The Road to Youth Justice

Jul. 15, 2019 / By , , , , , and

A former gang member, a youth’s strange run-in with the law, a student with A.D.D. kicked out of Wilson, and a public health expert. What can Long Beach learn from its own residents and youth about the road to true youth justice?

Check out this youth-produced documentary by Long Beach locals.

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M. Smith

M. Smith

You may see Multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.
Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez

Things about me: Poly high student, love to edit just don’t show it, will listen to people's problems and help out, like to listen to rock and watch lots of anime and movies, also love video games, want to help Long Beach so it can be the best you can be. I also want to become a film editor.
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Alvin Engo

Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Alvin immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, having to still deal with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives and the federalization of the Philippines.
Carlos Villicana

Carlos Villicana

Carlos is a longtime resident of North Long Beach who graduated from CSULB's journalism program in the spring of 2019. While there, he held multiple editorial positions for two years at the Daily 49er and served as managing editor for the inaugural edition of DIG en Español. Now Carlos wants to use what he learned to help bring attention to local issues and continue to improve his skills as a storyteller.
Benyamin Chao

Benyamin Chao

Benyamin is a Long Beach native, growing up in North Long Beach. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 and is passionate about telling stories. In his free time, you can find Benyamin singing karaoke or researching local history.
Yesenia Pacheco

Yesenia Pacheco

Yesenia is a Polytechnic High School student who is also the editor-in-chief in the journalism class. She enjoys listening to Michael Jackson.
Michael Lozano

Michael Lozano

Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. For the past 6 years, his mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online, on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was recently a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor.