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.

Pioneering Youth Voices

For more than two decades, New America Media has been a pioneer and an innovator in the field of youth media - beginning with San Francisco-based YO! Youth Outlook in the late 80's and continuing with the founding of The Beat Within in 1997, Silicon Valley De-Bug in 2001 and The kNOw Youth Media in 2006.

Today NAM operates five youth media platforms across the Central Valley: The kNOw Youth Media in Fresno, Voicewaves in Long Beach, South Kern Sol, Coachella Unincorporated and We'Ced Youth Media in Merced. Each produces content available both online and via bi-annual, bi-lingual print publications distributed through inserts in area media and through community channels. NAM’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, NAM’s five 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, NAM’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