For the last five years, talented youth reporters from the community have been reporting about the issues and events in Boyle Heights that matter most – stories told “por y para la comunidad,” or for and by the community.

Boyle Heights Beat, a quarterly bilingual newspaper produced by high school students, has become a must read for community residents, civic leaders and policymakers.

“The Boyle Heights Beat contributes to creating an awareness of some of the critical problems that plague our community and highlights the rich cultural and artistic experiences and treasures of Boyle Heights.”

-Carlos Montes, former President, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council

The youth news team asks for your financial support to continue this important work in the coming year.

Boyle Heights Beat youth reporters tell stories that help chronicle the happenings in their community and promote civic engagement through their reporting. They take on an active role in their community– an experience that makes a valuable impact in their lives.

Our quarterly community forums provide residents a chance to engage in dialogue about a number of issues impacting their community. Dozens of community members have packed our lively and intense community forums, where they share their opinions, perspectives and story ideas with youth reporters, as well as gain valuable information on topics such as health, gentrification and education.

Your support will help provide the following essential services and equipment:

Voice recorder: $50

Camera: $200

Laptop:  $400

A meal during a news meeting for 15-20 hungry youth reporters: $150

Student stipend for one semester: $250

One month of intensive mentoring: $360

Printing costs for a 16-page edition (distributed to 28,000 homes): $2,500

If you click on this link, you will be able to make a tax-deductible donation by credit card to the USC account for Boyle Heights Beat (Boyle Heights Beat is a collaboration between USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism and the Hoy Newspaper):

Alternatively, you may send a check made out to University of Southern California with “Boyle Heights Beat” in the memo field. If it is postmarked by December 31, it will be treated as a 2015 contribution. Please send it to:

Office of Development & Alumni Relations

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

3502 Watt Way, Suite 304

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281

With your help, we look forward to another successful year at the Boyle Heights Beat. Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

Michelle Levander and Pedro Rojas

Co-Editors & Publishers

And the Boyle Heights Beat News Team



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