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 borderless showed writer Andrea Morín about herself. “We are all trying to be better every day at what we set out to do. We all […]Read More Without borders in San Diego
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 I’ve gone to city hall meetings, an art exhibition and an art workshop, a protest at the state capital, and even a gun show where […]Read More My time reporting for Sacramento youth media
Friendship can be complicated. When the friends are a guy and a girl, the complications can double when a significant other doesn’t understand the friendship. “Women are taught from birth that other women are the competition.” Read more at The kNOw.Read More The war between women: a personal note
The fear of being separated from loved ones is constant for mixed-status immigrant families. Merced County high schooler Crystal Rivera’s grandfather was deported seven years ago, and she reflects on how losing him across the border continues to hurt. “It seems like the adults in the family try their best to not speak about him […]Read More A deportation and the vanishing memories of my Grandpa
Low income families are often priced out of neighborhoods along California’s coastline. Long Beach environmental activists focused on health concerns among communities of color often target air quality, but the health of beaches and the ocean are also critical. “When it rains, all of the pollution from upstream ends up in Long Beach. As a result, […]Read More Long Beach activists want cleaner air. What about the beach?
Richmond teen Celeste Navarro started volunteering at a homeless shelter because she needed the community service hours to graduate. Three years later, the volunteer work has become an important part of her life. “When I see the families at the shelter, I see my own family, kind, caring, and compassionate.” Read more at Richmond Pulse.Read More Finding family as a homeless shelter volunteer
A group of Long Beach immigrants pushed their city to adopt sanctuary policies to protect immigrant residents from the Trump administration’s plan to step up deportations. Their experience was chronicled by VoiceWaves reporters in a short documentary. “We shouldn’t fear the people who are trying to get rid of us because if we fear them […]Read More Immigration destination: The road to sanctuary city
The Sacramento City Unified School District is getting a new superintendent, but most students aren’t aware of the change. Youth reporter and civic activist Bruce Tran expresses concern at low youth turnout at town hall meetings. “‘We the people’ are the one who grants the government their power. However, what happens when the people do not participate […]Read More Are young people prepared to inherit the political scene?
When does a trip to the California coast from a Central Valley town like Fresno become too expensive? Youth reporter Johnsen Del Rosario explores the importance of this coastline for families and recreation, and what’s at risk should the trip become too expensive. “Making sure the coast remains accessible and affordable should be a priority, […]Read More What’s your tipping point? When fun in the sun breaks the bank
A Pepsi commercial starring model Kendall Jenner giving a police officer a soda during a protest was a failed attempt to exploit the emotion behind the Black Lives Matter movement, says youth writer Keisa Reynolds. Pepsi executives pulled the advertisement and issued an apology that this writer says falls short of acknowledging how the ad […]Read More What Pepsi got wrong