Adrian Casillas Sáenz (left) and Diego Hernández are part of the Boyle Heights Beat youth team.

A video story by two Boyle Heights Beat youth journalists was chosen for KCRW’s Young Creators Project, and the two were featured Friday during a broadcast on the public radio station.

Adrian Casillas Sáenz and Diego Hernandez produced a video about the GRYD program at Legacy LA,  dedicated to gang and crime intervention and prevention  in Boyle Heights. Casillas Sáenz is a senior at Felícitas and Gonzalo Méndez High School attending UCLA in the fall. Hernandez is a junior at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet.

The two based their video on a story Hernandez had written about GRYD for Boyle Heights Beat’s latest print edition.

Counselors and participants in the GRYD Program at Legacy LA. Photo by

In the interview, the Boyle Heights Beat duo spoke about their community-based journalism.

“What I especially like about journalism … [is] the opportunity to offer stories from community members themselves,” said Casillas Sánez. “Boyle Heights doesn’t get the best rap in usual media publications, and it’s an opportunity to shift the narrative.” 

The Young Creators Project sought submissions in art, journalism, and music from young creatives in the greater LA area under 21.

Listen to the interview with Casillas Sáenz and Hernandez:

You can watch the video produce by Casillas Sáenz and Hernandez here:

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Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual community newspaper produced by its youth "por y para la comunidad". The newspaper and its sister website serve an immigrant neighborhood in East Los Angeles of just under...

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