YouthWire's mission:

Youth Journalism, Connecting Communities

YouthWire brings you stories by young people across California. The stories are drawn from youth-media projects producing hyper-local news content in underserved communities – the first statewide collaboration of youth reporters anywhere in the US. YouthWire provides a unique lens into the issues that matter most to the most populous and diverse youth population in the country.

YouthWire was founded to unify and showcase this wealth of youth-created content and to broaden its collective reach - beyond the local - to include a statewide audience of policymakers, advocacy groups, activists, educators and youth. To learn more about the youth media network, visit The California Endowment’s Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities website.

YouthWire is an independent project of Community Partners. 

Pioneering Youth Voices

Today YouthWire operates four youth media platforms across California: The kNOw Youth Media in Fresno, Voicewaves in Long Beach, Coachella Unincorporated and We'Ced Youth Media in Merced. Each produces content available both online and via bi-annual, bi-lingual print publications distributed  in area newspapers and through community channels. YouthWire's youth-produced content creates space for community voice in regions that have historically lacked indigenous and accessible media platforms.

Fostering a Generation of California Leaders

Using journalism as the tool, YouthWire's four youth media programs also provide young people in some of California’s most under-resourced communities with the skills needed to thrive in public life. Youth participants matriculate through a “Youth Media Pipeline” built around curricula that guides them from the basics of journalism to more advanced reporting, editing and other media related skills. As career incubators, YouthWire's youth media hubs work to place “graduates” in key internship positions that allow them to carry their newly-acquired skills into their professional lives.

Tim Haydock, YouthWire Director