VoiceWaves is a Long Beach youth-led journalism and media-training project. The eight youth, ages 16-24, are learning to report, write, and create digital media content. Their journalism reports will raise awareness of neighborhood health issues and activate community action in Central and West Long Beach.
New America Media, with the support of The California Endowment and the Knight Foundation and in partnership with Building Healthy Communities, launched VoiceWaves in May 2011. The youth are being trained to use photography, video, radio and the Internet as community engagement tools to produce a better Long Beach.
The project is based at the Greater Long Beach Y's Community Development branch Youth Institute. For more than ten years, the Institute has been a training platform for teaching youth digital media, team-building, and community leadership skills.