Special Coverage

Young & Depressed: Breaking The Silence

About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 and an estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression, but no one's talking about it. In our series, we explored personal stories, challenges and solutions.

Understanding Trauma & Healing

National data suggests that about one-third of urban youth suffer for a complex form of PTSD. Over the summer, a youth reporting team produced a special report exploring different aspects of community trauma.

The Housing Crisis

Explore how Long Beach's many communities are experiencing change, for better or worse, in response to the city's rapid development. Some articles were published in collaboration with KCET’s City Rising series, a documentary program that traces gentrification and displacement through a lens of historical discriminatory practices.

Reel Food: Films About Sustainability

In collaboration with Long Beach Fresh & Long Beach Grocery Co-op, VoiceWaves youth reporters produced five short films highlighting positive food justice stories in the city. From diabetes to backyard farming, Long Beach residents share their powerful stories.