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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

The great Hollywood whitewashing

Producers of a new Hollywood film called The Great Wall boasted about the movie’s large cast of Chinese actors. But the movie still focused on a white protagonist played by … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Refinery expansion may pose more health risks for Long Beach’s poor

A plan to expand production at a pair of oil refineries bordering West Long Beach has many concerned the project will further degrade already troubling air quality. Residents, environmentalists and … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Workshop teaches people to learn about farming

Sacramento farmer Chanowk Yisrael and his family have been inspiring people to understand the food system and grow their own food for a decade. Sacramento’s AccessLocal youth journalism program talked … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Was it my fault? Surviving sexual abuse

A 23-year-old survivor of sexual assault recalls how her world changed when she was abused at five years old. Her story is also one of resiliency and advocacy for other … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

YouthWire weighs in: sanctuary

The word sanctuary has taken on new power with the Trump administration’s aggressive stance on immigration enforcement. Youth reporters asked a cross section of peers from across California what sanctuary … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

I lost my Dad to gun violence

Dominik Vaughan was in fourth grade when his father was shot and killed. Years have passed since the first grief-stricken day Vaughan learned his father had died, and he reflects … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Without borders in San Diego

The U.S.-Mexico border is an arbitrary and fluid division for people with lives rooted in both worlds. A San Diego art exhibit featured artists works exploring the concept of being … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

My time reporting for Sacramento youth media

Youth reporter Julian DeLeonardis said the four months he spent Access Local in Sacramento creating journalism and learning technical skills — on deadline — will stick with him. “In four months … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

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