The Claws of Youth Gambling

Jun. 17, 2019 / By , , , , and

Don’t let the claws of problem gambling pull you in. Instead, learn about consequences of gambling addiction to make better decisions for a better future.

As part of the Betting On Our Future (BOOF) media campaign, four of our youth starred in a commercial that aims to raise awareness of problem gambling among young people. It all starts with a simple game of the claw. Starring in this extended version – #DirectorsCut – in order of appearance are Briana Mendez-Padilla, Odin Smith, Vanessa “Vina” Matias and Snigdha Barua.

Want to see more of what Long Beach youth have been up to? Join us at Pass The Mic Event! Long Beach Youth Advocacy & Media and watch a youth-produced mini-documentary on juvenile justice, a gallery of youth work, free food, and more! RSVP here:



Briana Mendez-Padilla, actor and boom operator

Odin Smith, actor

Vanessa “Vina” Matias, actor

Snigdha Barua, actor and reflector assistant

Montzerrat Garcia Bedolla, boom operator

Crystal Niebla, director, videographer and editor

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Crystal Niebla

Crystal was raised in South Los Angeles and is the first college graduate in her family. She is a class of 2016 CSULB graduate who has served as an editor for her campus newspaper and freelanced for the Long Beach Post and Random Length News. Crystal is now a Report for America corps member, covering the Westside for the Long Beach Post. Follow her work @crystalniebla on Twitter and @crystalniebla_media on Instagram.

Odin Smith

Odin, a.k.a. OdieSpice, is a music producer and student at Long Beach City College. She joined VoiceWaves in the Fall of 2018 and looks forward to future endeavors with the program!

Briana Mendez-Padilla

Briana Mendez-Padilla is a Poly Junior who loves to read, write and listen to music. Her favorite book is "Jane Eyre" and she is a huge fan of The Smiths and Morrissey. Her dream is to be a writer and live in a treehouse in London.

Vina Rosa Matias

Good day! My name is Vina Rose Matias and I'm currently a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic Highschool. I enjoy watching anime and reading.

Snigdha Barua

Snigdha Barua is a Poly Senior who immigrated to the United States at the age of eight from Bangladesh. She loves to do makeup and watch “The Food Ranger” on YouTube. Her future plans are to go to medical school and help developing countries through medicine.