Summer Culbreth

Summer Culbreth Summer Culbreth is a graduate from Millikan High School and now attends Cerritos college. She loves writing and photography and plans to find a career in public relations. VoiceWaves is helping her jumpstart my career by giving her the experience she needs to better as a journalist.

Posts by Summer Culbreth:

Deciding To Be a Teen Mom Was Hard, But Telling My Community Was Worse

Jul. 29, 2014 / By
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When I announced to my community that I decided to keep my baby, even though I was a teenager, I was called a “wh*re” and a “slut.” The nicer ones still said I was “careless” and “irresponsible.”

Sure, getting pregnant was an accident...

Students Have 99 Problems, and the Bus is One

Jan. 12, 2014 / By
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Backpack, check. Breakfast, check. Out the door you go and you’re thinking, “Today will be a good day.” But just as you walk to the bus stop, you see the bus fly by...

After Wage Victory, Hotel Workers Hit With Less Hours

Dec. 10, 2013 / By and
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Eleven months after a living wage measure for hotel workers passed in the City of Long Beach, workers at the Hilton Hotel say that the wage increase to $13 an hour has resulted in a reduction of their work hours...

Community College Students Struggle to Get Classes to Graduate on Time

Nov. 1, 2013 / By and
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Jacob Rios has been going to community college for about six years. Year after year he toiled to complete his general education courses, with each year coming one step closer to his seemingly unattainable associate’s degree...

Our Community: Leadership Long Beach

Sep. 9, 2013 / By
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“Our Community” is a VoiceWaves project and community event that was showcased on Aug. 26. Youth reporters were tasked to explore their community through a camera’s lens, each picking one community-based organization to shine a spotlight on...

Knowledge is Power: One Young Person’s Lesson in Local Government

Aug. 24, 2013 / By
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This summer the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs & A Healthy Community held a series of workshops to educate community members about the workings of local government...

How to Stay Fit for Free in Long Beach

Aug. 4, 2013 / By
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[ Ed Note: Communities of color are less physically active than the general population, putting them at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses, according to the Department of Health & Human Services...

Baseball Brings Smiles to Special Needs Children

Jun. 29, 2013 / By
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Long Beach is a host to a variety of Little League Baseball Teams. But there’s one league that is bringing both youth and their families together for hope...