unincorporated was the first youth media program based in the ECV, followed by ¡Que Madre! Media in 2018. More recently, we launched our COVID-19 Response work, which has put youth voice at the forefront of addressing the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities. Our ECV office is also a member of the ECV Pride Planning Committee.
The ECV also provides a career pipeline for our youth participants by offering paid youth internships to help lead our programming. Our current interns include Consuelo Marquez, Stephanie Serrato, and Jonathan Lopez.
Timeline of Wins in Eastern Coachella Valley
Community Member and advocate, Conchita Pozar, publishes an OpEd demanding action on the Salton Sea in The Press-Enterprise.
Youth publish and distribute a COVID-19 collaborative booklet that includes youth narratives, resources guide, and access to local information regarding COVID-19.
We collaboratively decided to create a youth task force that would have direct access to decision makers as well as received multimedia workshops.
Behind Our Masks, a statewide publication, centers on the issues affecting young adults in California.
PPE and informational booklets are delivered to over 1,000 people in our community.
The ECV offices sits on the Planning Committee of ECV Pride for the third year in a row.
We’re proud to present the Spring 2020 digital magazine from ¡Que Madre! Media. In this issue, you’ll find incredible youth art, narratives and a mental health resource guide.
Youth write to CVUSD school board members demanding that they prioritize young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Olivia Rodriguez publishes an article on Salton Sea communities, which needed relief long before coronavirus hit, in The Desert Sun.
The Grassroots Womxn Rising convening hosted hundreds of resilient womxn of color – including yli youth! – involved with the California Endowment’s health equity campaign, “Building Healthy Communities” (BHC).
A team of Coachella Uninc. reporters, led by Bryan Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez, produced a mini documentary that explores key issues related to the Salton Sea and that uplifts the stories of local ECV residents.
Estamos Aquí: A Community Documentary, receives the Youth Leadership in Air Quality Award from the South Coast AQMD Clean Air Awards.
Coachella Unincorporated and ¡Que Madre! Media programs partnered with KQED’s The California Report to create, edit and co-host a show uplifting stories from the Eastern Coachella valley related to mental health, community, education and youth power.
¡Que Madre! Media co-hosts Semana de la Mujer at Desert Mirage Highschool in Thermal, CA. The week-long event featured resources and workshops for young women on campus.
Coachella Uninc. youth filmmakers present Estamos Aquí: A Community Documentary at the California Institute for Rural Studies’ Rural Justice Summit in Merced, CA.
YLI Eastern Coachella Valley opens new office in Coachella, CA. This office houses both Coachella Unincorporated and ¡Que Madre! Media.
A team of Coachella Unincorporated youth filmmakers premiered Estamos Aquí: A Community Documentary in Coachella, CA.
YLI welcomed YouthWire, a cutting edge statewide youth media program, into the organization on October 1, 2018.