My latest story
Life With A Deported Parent
April 26, 2017
Youth Radio and Boyle Heights Beat
by ZOLA CERVANTES
Produced by Erika Aguilar
Featured on All Things Considered, NPR
This is an audio memoir-type story about what teen life is like when one of your parents lives on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border because of deportation. The story was reported by Zola Cervantes, 18, of South Los Angeles. She was a student reporter a Boyle Heights Beat. I was hired by Youth Radio to produce this story. It took us about two to three months and several meetings but the story aired nationally on NPR on April 26!
I met Zola Cervantes in early 2017 through Youth Radio. She was a reporter for the community newspaper and website Boyle Heights Beat. It's a powerhouse of teenage journalists (led by adult editors) so well connected and trusted by the Boyle Heights community they report on that professional journalists in Los Angeles are envious of the students' leads!
I’m going on a reporting trip to Tijuana
June 1, 2017
Thanks to a reporting fellowship with the International Women’s Media Foundation, I’ll be spending most of July in Tijuana working on stories about cross-border trends in education and urban infrastructure that are driven by immigration.
And I’m asking you for a favor.
Over the next month, I’ll be searching for bilingual education sources and leads both in San Diego (or Southern California) and Tijuana. I want to know what curriculum changes administrators and teachers have made in order to address the needs of migrant children from Mexico and Central America now in their schools. And vise-versa. What are Mexican teachers and administrators doing in order to meet the needs of American students now living in Tijuana and other parts of Baja California? Perhaps you know of a good program or teacher or know of an issue I should be following … Dime!
I’m also reporting on how urban planners in Tijuana are dreaming up what that metropolis is starting to shape up to be — a diverse city of immigrants: Central Americans, Haitians, Americans, Mexicans and Tijuanaese. I’m specifically interested in housing needs, infrastructure needs for the colonias that have developed into what is now “sprawl,” and what does sharing water resources for San Diego and Tijuana look like in the future.
Does this sound interesting to you? Do you think you can help me? Fantastic! Cuéntame! Send me an email. Tweet me (@erikaaaguilar) or let’s connect somehow.