The Peace Builders: Chris Covington

Feb. 4, 2013 / By

Twenty-one years old, Long Beach City College Public Policy and Communications major Chris Covington, is a man about town. Hundreds of people in Long Beach have met or come across this young man.

While he is VoiceWaves’ first spotlight for our series of Peace Builders for the Season for Nonviolence, this isn’t the first time Covington is being recognized. Just earlier this year, he was named a Youth Honoree for the 2013 Martin Luther King., Jr PeaceMaker Awards.

A graduate of Reid High School, Chris currently serves as a Building Bridges Youth Coordinator at the California Conference for Equality and Justice, as an Intern at the Miguel Contreras Foundation and as youth organizer at Khmer Girls in Action. In addition Chris is Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee for Building Healthy Communities of Long Beach and serves on the boards of The Latin American Community Center and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. His past experience includes serving as an Administrative Assistant for the office of Long Beach City Councilman Dee Andrews.

As you can see, his resume is pretty impressive and he’s always working on adding more to it.

Raised by a single mother on welfare, Chris has overcome various obstacles to become a proactive citizen within the Long Beach community. He plans on transferring to to California State University, Long Beach and hopes to become a City Manager someday.

To hear what others have to say about Chris, watch the video below.

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Ben Novotny

Ben Novotny is an alumnus of California State University, Long Beach where he majored in Journalism and minored in American Studies. At CSULB Ben was a staff writer for The Union Weekly, the student-run campus newspaper and was actively involved with the school's TV production studio. Ben was a Contributing Writer for The Long Beach Post and the Long Beach Business Journal and has been a Youth Reporter at VoiceWaves for four years.