Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities

Community Health, Youth Voices

You know you’re from Kern County when…

Youth reporter Randy Villegas asked classmates and friends to finish a phrase, and got a range of perspectives on the same region: You know you’re from Kern County when… “you step outside and … Continue reading

February 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Residents voice concern over Lamont’s wastewater plan

Researchers met with members of the public to discuss the potential impact of a proposed plan by the Lamont Public Utilities District to handle the area’s wastewater. Residents voiced concerns about how to ensure … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Students breathe easier at Ramona Gardens school

A new indoor air filtration system was installed in Murchison Elementary School over the summer to reduce the levels of outdoor pollutants inside classrooms. Students are regularly exposed to contaminants from a nearby freeway, … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Central Valley youth say Pope’s message has local impact

California is home not only to a large population of Latino Catholics, but also to some of the most pressing issues raised by the Pope – including climate change and … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Taking the chains off green space in Fresno

Community leaders are floating a possible solution to Fresno’s park problem — the city comes in last in the nation when it comes to clean, accessible green space. They are urging Fresno Unified School … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Three years after the Chevron refinery fire

On the three-year anniversary of the last big Chevron refinery fire, city officials, community leaders and residents gathered to recollect their memories of that day, and to remind each other that keeping the city safe from environmental … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

How I learned to stop littering and start composting

Ronvel Sharper’s teachers at Richmond High challenged him both academically and as a citizen of Richmond. They encouraged him to join Y-PLAN (for Youth — Plan, Learn, Act, Now!). The program … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cal State assists communities with aquaponics

Environmental Studies teachers and students from California State University, Sacramento, are sharing their aquaponics program with the local community. Aquaponics combines aquaculture — in which aquatic organisms produce waste that becomes nutrients for plants — … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Integral ecology: social and economic gaps shape environmental woes

Seven out of ten Californians live in counties with bad air quality and three million people in the state suffer from asthma, according to an environmental advocate who spoke at a recent … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Navigating Boyle Heights isn’t easy for the disabled

Residents with physical disabilities may soon see improvements on the uneven and badly cracked sidewalks in their neighborhoods. A victorious lawsuit on behalf of a quarter million disabled city residents claimed the city was in violation … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

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