Girls Rising in Long Beach and Beyond

Jul. 24, 2013 / By

[Ed. Note: On July 13, the Long Beach Public Library hosted a screening of “Girls Rising,” a film that raised questions about the fight for education for girls across the globe. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about how local residents and leaders can take action in using the power of eduction to change the world. The video above highlights organizers and panelists at the event.]

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Alyson Bryant

Alyson Bryant

Alyson Bryant was raised in Long Beach and is a graduate of Long Beach Poly High. Alyson has learned and seen a lot since high school, witnessing first-hand gang violence and the effects it had on her friends and fellow classmates– from going to jail to being killed. As a result, she has a strong passion for at-risk youth and her community. She is a youth mentor for at the California Conference for Equality and Justice and focuses her work on Long Beach youth in schools and detention centers. Since high school, she has obtained a A.S. degree in criminal justice and is now working on her B.A. With the opportunity she has be given by VoiceWaves, she is able to tell story about Long Beach and the issues it faces and speak for the communities whose voices are often marginalized.