About Us

Redwood Voice is a youth media organization designed to empower youth in Del Norte and Tribal Lands through amplifying their voices using media productions. We believe the first step in changing the narratives of our community is to tell the untold stories and raise the voices that are not heard through traditional communication outlets. 

We recognize the importance of meeting youth where they are at, and that in a rural community such as our own, geography and transportation can be a barrier for our young people’s access to opportunities such as this one. In response, we have designed our program to be mobile, expanding our reach to various sites in all communities of Del Norte and Tribal Lands as needed.

We also believe in empowering our rural community through providing media trainings and support to local businesses, nonprofits, clubs, groups, etc, fostering more effective communication, networking, and information sharing. Our organization is run by youth who believe in the importance of developing the next generation of youth leaders through training, skill-building, meaningful engagement, and real experiences.

Redwood Voice is funded and supported by The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, Humboldt Area Foundation, and Wild Rivers Community Foundation. Our support from the Building Healthy Communities initiative (which supports 14 communities throughout the state of California) gives us the unique opportunity to build partnerships with youth media programs from Del Norte to City Heights, San Diego. This network and support through the California Endowment expands the reach of our publications to communities throughout the entire State of California and beyond.

If you are interested in joining our team or having your work published on our website,
please visit our Get Involved page


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the media or comments on Redwood Voice are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Redwood Voice or its supporters including Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Humboldt Area Foundation, and The California Endowment.

We believe in the importance of sharing youth and community voice, and intend to be an outlet for opinions and personal perspectives. If you have a complaint about something or find your content is being used incorrectly, please contact Makenzy Cervantez, Youth Media Coordinator with Building Healthy Communities at 707-465-1238 x123 or email mcervantez@wildriverscf.org. Any infringement was unintentional and will be rectified to all parties satisfaction.

Facebook: facebook.com/redwoodvoice.dnatl
Twitter: @RedwoodVoice
Instagram: @RedwoodVoice

If you, or your group, class, club, organization, business, etc is interested in receiving any training or support from our organization, please contact Makenzy Cervantez, Youth Media Coordinator with Building Healthy Communities at
707-465-1238 x123 or email mwilliams@wildriverscf.org



Redwood Voice Team


Jacob Patterson – Facilitator/Freelancer


Jacob Patterson is a young, Queer activist with an interest in social justice, gender equality, youth empowerment, and digital media. She is a Crescent City native, having returned to the DNATL area after residing in San Francisco, Hawai’i, New York, and traveling/volunteering abroad. Since her return, she has been facilitating weekly meetings and a show on local radio station, KFUG, for her LGBTQ & gender justice group, Gender Talk. Through Gender Talk, Jacob has had the opportunity to work with a number of nonprofits, like Building Healthy Communities and the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, among others. Jacob is highly involved in the community, advocating for comprehensive sex ed., racial equity, domestic violence prevention, and creating safe spaces for queer youth. Recently, Jacob was selected for Fusion’s “Rise Up: Be Heard” journalism fellowship, with the goal of highlighting stories surrounding the concept of “health” in the DNATL area.

Makenzy Cervantez – Youth Media Coordinator

11889603_10203247648231463_3769905242984160398_n Makenzy Cervantez is a Youth Media Coordinator working with Building Healthy Communities: Del Norte and Tribal Lands, an initiative through The California Endowment. Fully believing in the power and the importance of amplifying and listening to youth voice, her role with BHC gives her the opportunity to support and enhance youth media in her community. Makenzy has been involved in local youth media programs since 2012, and helped start the Redwood Voice in 2013. She grew up in Crescent City, graduated from Castle Rock Charter School, and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities and Communications from College of the Redwoods: Del Norte. In her free time, Makenzy enjoys spending time with her husband, snuggling her cat, hiking, longboarding, playing video games, and cooking.