“Our Community” is a VoiceWaves project and community event being 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. The reporters shared their visions, as seen and heard in this photo essay series.
Photography featured Centro CHA, Educated Men with Meaningful Messages, Filipino Migrant Center, Khmer Girls in Action, Leadership Long Beach, LB Alliance for Children with Asthma, LB Community Action Partnership, Californians for Justice, Homeland Cultural Center, Building Healthy Communities LB, LB Immigrants Rights Coalition, and the LB Gay & Lesbian Center.
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.