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Doctors killing teens? The dangers of prescription opioid drugs

Opioid addiction among teens often begins with a doctor’s prescription for a narcotic pain killer. Doctors and residents discuss how a national opioid abuse epidemic has played out in the … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Poetry: My favorite color

Fresno 16-year-old Angel Vargas uses the colors of the rainbow in this poem to explore a vision of herself. The colors represent her aspirations, dreams and self-doubts. “Oh, I wish … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

The road to recovery: daughter of addiction

Aaliyah Jensen remembers the days when her mother was deep in addiction, at times locking her in a room while she did drugs in the house. Her mother is now … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Earth Day draws hundreds in North Richmond

With creek clean-ups, gardening and baseball, North Richmond residents celebrated Earth Day in April with an annual festival. Amid the food, music and activities, organizers presented information about how pollution … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

I want to break gender barriers, so I’m going into construction

Grace Vaughan Brekke plans to study construction management when she starts college in the fall. She’s well aware that it’s a male-dominated field but she’s undaunted by the challenges she … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Haitian refugees and San Diego’s housing crisis — a documentary

San Diego’s housing crisis has put pressure on the city’s Haitian refugee community.  Youth reporters in San Diego filmed a short documentary — “Settling: Hope and Housing” — about the … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Long Beach remembers the L.A. riots 25 years later

Youth reporters with VoiceWaves in Long Beach interviewed residents and police officers who lived through the civil unrest that broke out in 1992 in Los Angeles when the police officers … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

California youth weigh in: mental health

Young people from across California share their experiences with depression, bullying and other mental health challenges. They ask adults and peers to listen, set aside judgements and be aware each … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

REACH: disease prevention through empowerment

This short documentary honors the women advocates involved with ALCANCE, a local chronic disease prevention education program. The true power of their work lies in sharing information and empowering members of the community. Produced … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

With a deported father, California teen lives life between borders

Every other weekend, a 16-year-old Los Angeles high schooler packs a bag to spend the weekend with her father in Tijuana. Her father was deported six years ago, and the … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

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