Coachella Unincorporated

Coachella Unincorporated is a Youth Media Startup in the East Coachella Valley, funded by the Building Healthy Communities Initiative of The California Endowment and operated by New America Media in San Francisco. The purpose of the project is to report on issues in the community that can bring about change. Coachella Unincorporated refers to the region youth journalists cover but also to the unincorporated communities of the Eastern Valley with the idea to “incorporate” the East Valley into the mainstream Coachella Valley mindset.

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Leap of Faith Pays Off for Olive Crest Graduate

May. 25, 2013 / By

FATIMA RAMIREZ/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA — As I sit on a park bench, enjoying the appetizing food and appreciating the company of my classmates, I realize how much I have grown to appreciate every single one of them...

Teen Chef Battle Makes Healthy Eating Fun at CVHS

May. 19, 2013 / By

JOHNNY FLORES JR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA – The chefs carefully placed a souvlaki pita and a southwest chicken sandwich in front of the three judges, next to their scorecards...

Health Reform Means Not Going to Mexicali for Care

May. 15, 2013 / By

ALEJANDRA ALARCON/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA — Like a lot of other families living in the Eastern Coachella Valley, when one of our family members fell sick, it meant driving about a hundred miles across the border into Mexico, to the City of Mexicali, to get taken care of by a doctor...

Career Academies Baffle, Even as They Boost CVHS Grad Rates

May. 13, 2013 / By


Ed. Note: In 2011, California’s legislature passed AB 790, a statewide initiative aimed at addressing the growing number of high school graduates unprepared or under-prepared for either college or a career...

Disabled Youth Play Ball, Make Friends in Challenger Division

Apr. 28, 2013 / By

JOHNNY FLORES, JR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA — Javier Avila and Calani Raceles are two young men with mental challenges doing the unimaginable — playing baseball...

Read All About It: Introducing Our New Publication

Apr. 10, 2013 / By

COACHELLA – Coachella Unincorporated is proud to announce the arrival of its new publication, currently available at locations throughout the Eastern Coachella Valley...

A Youth Perspective on Marriage Equality

Apr. 4, 2013 / By

ALEJANDRA ALARCON/Coachella Unincorporated

I’ve been asked why I care about the issue of marriage equality. After all, I’m not gay, and discrimination against gay people doesn’t really interfere with my daily life...

Immigration Reform March

Mar. 28, 2013 / By

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Conference Aims to Send More Students to College

Mar. 15, 2013 / By


JOHNNY FLORES, JR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA – According to the Riverside County of Education, only about 53 percent of Coachella Valley Unified School District graduates pursue higher education...

Health Fair Attracts Inland Empire’s Uninsured

Mar. 11, 2013 / By
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following video shares the experiences of attendees at the WeConnect health and resource fair held in Riverside, California on March 2, 2013...

Two Farmworkers’ Daughters, Two Paths to Higher Education

Mar. 2, 2013 / By

COACHELLA, Calif. – Cristian Cabrera was working in the grape fields with her family last summer, saving money for the fall semester, when she received a text from a friend...

The HUE Looking for Local Acts

Feb. 27, 2013 / By

JOHNNY FLORES, JR/Coachella Unincorporated

COACHELLA, Calif. — Calling all performers! The HUE Music and Arts Festival wants your talents for its the third annual family-friendly event Saturday, April 6, 2013...