On October 12, 2011, VoiceWaves was given the opportunity to share our work with the Long Beach City Council. We talked about how beneficial the program is as a resource to the community. Two of the seven VoiceWaves Youth Journalists got to address to the Council. I was one of them.
The first person to talk was our Project Director and Executive Editor Prumsodun Ok. He introduced us as well as the website. After he spoke, VoiceWaves Youth Journalist John Oliver Santiago was next to present the site. He introduced himself, described the overall layout of the front page and where you can get more information about the team members. After he finished, the presentation was turned over to me. I introduced myself and explained how you can access the links page, the calendar, and how we are eventually going to include a resource page.
I felt very honored being a part of this event and speaking to city officials. I am ever so grateful to be a part of something so productive for my community and city. I would like for all of my fellow youth to understand how important it is for us to work together in creating a better tomorrow. I’m very proud to say that I am a Youth Journalist for Voicewaves, we work to make a positive impact on central and west Long Beach.
VoiceWaves Project Director + Executive Editor Prumsodun Ok looks on as VoiceWaves Youth Journalist John Oliver Santiago addresses City Council. Photo by Sophinarath Cheang.
VoiceWaves Youth Journalist Taitu Negus guides City Council through the VoiceWaves website as people look on. Photo by Sophinarath Cheang.
VoiceWaves Youth Journalist Taitu Negus guides City Council through the VoiceWaves website. Photo by Wendy Lopez.
First Disctrict Council Member Dr. Robert Garcia addresses VoiceWaves Youth Journalists, commending their work. Photo by Sophinarath Cheang.